Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama made headlines after selling artwork for $1 million and using the proceeds to acquire and repurpose six aircrafts.
Rather than personal indulgence, Mahama directed the funds toward a noble cause – transforming the planes into classrooms for children at Redclay Studios, one of his art centers in Tamale, Ghana.
Redclay Studio serves as an artistic project space, exhibition venue, research hub, and cultural repository. Located in Tamale, it offers locals the opportunity to engage with art, become artists, and contribute to the evolution of the artistic landscape in Ghana.
Dedicated to exploring new forms of imagination, Redclay aims to expand the accessibility and impact of art across society.
Notably, all programs at the studio are provided free of charge to the public, fostering inclusivity and community engagement. The studio opens its doors for public tours and educational programs, available by appointment.
In collaboration with SCSSA Tamale (Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art), a cultural institution focusing on retrospectives of modern art and large group exhibitions, and Nkrumah Voli-ni, Redclay Studio contributes to the cultural vibrancy of Tamale.
Through these initiatives, Mahama not only showcases his artistic prowess but also actively contributes to the educational and cultural enrichment of the local community, emphasizing the transformative power of art in society.