Arts and Culture

Standard Bank’s commitment to investing across the arts spectrum on the continent represents a 33-year legacy and we are proud to provide ongoing support for a variety of key projects, which have evolved into highlights on the South African and African cultural calendar.  The arts in Africa are a powerful expression of our creativity and play an integral part in generating a positive narrative with a global impact. Our mandate at Standard Bank is to support a wide range of initiatives that nurture young talent and showcase the rich diversity of our creative arts. Our approach to selecting projects in the arts and music space is indicative of this.


Standard Bank’s involvement in jazz started in 1997 with the Jazz Festival in Grahamstown. Twenty years on and Standard Bank is regarded as the leading sponsor and supporter of jazz not only in South Africa but also on the continent.

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz

Standard Bank Jazz Festival, Grahamstown

Standard Bank Gallery

Since opening in 1990, the Standard Bank Gallery has established itself as one of the city’s principal fine art venues. The gallery offers a dynamic exhibition programme, serving as a testament to Standard Bank’s true commitment to cultural development.

Current Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

National Arts Festival

Standard Bank has been a sponsor of the biggest annual celebration of the arts on the African continent – the National Arts Festival – since 1997. Held over 11 days in the small city of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, Standard Bank is involved in a number of key areas of the Festival including the Standard Bank Jazz Festival, the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival, the Standard Bank Ovation Awards and the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards.

Standard Bank Jazz Festival, Grahamstown

Standard Bank Young Artist Awards

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