8 March, 2021

Entries open to Africa’s first Art Prize for Women: The Yaa Asantewaa Art Prize

Gallery 1957 is proud to announce the launch of the first ever dedicated art prize for women artists living and working in Africa: The Yaa Asantewaa Art Prize. Named after the prominent Ghanaian queen, the prize launch coincides with the gallery’s 5th anniversary celebrations, and aims to further strengthen our commitment to supporting and promoting emerging and established artists across Ghana and the diaspora.

The inaugural art prize is open exclusively to Ghanaian women and self identifying women artists either living in Ghana or across its diaspora. In the future, we look forward to expanding the prize to include all African and African diaspora identifying artists. The prize will award GH₵40,000 alongside an artist residency and exhibition at Gallery 1957 in 2021, to one winner. A second and third prize of GH₵20,000 and GH₵15,000 will be offered to runners up. Applications close on 31 May 2021, with a winner announced in August 2021.

The winner is chosen by a jury of international experts including artists, curators, and arts writers. The jurors for the inaugural 2021 prize are:

Afua Hirsch, Writer and broadcaster
Amoako Boafo, Artist
Charlotte Newman, Collector
Ibrahim Mahama, Artist and founder of the SCCA
Marwan Zakhem, Director, Gallery 1957
Touria El Glaoui, Founder 1-54
Zoe Whitley, Director, Chisenhale Gallery

Marwan Zakhem, Founder of Gallery 1957, commented:
'Listening and working closely to our local community, we have identified a need to support particularly women artists in Ghana. In creating The Yaa Asantewaa Art Prize, we hope to offer a way in which to address the lack of existing support for women and women identifying artists in the country, and its diaspora. Beyond the financial support, the goal is to give participating shortlisted artists a platform for their work, and exposure worldwide.'

Prize judge Afua Hirsch, commented:
'Ghana has a remarkable history of artistic genius, but there is still so much to do to centre Ghanaian creatives and their work so that their contribution is recognised and their future supported. It's a real honour to be part of this project to particularly showcase women artists in Ghana. I'm looking forward to working with Gallery 1957 in its important work of supporting Ghana's richly diverse and collaborative arts scene, and launching this arts prize for women, the first of its kind on the continent.'

Entries for the 2021 Yaa Asantewaa Art Prize are now open and close on 31 May 2021. The Yaa Asantewaa Art Prize is open to all women and self-identifying women artists, based in Ghana and the Ghanaian diaspora. All applicants must send through an artist statement and biography as well as three accompanying jpegs in high resolution of recent work produced after January 2020. All applications should be submitted to: applications@gallery1957.com

First Prize
Plus Social Media/Digital Marketing; 4 months artists residency (which includes artist studio, art materials, stipend, and accommodations); A solo show at Gallery1957 will follow the residency.

Second Prize
Social Media/Digital Marketing

Third Prize
Social Media/Digital Marketing

Winners of The Yaa Asantewaa Art Prize 2021 will be announced August 2021. All applications should be submitted to: applications@gallery1957.com

15 December, 2020

Gallery 1957 Heralds a New Era for West African Artists on Their Own Terms

Artsy editorial highlights Gallery 1957's deep conviction for artist representation in West Africa and its mission "to be driven by artists and their ideas, and to be dedicated to telling their histories and heritage on their own terms.”

13 November, 2020

For Ghanaian Portraitist Kwesi Botchway, Fashion and Power Go Hand in Hand

“Kwesi is the right artist for this time...[his] declaration of the Black identity is like a testimony of the contemporary life” says Marwan Zakhem for Galerie Magazine on Kwesi Botchway's solo show 'Becoming as well as Being' at Gallery 1957, London.

27 October, 2020

Kwesi Botchway Revels in the Many Colors of Blackness – for Vogue US

"Botchway takes what he knows of the subject and builds on it, recreating their identity to tell a larger story through color, shape, and light, all achieved through those recognizable Impressionistic brushstrokes." Arts writer Grace Edquist interviews Kwesi Botchway on his solo show 'Becoming as well as Being' at Gallery 1957, London for Vogue.

17 September, 2020

Gallery 1957 To Open London Outpost

Gallery 1957 will open a new outpost in London on the ground floor of a Kensington townhouse in Hyde Park Gate on October 23. The inaugural exhibition at the space, which is co-curated by writer Ekow Eshun, will feature new figurative works by painter Kwesi Botchway. Forthcoming presentations at the London gallery will spotlight Tiffany Alfonseca, Serge Attukwei Clottey, and Gideon Appah.

