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Gallery 1957 Has Launched The Yaa Asantewaa Art Prize: Africa’s First Dedicated Art Prize For Women Artists

Gallery 1957 has launched the first-ever dedicated art prize for women artists living and working in Africa: The Yaa Asantewaa Art Prize. Named after the prominent Ghanaian queen, the prize launches to coincide with the gallery’s 5th-anniversary celebrations and strengthens their commitment to supporting and promoting emerging and established artists across Ghana and the diaspora.

Open to all women and self-identifying women artists based across Ghana and the Ghanaian diaspora, the prize will award GH₵40,000 alongside a 4 month artist residency and solo 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.

Applications close on 31 May 2021, with a winner announced in August 2021.

The winner is chosen by a jury of international experts including artists, curators, and arts writers. The jurors for the inaugural 2021 prize are Afua Hirsch, Amoako Boafo, Zoe Whitley, Charnewman, Ibrahim Mahama and Touria El Glaoui

Winners of the 2021 prize will be announced this summer with an exhibition and programme of events including talks and studio visits to be held for all those shortlisted prior to announcement.

All eligible candidates to apply as soon as possible. All applicants must send through an artist statement and biography as well as at least three accompanying jpegs in high resolution of recent work produced after January 2020. All applications should be submitted to: applications@gallery1957.com



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