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New grants launched for emerging Ghanaian artists

If you are an emerging Ghanaian artist aged between 18 and 35, you could be awarded a grant to further your work in the fields of painting, drawing, sculpture, or photography.


Namibia’s StArt Art Gallery
Namibia’s StArt Art Gallery

Up to five artists stand to receive a US$2,000 grant each through a scheme launched by the Africa Prime Initiative (API), the philanthropic arm of US-based video on demand streaming platform Africa Prime, and Gallery Soview, a contemporary art space based in Accra.

 

Through the grant, API aims to provide artists with an international platform to showcase their art.


“Our mission is to give emerging African talent global visibility and ensure authentic African voices are well represented on the world stage,” says Yaya Moussa, founder of Africa Prime and API.

© Yaya Moussa, founder of Africa Prime and API
© Yaya Moussa, founder of Africa Prime and API

“We want to help break down financial barriers that prevent African artists from realising their creative visions and show the world the significant contribution African art can make.”

Gallery Soview will gather submissions, support API, assess the merits of each application, and disburse the awarded funds. The application deadline is 30 April.

 

Soview Gallery founder and director Barbara Kokpavo Janvier, underscored the gallery’s commitment to increasing the visibility of these artists both within Africa and globally.


She said: “Our mission goes beyond exhibiting artworks. We provide strategic support to artists: we guide, advise, and connect them with galleries, collectors and influencers around the world.


“Our ultimate goal is to enable our artists to make a sustainable living from their artistic work and contribute to the art ecosystem in and out of Africa.”


The gallery regularly features these artists at notable fairs such as Also Known As Africa (AKAA) and BAD+ art fair held annually in France.


API’s first grants initiative was launched in 2022 in collaboration with Namibia’s StArt Art Gallery. Five Namibian artists received US$2,000 each to fund new works which were showcased at the ‘Rising Voices’ exhibition held at the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC) in Windhoek in August 2023.


API has since gone on to provide grants to artists in Madagascar in partnership with Fonds Yavarhoussen. The Namibia and Madagascar grants enabled recipients to purchase specialised tools and materials, fund education, and host their own exhibitions, further developing their artistic talents.


To find out more about the grants and the application process, visit @gallerysoview on Instagram and Facebook, or email hello@gallerysoview.com. Click here to apply.


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