• THE YAA ASANTEWAA ART PRIZE:

    (Photo: Maame Araba Baboa Opoku, left, and  Theresa Ankomah, right)

    THE YAA ASANTEWAA ART PRIZE:

    FIRST EVER DEDICATED ART PRIZE FOR WOMEN ARTISTS LIVING AND WORKING IN AFRICA

  • Named after the prominent Ghanaian queen, the prize launch coincided 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 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, to one winner. A second and third prize of GH₵20,000 and GH₵15,000 will be offered to runners up.

  • The 2020 Yaa Asantewaa art prize was judged by Afua Hirsch (Writer and broadcaster), Amoako Boafo (Artist), Charlotte Newman (Collector),...

    The 2020 Yaa Asantewaa art prize was judged by Afua Hirsch (Writer and broadcaster), Amoako Boafo (Artist), Charlotte Newman (Collector), Ibrahim Mahama, (Artist and founder of the SCCA), Touria El Glaoui (Founder 1-54)  and  Zoe Whitley (Director Chisenhale Gallery). 

     

    First prize was awarded to Maame Araba Baboa Opoku.  Our esteemed judges selected Theresa Ankomah and Anya Painstil as 1st runner up and 2nd runner up respectively.

  • Marwan Zakhem, Founder of Gallery 1957:

    'Listening and working closely with 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.'


  • Afua Hirsch, judge for the inaugural Yaa Asantewaa prize, 2020:

    '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.'

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