IIA Endorses Contemporary Art Prize

Date: 10/11/2014

Invest in Africa is proud to endorse the launch of the Kuenyehia Prize for Contemporary Ghanaian Art; entries open on Monday 25th August 2014 and closing 31st October 2014.

Elikem Nutifafa Kuenyehia, an accomplished lawyer and Ghanaian entrepreneurial activist, recently launched the prize to inspire Ghanaian artists to continue to produce important cultural art that attracts both local and international audiences but, most importantly, is underpinned by good business practices that will ensure a vibrant local market for Ghanaian art.

The Kuenyehia Prize for Contemporary Ghanaian Art seeks to challenge these views and demonstrate that the development of the art sector can contribute to Ghana’s economy. Elikem points towards the continued demand for African art by tourists, expats and Africa’s growing middle class.

On the prize, Elikem commented: “Art should be an asset to the wider Ghanaian economy but it needs to be respected as a viable source of income and artists need to be armed with the right business skills, equipment and mindset to build a sustainable business.”

The Kuenyehia Prize for Contemporary Ghanaian Art is open to mid-career Ghanaian artists between the ages of 25 and 40. The award winner will receive GHs 20,000 of which GHs 8,000 is available for the purchase of materials. The winner and runners up will be give special access to training, coaching and mentorship from business experts in across a range of business disciplines.

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