The Kuenyehia Prize, the flagship of the Trust identifies, rewards and helps develop Ghana’s most outstanding artists between the ages of 25 and 40. Winners and runners-up benefit from prize money and materials totalling thirty-five thousand cedis (GHS 35,000) each season. Judges over the past four seasons include: Professor El Anatsui, the first African to be awarded the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement – the highest honour bestowed on an artist – at the 2015 Venice Biennale; Richard Scott, a South African artist of global repute; Gbenga Oyebode MFR, one of Nigeria’s most influential art collectors; and Professor Ablade Glover, one of the most prolific and collected Ghanaian artist. The prominence that the Prize gives to its artists provides them with an accelerated boost in their careers, direct financial gain and immense opportunity both locally and internationally.
Thought leadership seminars that contribute to efforts to refocus intentional attention on the arts in policy and practice in Ghana. Past discussions have centered on;
“Role of the Arts in the Making of Culture and Nation Building”
“The Responsibility of the African Artist in Challenging African Stereotypes”
“E Be Art We Go Chop! The Role of Arts and Cultural Entrepreneurs in Developing Ghana”
Panelists from different facets of the arts have included ace musician and cultural icon, Okyeame Kwame; veteran actress, cultural activist and former deputy minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Dzifa Gomashie; Selassi Atadika; chef and founder of MIDUNU.
Checkout our just recent video of the 2018 Telling Tall Stories "E Be Art We Go Chop"
Facilitates the growth of short and long listed Kuenyehia Prize artists through 5 development pillars:
Resource people over the years include over 20 business leaders, established artists, art educators, lawyers such as Kofi Setordji, Professor Ablade Glover, Ruka Sanusi, Enam Gbewonyo, Kelvin Abdallah, Elikem Nutifafa Kuenyehia, George Ampratwum and Edwin Baffour
Caterpillar Inc (Co-Chair), Chicago, USA.
Chief of Satff to SVP Global Markets, IBM Inc, New York, USA.
Chief Operating Officer, Fithoil, USA.
Managing Director, Nuli Juice Company, Lagos, Nigeria.
Social Development Advisor DFID, Accra, Ghana.
Nana Kofi Acquah
Documentary photographer and writer, Accra, Ghana.
Marian Ekua Hayfron-Benjamin
Founding Partner, Ashong Benjamin & Associates, Accra, Ghana.
Managing Partner of Pan-African Soleil Holdings (PASH), London, England.
Art collector, Investment Banker
Freelance Journalist/Deputy Editor, African Arguments, Lagos, Nigeria.
Head of Legal for Group Technology Nedbank, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Associate Director, PwC, Accra, Ghana.
Elisabeth 'Liz' Gomis
Consultant, Africa 2020 Project, Paris, France.
Academic, DJ and freelance writer Webster University Ghana, Accra, Ghana.
Chief Operating Officer, Africa Leadership University, Mauritius.
Executive Director Africa Foresight Group, Accra, Ghana.
Partner Viva Boutique, Accra, Ghana.
Founder & CEO, Alchemy Alternative Energy (AAE) & CeleRad Africa, USA.
Managing Trustee, Kuenyehia Tust for Contemporary Art, Accra, Ghana.