From left: Timothy Arthur, Matilda Asante-Asiedu (Group Head of Retail Banking 1, Access Bank Ghana), Olumide Olatunji (MD, Access Bank Ghana)

In a drive to continuously support the Creative Arts Industry in Ghana and Africa, Access Bank Ghana PLC has sponsored the Gallery 1957’s Cultural Weekend.

Though dubbed Cultural weekend, it is a week-long programme comprising a gallery visit, art fairs, tour of historic monuments in Accra with exhibitions, presentations, and a trip to Palais de Lome in Togo.

The event launched on Ghana’s Independence Day in 2016, Gallery 1957, an affiliate of the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel, provides a platform for international exchanges between contemporary West African artistes and the rest of the world.

Access Bank’s commitment to supporting the Creative Arts Industry, is part of its corporate social responsibility focus to be the most sustainable and respected bank in Africa, financing and facilitating brighter futures for all stakeholders through innovative services and best in class operations.

Access Bank supports creative arts industry
An exhibited artwork

Leveraging on the Cultural Weekend, the Bank is expected to revive its owned online art initiative dubbed “iLiveForArt”, which sought to showcase and promote young Ghanaian artistes, scheduled to restart in the fourth quarter of the year.

Shedding more light on Access Bank’s commitment, the Managing Director of Access Bank Ghana PLC, Mr Olumide Olatunji, expressed optimism in the Creative Arts Industry and pledged the Banks continuous support to it.

“If talent and passion had a home, it would be in Ghana and Africa for that matter. Our Bank is therefore poised to push creative talents in Ghana across Africa and beyond”, he noted.

A highlight of the programme that started on Friday, 28th and ends on Tuesday, 31st August 2021, was the solo exhibition of Ace Artist/Architect Timothy Arthur’s “Grandma’s Hand”, his debut in Ghana. His artworks depict close family members and his life events, specifically in Accra where he was born.

Timothy’s large scale oil paintings were inspired by an archive of black and white photographs among his father’s papers which he brings to life with vibrant colours. Arthur’s artworks have been widely exhibited in London, and are part of international collections including ICA Miami.

The Founder of Gallery 1957, Marwan Zakhem, was full of praise for Access Bank’s initiative to support the programme and thanked them for their backing which ensured its success.

“Having long championed the creative arts across Africa we are so grateful that Access Bank Ghana chose to support Gallery 1957’s recent Cultural Weekend, allowing us to invite local and international audiences to engage further with Accra’s rich arts scene”, he said.

Over the years, Access Bank has been committed to supporting the Creative Arts Industry in Ghana. Its current online TV series “All Walks of Life”, shown on the bank’s YouTube channel every Friday, brings a refreshing breather to the stress COVID has brought.

Operating from 53 business locations across the country, Access Bank continues to build solid long-term relationships with customers based on trust, digital innovations, good customer service and transparency. The Bank has over the years developed a deep understanding of its customers, delivering excellent services and empowering them to achieve more through financial education.