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Five art grant winners to exhibit at Accra gallery this September

Updated: Jun 29

Five emerging Ghanaian artists have secured US$2,000 in grant funding each to create new artwork and exhibit their work in an Accra-based gallery in September.

The winning artists are:

Emmanuel Afriyie Arthur - a painter and sculptor, addresses social issues through his thought-provoking works inspired by Ghana’s slum areas.

Dela Quarshie - a contemporary artist, creates anthropomorphic figures using acrylic on canvas and 3-D acrylic paint to explore identity, transformation, and mental health.

Elroy Salam - a photographer and video artist, who delves into the complexities of the human experience, navigating themes of spirituality, the environment and identity.

Hannah Baah Entsiful - known for her evocative photography and storytelling, explores beauty norms, discrimination against minorities, and empowerment of marginalised communities in her project ‘Dear Woman’.

Mary-Jo Adjetey - a multidisciplinary artist, blends traditional and digital media to create installations and multi-sensory experiences that tell a story through art. Her recent project, ‘Sit By The Fireside’, was on show at the ‘Echoes of Ghana’ exhibition in December 2023.

The funding is part of an initiative launched by the Africa Prime Initiative (API), the philanthropic arm of US-based video streaming platform Africa Prime, and Accra-based contemporary art space Gallery Soview. The Gallery will also host an exhibition featuring the grant winners' work in September 2024.

API Founder Yaya Moussa said: “These five artists are representative of the vibrancy, colour, and diversity of Ghana’s art scene."

Founded in 2022, API has provided grants to artists in Namibia, in collaboration with the StArt Art Gallery, and in Madagascar, in partnership with Fonds Yavarhoussen. Two years later, the initiative expanded to support emerging artists in Ghana.

Barbara Kokpavo Janvier, Gallery Soview’s founder and director, congratulated the winners, adding that their promising talents enrich and inspire the Ghanaian art scene.

To find out more about the grants and the application process, visit @gallerysoview on Instagram and Facebook, or email

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