Access Bank Ghana provided financial support to Gallery 1957’s Cultural Weekend as part of the bank’s commitment to provide continuous support for the Creative Arts Industry in Ghana and Africa. The support is part of Access Bank’s CSR commitments and its goal to become the most sustainable and respected bank in Africa, financing and facilitating brighter futures for all stakeholders through innovative services and best in class operations.

Managing Director of Access Bank Ghana Plc Mr. Olumide Olatunji expressed optimism about the creative arts industry and pledged the Bank’s continuous support for the industry. Leveraging on the Cultural Weekend, Access Bank Ghana will revive its own online art initiative dubbed “iLiveForArt”, which showcases and promotes young Ghanaian artists (scheduled to restart in the fourth quarter of the 2021).

“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.”

Mr. Olumide Olatunji | Managing Director, Access Bank Ghana Plc

Launched on March 6, 2016 (Ghana’s Independence Day), Gallery 1957, an affiliate of Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel, provides a platform for international exchanges between contemporary West African artists and the rest of the world. The 2021 Cultural Weekend is a week-long program that comprises a gallery visit, art fairs, tour of historic monuments in Accra with exhibitions, presentations and a trip to Palais de Lomé in Togo. A highlight of the program was the solo exhibition of Ace Artist/Architect Timothy Arthur’s “Grandma’s Hand”, his debut in Ghana. Mr. Arthur’s artworks depict close family members and his life events, specifically in Accra, where he was born. His artworks have been widely exhibited in London, and are part of international collections, including ICA Miami.

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

“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.”

Mr. Marwan Zakhem | Founder of Gallery 1957

Access Bank has committed to supporting the Creative Arts Industry in Ghana over the years. The bank’s 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 Ghana, Access Bank continues to build solid long-term relationships with customers based on trust, digital innovations, good customer service and transparency.