27 May, 2020

Artist Talk: Dark Purple Is Everything Black

Enjoy a 30 minute virtual Q+A with artist Kwesi Botchway and curator Katherine Finerty, who wrote the exhibition essay for Kwesi's recently opened solo show 'Dark Purple is Everything Black' at Gallery 1957.

Katherine and Kwesi have been in conversation for the past year about this new body of work and the exciting transition in Kwesi's portraiture painting practice in which combining realism and impressionism forms a new visual language about colour, identity, and representation. In this Q+A session they cover Kwesi's journey as an artist, his evolving technical practice, how he seeks to redefine notions of beauty and culture, and what it's like to be embracing news ways of communicating and gathering in the unique conditions of our time.

Part 1 of the conversation includes:
00:00 – Introduction
00:50 – Meet the Artist: Kwesi
04:45 – Meet the Writer: Katherine
06:55 – Earlier Work
09:20 – Newer Series
12:55 – Eyes Are Windows To The Soul

Part 2 of the conversation includes:
‪00:05 – Behind The Scenes‬
‪02:00 – Cultural Representation‬
‪05:00 – Art Heroes‬
‪07:35 – Self-Portrait‬
11 :05 – What's Next
13:40 – Thank You

8 April, 2020

Godfried Donkor in the Good Sport Magazine

This month Godfried Donkor is featured in Good Sport Magazine's issue 04. Talking about his life and work, Donkor particularly discusses the history of pugilism that provided the basis of his recent exhibition, Battle Royale: The Last Man Standing Part 1, in August 2019 at Gallery 1957.

2 April, 2020

An Interview between Langlands & Bell, Gus Casley-Hayford and Jonathan Watkins

In anticipation of Langlands & Bell's "The Past Is Never Dead..." exhibition, we bring to you an interview between Langlands & Bell, Gus Casley-Hayford (Director Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC) and Jonathan Watkins (Director IKON, Birmingham UK) as they discuss a range of issues raised by the artists' new body of works.

Click here for the full interview.

18 February, 2020

Date Change

Due to unforeseen circumstances our Abdoulaye Konaté show has now been moved to the end of summer...

We will keep posted for the new dates.

We look forward to share with you what he has been working on !

Gallery 1957

10 January, 2020

Serge Attukwei Clottey at Moody Center for the Arts/ Rice University, Houston Texas.

We are very excited that Serge Attukwei Clottey will be showcase alonside 9 other african artists for the show :

- “Radical Revisionists: Contemporary African Artists Confronting Past and Present” at the Moody Center for the Arts.

Featured artists will include Sammy Baloji, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Omar Victor Diop, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Zanele Muholi, Robin Rhode, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Mary Sibande and Pascale Marthine Tayou. The show reconsiders Western narratives about Africa and its history and invites viewers to reexamine both past and present.

In the Central Gallery, the Moody will commission a new site-specific installation by Clottey, best known for his large-scale works that incorporate repurposed materials. Like Rhode, Clottey’s works also often involve participatory public performances. Reusing plastic gallon jugs that are commonly found across Africa, Clottey’s self-coined “Afrogallonism” work challenges viewers to consider the powerful agency of everyday objects as a vehicle for exploring issues of migration, colonial trade routes and gender stereotypes.

"Radical Revisionists: Contemporary African Artists Confronting Past and Present” will open Jan. 24, 2020. It will be on view through May 16.

14 November, 2019

Joana Choumali Wins the 2019 Prix Pictet Photography Award

Gallery 1957 is delighted to announce that Joana Choumali has been awarded the 2019 Prix Pictet photography prize; the first African photographer to scoop the honour.

This year's theme was Hope - a reaction to the conflicts and crises of the contemporary climate, whilst recognising hope as a powerful force to overcome. The artist was awarded for her series “Ça va aller” (it will be ok)— a commonly used phrase in her home country Côte d'Ivoire - a series of embroidered photographs responding to the trauma of terrorist attacks in 2016.

Choumali explains: “Each stitch was a way to recover, to lay down the emotions, loneliness and mixed feelings I felt. As an automatic scripture, the act of adding colorful stitches on the pictures has had a soothing effect on me, like a meditation. Adding embroidery on these street photographs was an act of channeling hope and resilience.”

Her work together with the other 12 shortlisted artists for the Prix Pictet, is currently on view at the V&A, London, until 8 December.

7 October, 2019

Gideon Appah and Joana Choumali at MACAAL, Marrakech

Gallery 1957 artists Joana Choumali and Gideon Appah are currently on show as part of 'Welcome Home' at MACAAL, Marrakech. The exhibition showcases new acquisitions from MACAAL's dynamic private collection.

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