Matthias Leridon, President
“The Lumières d’Afriques exhibition is firmly rooted in the logic of the projects that Tilder has supported for 25 years — meaningful projects conducive to generating, nurturing and developing our great societal debates. Committed projects promoting dialogue with the arts and the creative world, a dialogue between cultures, and respect for human beings.
Dedicated to the recognition of the incredible dynamism in contemporary African art, and committed to the future of the African continent, Tilder has supported African Artists for Development since its inception. A global arts event, its scope both cultural and political, Lumières d’Afriques embodies that dynamism. Fifty-four works of art grouped together in the Théâtre National de Chaillot, where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed, as Paris prepares to welcome COP21.
A commitment to freedom, the battle against climate change, a meaningful artistic initiative — those are three battles that Tilder is very eager to take part in.
Tilder is proud to support this exhibition, which goes far beyond the mere promotion of the African art world’s leading lights, but rather expresses a new avenue of solidarity between its nations.”
Sim Tshabalala, Chief Executive, Standard Bank Group
“The arts in Africa are a powerful expression of our continent’s creativity and play a valuable part in allowing our voices to be heard, understood and valued throughout the world. Standard Bank has a long-term commitment to investing across the arts spectrum on the African continent. We aim to support a wide range of initiatives that nurture young talent and showcase the rich diversity of Africa’s creative arts. We are proud to provide ongoing support for a variety of key projects, which have evolved into highlights of the South African and African cultural calendar.
Our commitment to cultural development is expressed through our various long-term arts investments, which include The National Arts Festival (44 years), The Standard Bank Young Artist Award (35 years), the Standard Bank Gallery (30 years) and the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz (22 Years). Over the years these initiatives have ensured that Standard Bank has stayed connected with the audiences, artists and brands who share in our celebration of African arts and culture.
Our sponsorship of exhibitions and art portfolios aims to reemphasise our purpose: Africa is our home, we drive her growth. We firmly believe that, through art, we can be a catalyst for sustainable economic and human development. Equally, of course, we value and appreciate art’s power to enrich each of our lives. All art illuminates; this exhibition does so in two ways – figuratively and literally, both of which are close to our hearts as Africans. We are therefore very pleased and proud to be hosting this important exhibition at one of our most valued arts assets – the Standard Bank Gallery.”