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J.P. Morgan celebrates Abadali Art Development Programme with exhibition

Posted on 17 April 2019

J.P. Morgan unveiled a new exhibition of artworks by South African artists at their offices in Sandton, Johannesburg. The exhibition features 20 local artists from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, as part of a sustainable development initiative entitled the Abadali Art Programme.

Led by a team within the South African J.P. Morgan office, the project garnered assistance from the Arts and Culture Trust, and was collaborated on and supported by the JP Morgan Chase Art Collection overseen by Charlotte Eyerman, Director and Chief Curator, and implemented by Mark Roe, head curator of the J.P. Morgan Art Collection.

The programme was launched in 2018 in an effort to assist local artists with their professional development and achieving financial sustainability. J.P. Morgan invested financially in the programme providing financial and entrepreneurial training, skills development workshops, mentorship and a monthly stipend to the artists.

Abadali Art Programme Artworks

The 92 artworks created over the course of the programme have been added to the renowned JPMorgan Chase Art Collection and will be installed at the J.P. Morgan Johannesburg and Cape Town offices. The Chase Collection was started in 1959 by David Rockefeller. It includes more than 30,000 artworks installed in 450 offices worldwide and is comprised of a diverse range of paintings, drawings, prints, photography, sculpture, textiles and video art.

"The aim of the Abadali Art Programme is to highlight South African artists from communities that might not traditionally be known for their art," says Ronelle Reddy, Vice President of IB Finance & Business Management, Sub-Saharan Africa at J.P. Morgan. "The artists in the programme have created inspirational pieces despite a lack of access to resources. We view these artists as important cultural contributors and see it as an investment in the future of South African art and job creation."

Faatimah Mohamed-Luke, Abadali Art Development Programme participant and installation artist, says the programme helped her gain a wider audience for her art and learn valuable entrepreneurship skills. "This programme demonstrates the real power of art to change people's lives, and for financial services firms to make an impact in terms of mentorship, investment and collaboration," Roe stated.

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