Accra, the capital of Ghana is a hub of creativity and art. With a thriving art scene, the city is home to several contemporary art galleries that showcase the art of talented local and international artists.
If you’re an art lover and you find yourself in the nation’s capital, here are 6 galleries you should do well to visit:
The Nubuke Foundation is a non-profit organization located in East Legon, a district in the capital that promotes the development of contemporary art and culture in Ghana. The foundation’s exhibitions and programs are designed to encourage creativity and inspire cultural exchange. Visitors to the Nubuke Foundation can expect to see works by established and emerging artists and shows and events that explore the intersections of art, culture, and society.
Located at the famous Kempinski Hotel in Accra, this contemporary art gallery showcases works by artists from Africa and around the world. Founded by Marwan Zakhem on Ghana’s Independence Day in 2016, it has since been a must-see for an art lover in Ghana. The gallery’s exhibitions are thought-provoking and engaging, and its events are not missed.
ADA, as the name suggests, is a contemporary art gallery established in 2020 by contemporary art advisor Adora Mba. ADA, since its inception, has been committed to nurturing and supporting fresh talent across a diverse set of mediums through its program of curated exhibitions.
This is usually the place to go in search of new artists since this gallery grants them the opportunity to present a comprehensive body of work. Located on the ground floor of Alto tower, which is one of the famous Villagio Vista towers, you will surely find the continent’s contemporary art community.
Our love for contemporary art seems ingrained as a new gallery of the same kind keeps springing up. The latest addition to Accra’s growing contemporary art galleries is the Amba Gallery. This gallery in the heart of the city represents part of the vast private Pan-African art collection of Mr. Amadu Baba. The African art on display spans over four decades of collection, including particularly ancient design modalities such as wooden sculpture, bronze, and handwoven antique textiles such as Kente, mud cloth, and batik. Being passionate about the preservation of African art, this space will be open to all to educate and connect art lovers to ancient African art.
This is a museum devoted to contemporary African and diasporan and doubles as an Artist residency for its fellows under the “Noldor Artist residency” program. Housed in a former pharmaceutical factory in the city center, this space shows the work of its fellows and art from its founder, Joseph Awuah Darko’s private collection. The space is open to public and private visits of the artists during their creation process and exhibition days.
Founded by Ghanaian photographer and filmmaker Paul Ninson, the Dikan Center houses more than 30,000 books he has collected. The first of its kind in Ghana, a photo studio and classrooms provide space for workshops, while a fellowship program is aimed at African documentarians and visual artists. The best part is that it has a space for exhibitions which will host regular shows of different African and diasporan artists. Seeing this space is a necessity for all visual artists in particular and art lovers everywhere.
Whether you are a seasoned art lover or a newcomer to the world of contemporary art, a visit to one of these six galleries is sure to be an inspiring and enlightening experience.
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