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Founded in 2020 by contemporary African art specialist, social entrepreneur and philanthropist Joseph Awuah-Darko, the Noldor Artist Residency is an arts residency and fellowship program for contemporary African artists. Located in Accra, Ghana, and as the country’s first independent residency, Noldor is committed to nurturing the creative process of artists from Africa and its diaspora, while acting as a pillar for their introduction and development within the Ghanaian and global contemporary art scenes.

The multifaceted program pairs its annual resident (a four-week program) with junior and senior fellows, offering them vast studio spaces across its multiple repurposed factory warehouses. The resulting, fluid community invites the artists to collaboratively expand on their creative process and practice – forging the environment of a flourishing artistic commune.

Deeply informed by the Ghanaian sociocultural context, locally attuned and globally minded, Noldor is both a participant and catalyst in the emerging, thriving local subculture. Nourished by Ghana’s visual depth and vocabulary, it responds to the contemporary needs of its cultural industry. More than a space for creative development, Noldor works hand-in-hand with other cultural outlets, both public and private and ranging from foundations to galleries, to support and disseminate local contemporary creation. An independent and non-profit institutional space, it fosters an aspiring local ecosystem where artists, curators, museums and art galleries meet.

As a new cornerstone of the African contemporary art ecology, Noldor assumes a both commercial and educational role. Driven by a profound curatorial concern, it emerges as a commercially aware residency program: one actively looking to both support the longevity of its artists’ careers within a competitive local and international art market and strengthen a growing local collectorship. Firmly committed to giving back to the local community, the space acts as a cultural repository, encouraging educational initiatives that both contextualize and revisit the history of Ghanaian art. Continuously engaged in philanthropic work in Ghana and abroad, Noldor frequently takes part in global discussions on contemporary African art through international panels and conferences. In offering learning opportunities to participants and local audiences alike, it actively seeks to alter local perceptions of and access to both contemporary art and psychological health – thereby breaking down ubiquitous barriers of education and wealth within Ghana and across Africa.

Launched in November 2020, the residency welcomed its inaugural annual resident, the emerging Ghanaian artist Emmanuel Taku. A selection of 10 works produced throughout the program, titled Temple of Blackness – It Takes Two, was exhibited within Noldor’s warehouse studio space from December 4, 2020 to January 17, 2021. Building on his Noldor series, Emmanuel Taku’s solo debut exhibition, The Chosen Few, will be presented at Maruani Mercier Gallery in Knokke, Belgium, from April 3 to May 15, 2021.

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  • January 29, 2023 6:59 am local time

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