Nubuke Foundation reopens with photographic exhibition by James Barnor: ‘A Retrospective’
Designed by architects, Baerbel Mueller and Juergen Strohmayer, the space now comprises of 3 buildings with galleries, shops, meeting areas, a residency and studio space, library, visitors lounge and a mix of recreational areas.
James Barnor, Odwira Procession outside of Deo Gratis Studio, Accra, c.1976
Nubuke Foundation is announced the reopening of its bespoke arts space and extended campus at its existing premises in East Legon, Accra, following two years of reconstruction. This is a milestone in the development of arts and cultural infrastructure in Ghana and West Africa.
Designed by architects, Baerbel Mueller and Juergen Strohmayer, the space now comprises of 3 buildings with galleries, shops, meeting areas, a residency and studio space, library, visitors lounge and a mix of recreational areas. The highlight of the reopened space is the new naturally lit and airy two-tiered gallery with over 500sqm indoor and outdoor exhibition space, which connects to the indoors through majestic doorways, windows and vitrines with sweeping views across the city, luscious plantations and environs. Visitors can expect varied experiences through an exciting programme of exhibitions, performances, film screenings, talks and private events.
In the past decade, Nubuke Foundation has quietly but boldly initiated many significant programmes to support the career of many young Ghanaian artists. This building project is a testament to our belief that Ghana has an incredible pool of talented creative people, and this space has been carefully and purposely recreated to spotlight them and their practice. Nubuke Foundation will continue to be ambitious, nurture and showcase the works of young Ghanaian artists whilst playing host to international exhibitions through our networks. Our focus will turn also to strengthening the capacity of our team so that we can continue to offer world class programming, inspire creatives, children and the community.
– Odile Tevie, Director
Considering Nubuke Foundation’s dedication to preserve, record and promote the visual arts and culture of Ghana, it is a privilege to officially launch the new gallery with a retrospective exhibition of celebrated photographer, James Barnor.
Born in Accra in 1929, James Barnor is a pioneer of Ghanaian photography. Barnor’s career covers a remarkable period in history, bridging continents and photographic genres to create a transatlantic narrative marked by his passionate interest in people and cultures.