Gallery 1957: Bridging Ghana and London through contemporary art

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Gallery 1957, a contemporary art gallery with locations in Accra, Ghana and London, UK, is dedicated to fostering international exchanges between diverse art practices and the global community.

The gallery presents artists who explore themes of belonging, identity, cultural exchange, and social history, often challenging Western narratives.

Founded by Marwan Zakhem in 2016 on Ghanaian Independence Day, Gallery 1957 has expanded to three gallery spaces in Accra.

Initially focused on promoting Ghana and West Africa's presence in the arts scene, it now encompasses the broader Global South and its diaspora.

The London space, which opened in October 2020, offers a further platform for artists to engage with a growing network of international collaborators.

Gallery 1957 hosts exhibitions, installations, and performances by celebrated artists, fostering connections between local and international audiences.

Its global partnerships and artist residency program have attracted numerous international artists and arts professionals to Ghana. The annual Cultural Week in September promotes deeper engagement with Ghana's vibrant contemporary art scene.

In 2021, Gallery 1957 introduced the Yaa Asantewaa Art Prize for female Ghanaian artists, the first art prize of its kind dedicated to this group. This initiative underscores the gallery’s commitment to supporting and promoting both emerging and established artists.

Beyond its gallery walls, Gallery 1957 engages in a robust public program that includes participation in local and international art fairs, talks, off-site projects, site-specific installations, and the publication of books and catalogues.

These efforts continuously support cultural initiatives in Ghana, Africa, and beyond, reinforcing the gallery's mission to create a dynamic and inclusive art dialogue.



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