Support for Arts
Guaranty Trust Bank's Making a Difference
We believe that Cultural Exchange has important benefits, and we know how vital it is to appreciate and understand different values in order to build successful relationships and do business internationally. Our global cultural partnerships with Tate and other Art Personalities seek to increase understanding and interaction among cultures around the world through the exploration of culture in all its varied forms which include painting, film, poetry, play, drama, music, fashion and exhibitions. Each cultural project is chosen for its ability to enhance cultural awareness and provide tangible benefits for African Art
The bank has an enviable art collection of over 700 painting and sculptures, most of which are displayed at our branches to the public as part of our architecture signature.
Some of our arts projects include;
“Living Masters” exhibition
In 2007, the Bank sponsored the first Nigerian “Living Masters” exhibition that featured the works of nine internationally recognized indigenous artists, most of them Masters of their craft. The event featured works of Abayomi Barber, Bisi Fakeye, Bruce Onobrakpeya, David Dale, El Anatsui, Isiaka Osunde, Kolade Oshinowo, Muraina Oyelami and Yusuf Grillo to participants, art lovers and the public.
Double Club” collaboration with PRADA S.A
The Bank launched several strategic partnerships which include “Double Club” collaboration with PRADA S.A and the Thisday Music/Fashion festival aimed at promoting Africa to the International community. The “Double Club” collaboration undertaken in 2008, is a cultural integration partnership developed by artist Carsten Hoeller and sponsored by PRADA South Africa and GTBank. The initiative is a simultaneous display of African and European cultures to the international community.
Edo Bronze festivals
Guaranty Trust Bank has also sponsored two Edo Bronze festivals in Edo State in an effort to re-stimulate interest in the lost art of bronze casting and showcase it to the world. The annual festival which involves a practical workshop, a cultural float along major streets of Benin City, a gala night and an exhibition of 3,000 Bronze pieces; features prominently the works of the Benin Guild of Bronze Casters; a people who are sole custodians to the art of Benin bronze casting passed on from generation to generation.
Theater at Terra
We partnered with Terra Kulture on the Theater at Terra. This is to support and build talents of stage play artist.
The GTBank and Tate partnership was announced in 2011. It seeks to bring governance and legality through the interaction of African based and international cultural institutions and individuals. We constantly work with TATE to promote the value of African Artists and Art at local and international levels by bringing the work of young African artists to the attention of new audiences both in Africa and on an international level, through a project-lead initiative.
The partnership includes the creation of a dedicated curatorial post at Tate Modern to focus on African art, an Acquisition Fund to enable the Gallery to enhance its holdings of work by African artists and an annual project ‘Across the Board’.
Yinka Shonibare Art Exhibition
Following the Bank’s support for the promotion of art, we supported Yinka Shonibare 2010 exhibition in London and it was a huge success. Yinka's work is especially inspirational and meaningful to those within the large local Afro-Caribbean community.
Yinka’s 2013 exhibition, FABRIC-ATION will hold in March 2013 in the United Kingdom.
Click to download 2013 event brochure
We partnered with the Goethe Institut of South Africa and South African executive producer Steven Markovitz to support the “African Metropolis,” a project aimed at exploring and promoting African short films in 7 cities across Africa - Lagos, Abidjan, Kinshasa, Johannesburg, Cairo, Dakar and Nairobi.