Godfried Donkor


Godfried Donkor, Collage work from 'The First Day of the Yam Custom 1817', Copyright the artist, and courtesy Gallery 1957, Accra


Godfried Donkor is a British-Ghanaian mixed-media artist interested in the socio-historical relationships of Africa and Europe.

Born in Kumasi, Ghana in 1964, Donkor left at the age of eight, growing up between Spain and England before completing a BA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, London and an MA in African Art History at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London.

Donkor’s work is included in international collections such as: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Smithsonian Museum of African Art - Washington D.C; Studio Museum, Harlem; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; Spanish Sports Council Collection; National Collection of Senegal; University of Helsinki; and National Gallery of Botswana.

Selected group and solo exhibitions include: David Adjaye: Making Memory, Design Museum, London (2019);The First Day of the Yam Custom: 1817, Gallery 1957, Accra (2017); Afriques Capitales, Parc de la Villiette, Paris (2017); and Still the Barbarians, EVA International Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick (2016).

He lives and works across London, UK and Accra, Ghana.


Born 1964, Kumasi, Ghana

Lives and works in London, UK

Solo Exhibitions (selected)

2019 - Upcoming

  • Working title: Battle Royale: Last Man Standing, Gallery 1957, Accra, Ghana, 24 August - 5 October


  • The First Day of the Yam Custom: 1817, curated by Koyo Kouoh, Gallery 1957, Accra, Ghana


  • People of Utopia, Artco gallery, London


  • The fives court, Fred Gallery, London


  • The Olympians and Muses, Afronova Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Story of a London township, Space, London, UK


  • State of the Union, T1 + 2 Gallery, London, UK
  • Once upon a time in the west, there was lace, Wollaton Hall Nottingham, UK


  • Financial Times, Gorre Festival, Gorre Island, Senegal
  • Abolition 07, Hackney Museum, London , UK


  • The Sable Venus and the Black Madonna, Gallerie 23, Amsterdam, Holland
  • Jamestown Masquerade, Walsh metal works, St Croix, USVI


  • Concerto in light and Darkness no 1, National Museum, Ghana


  • Godfried Donkor, Pascal Polar Gallery, Brussels, Belgium


  • Financial Times, Ecole Regionale des beaux Artes, Nantes, France


  • The Fancy, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London, UK
  • Godfried Donkor, Recent works, The Scene Gallery, NY, USA


  • Godfried Donkor, Albrecht Durer Kunstverein, Nuremberg, Germany


  • Handel and Hogarth at Vauxhall pleasure gardens, St Peters Church, London, UK
  • Artists in Residence exhibition, IASPIS, Stockholm, Sweden


  • Whose Africa, Horniman Museum, London, UK
  • Wrestling and Mysticism, Dak’Art 2000, Dakar, Senegal


  • Slave to Champ, E M A C A, Nottingham, UK

Group Exhibitions (selected)


  • David Adjaye: Making Memory, Design Museum, London, UK


  • African Metropolis: An Imaginary City, MAXXI, Rome, Italy


  • Afriques Capitales, Parc de la Villiette, Paris, France


  • Still the Barbarians, EVA International Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick, Ireland


  • Streamlines, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany


  • Conversations: African and African American artworks in Dialogue, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, USA


  • Speaking of people, Ebony, Jet and contemporary Art, Studio Museum, Harlem, USA


  • How far how near, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland


  • Hollandaise, Raw Material Company, Dakar, Senegal


  • Cologne Paper Art, Cologne, Germany
  • Aus Afrika,Galerie Frank Schlag & Cie. Essen, Germany
  • Hollandaise, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Holland
  • Black Germany, Haus de Kunst, Munich, Germany
  • Boxe, Fondation Blachere, Apt, France
  • Moving into space: Football and Art in West Africa, National Museum of Football, Manchester, UK
  • Gold, Museum Belvedere, Austria
  • 28 days: Reimagining black history month, J M .Barnicke gallery/Georgia Scherman projects, Toronto, Canada


  • Interpretations of Africa, football and design, Design Museum, UK
  • Alias, Krakaw Photomonth, Krakaw, Poland
  • Art on Poetry, Saison Poetry Library, South Bank, London, UK
  • 'as it is ', Africa Applauded, Mojo Gallery, Dubai


  • III World festival of Black arts and Cultures, Dakar, Senegal
  • Space and Currencies, Museum of Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa


  • Landfall, Docklands Museum, London, UK


  • Trade Winds, Docklands Museum, London , UK
  • Trade and Empire: Remembering Slavery, The Whitworth Art Gallery , UK


  • Pin Up, Tate Modern, London, UK


  • Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
  • Studio Museum, Harlem
  • Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
  • Spanish Sports Council Collection
  • National Collection of Senegal
  • Smithsonian Museum of African Art - Washington D.C.
  • The World Bank Collection, Washington D.C
  • ArtOmi international artist collection
  • Unilever Collection
  • University of Helsinki
  • National Gallery of Botswana


1994 – 1995

  • School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK
  • M. A. African Art History

1991 - 1992

  • Escolla Massana, c/ Hospital, Barcelona, Spain
  • Fine Art Painting Post Graduate Studies

1984 - 1989

  • Central St Martins College of Art, London, UK
  • B. A. Hons Fine Art



Godfried Donkor, The First Day of the Yam Custom: 1817, 2017

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Godfried Donkor, People of Utopia, 2011

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