Berj Art Gallery was founded in 1996 by Joyce Quarshie and was first located at 3rd Ringway Link at the Ringway Estates in Accra. Joyce’s vision was to exhibit and champion African and Ghanaian works of art in an environment that enhances their aesthetic and monetary values as well as promoting the artists.
As an avid art collector herself since 1981, Joyce had an eye for that piece of painting or sculpture as a pure art form, pleasant in its own right, or as an investment, appreciating in value over time.
Joyce, with a driving and insatiable passion for African and Contemporary Art, built up one of the most comprehensive private art collection in Ghana that included works from the late A. O. Bartimius, Late Amon Kotei, Professor Emeritus El Anatsui, Professor Ablade Glover, Professor Ato Delaquis, Owusu-Ankomah, Kolade Oshinowo and David Dale of Nigeria, Eva Campbell, Victor Butler, Reggie Kwao and the late Philip Amonoo just to name a few.
This remarkable private collection of oil, acrylic and watercolour paintings, wood and metal sculptures formed the basis of Berj Art Gallery’s initial exhibitions.
Over the next 12 years, The Berj Art Gallery exhibited and developed an enduring relationship with Ghana’s leading and established artists as well as young and talented artists such as Glen Turner, Larry Otoo, Yaw Mensah, Agorsor, Samkobee, Ben Agbee, Hector Ofori and Betty Acquah, who worked at the Gallery, in the process, building an enthusiastic clientele of local and international, private and corporate collectors who regularly visited the Gallery to browse from these personally selected artworks.
Relocated 2017 to Labone in Accra, Berj Art Gallery continues to champion the African Artist and bring to the fore works of art originated from Africa, but international in essence.
Berj Art Gallery occupies approximately one acre land space in Labone, Accra that includes:
- A two-storey modern house with approximately 2400sq ft. (222m sq) of exhibition space that acts as a permanent display of Ghanaian, African and contemporary art
- An art shop that supplies art and craft tools and accessories to the art industry
- Two medium sized and well maintained gardens and a swimming pool area, available for hire.