Joseph Awuah-Darko

Joseph Awuah-Darko


Joseph Awuah-Darko, a recognized Forbes 30 Under 30 Alumnus, is the Founder and Director of Noldor Artist Residency and the President of the Institute Museum of Ghana in Accra, Ghana. Noldor is essentially a two-armed institution that includes a residency program for emerging African artists, and a year-long fellowship programme focused on nurturing budding to mid-career African artists on the continent and in the diaspora.

Awuah-Darko is not only a seasoned collector of international repute but also a practicing artist-curator having debuted his solo exhibition in 2019 with Gallery 1957. His major curatorial undertaking was in Berlin with Peres Projects where he put together the gallery’s first African Contemporary group show in 20 years this September. Awuah-Darko recently completed a residency at the prestigious Nirox Foundation [2023] at the Craddle of Human Kind (South Africa).

He has actively nurtured his understanding of global art market dynamics and masterfully applied this knowledge as a cultural entrepreneur and institutional thinker with accomplishments widely documented through outlets such as Financial Times, The Arts Newspaper, Forbes and Art Forum. After attending the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in 2019. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration within a Liberal Arts program from Ashesi University in 2021. In the course of his Bachelor’s Degree, he briefly deferred to work at the Sulger-Buel Gallery in London.

Three years since establishing Noldor, the institution has successfully mentored and trained over 35 artists across the African continent with a growing team of 33 staff while partnering with over 15 gallery programs internationally.