Access Bank Supports Creative Arts Industry

From left-Timothy Arthur, Matilda Asante-Asiedu and Olumide Olatunji

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’ which started on Friday, August 28 and ended on Tuesday, August 31.

Dubbed ‘Cultural Weekend’, the event was 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.

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 artists and the rest of the world.

Leveraging on the Cultural Weekend, the bank said it will revive its online art initiative dubbed ‘iLiveForArt’, which seeks to showcase and promote young Ghanaian artists, scheduled to restart in the fourth quarter of the year.

Managing Director of Access Bank Ghana PLC, Olumide Olatunji, expressed optimism in the creative arts industry, and pledged the bank’s 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.

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-19 has brought.

The new online TV series featured renowned actors in the Ghanaian movie industry such as Adjetey Annang, Nikki Samonas, Roselyn Ngissah, Belinda Dzattah and a host of others.

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.