Abdullah Elias


Abdullah Elias

For 15 years, Abdullah (he/him/they/them) has worked as an artist and socially engaged designer in Philadelphia, New York, Bangkok, and London. Through various modes of community engagement and co-design, Abdullah supports the development of holistic platforms and projects which promote long-term sustainable economic and cultural growth. working in partnership with a wide range of socio-economic groups, , delivering projects in collaboration with public and private institutions, galleries and grassroots organizations

Abdullah is currently an integral part of the Flatbush Caton Market team, where he is developing the Mangrove incubator, and supporting the interior and operational design of the future market. He is accustomed to driving impact by working in partnership with a wide range of socioeconomic groups and delivering projects in collaboration with public and private institutions, galleries, and grassroots organizations. 

Abdullah also provides creative support for the Philadelphia Equitable Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Study and the Builty by Philly microsite where they are acting as the photographer and videographer for the initiative's interview series.  

Abdullah has facilitated the strategic and conceptual development of community-led projects such as the Peckham Palms Afro Hair and Beauty Hub, Peckham Food Hall on behalf of Southwark Council, the Tomorrow’s Market vendor program on behalf of the Greater London Authority, and A Common Ground community garden installation for the Tate Britain.  

Abdullah stopped attending school at 15 years old when he moved to western Thailand to work for an NPO along the Burmese border which supported Karen, Rohingya and Mon refugees and orphans that were displaced due to the Burmese regime. During his time there he supportted a number social enterprise and community ventures including a sustainable clothing company, a natural brick company, and a foraged coffee roastery. 

Abdullah currently resides in Philadelphia, and you can check out his creative portfolio, including his work with West Philly's Common Knowledge Collective here.