Gallery 1957 Opens Applications for the Fourth Yaa Asantewaa Art Prize

The Yaa Asantewaa Art Prize Jury

Gallery 1957 is delighted to announce the launch of the fourth edition of The Yaa Asantewaa Art Prize. This prestigious award, named after the illustrious Ghanaian Queen Mother Yaa Asantewaa, continues to champion and celebrate the contributions of Ghanaian women artists both in Ghana and across the diaspora.

The prize underscores Gallery 1957’s commitment to fostering artistic talent by offering significant opportunities for both emerging and established artists. Open exclusively to Ghanaian women aged 18 and above, the competition seeks to elevate their artistic careers through recognition and substantial financial support.

This year’s jury comprises a distinguished panel of international art experts:

  • Godfried Donkor – Multidisciplinary Artist
  • Touria El Glaoui – Founding Director of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair
  • Ekow Eshun – Writer and Curator
  • Margaux Huille – Director of Fondation H
  • Koyo Kouoh – Executive Director and Chief Curator of Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa and Founding Artistic Director of RAW Material Company
  • Marie-Cécile Zinsou – Art Historian, Curator, Author, and Founder of Fondation Zinsou

The previous year saw the talented Lois Selasie Arde-Acquah crowned as the 2023 recipient, with filmmaker Nuotama Frances Bodomo and multidisciplinary artist Akosua Viktoria Adu-Sanyah as first and second runners-up, respectively.

The prize awards include:

  • First Prize: An artist residency and exhibition at Gallery 1957, along with GHC 50,000.
  • Second Runner-up: GHC 30,000.
  • Third Runner-up: GHC 20,000.

Applications are now open and must be submitted by September 16, 2024. The winners will be announced in October 2024. Interested artists are invited to email their submissions to Each application should include:

  • A bio (up to 200 words) detailing the artist’s background, education (formal or informal), and artistic journey.
  • A portfolio of up to six high-resolution images/videos/media links of their artworks, complete with titles, dates, mediums, and measurements.

All documents should be saved in PDF format.

For additional information, visit the Gallery 1957 website or contact Gallery 1957 eagerly anticipates the diverse and compelling entries from the vibrant community of Ghanaian women artists.

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