SANKOFA STUDIESWe are an art and study consortium based on the principle of Sankofa, the mythical wisdom bird.
We produce vibrant and meaningful digital art in a captivating colour range that elevates the spirit. We promote positive change through art, philosophy and dialogue. We run a free ‘global artist village’ forum for exciting debate and exchange of ideas.
Welcome to a collaborative exhibition of Sankofastudies & Upcycle! Vibrant, creative artwork and crafts. See you there!
At Sankfofa Studies, we have the symbol of the ‘Sankofa’ bird close to our hearts.
The word ‘Sankofa’ has its origins in the language of the Akan tribe in Ghana.
The stylised bird carries an egg in its beak, which symbolises the encapsulated treasures of past wisdom. The word ‘Sankofa’ encompasses the idea of referring to knowledge gleaned from the past to protect our future. Art, philosophy, culture, and the life of the mind, the enquiry of the mind into deeper and higher realms, can protect us in our daily lives. They have the potential to help us in adverse circumstances or prevent problems arising by sharpening our insight, self-awareness and analysis of the phenomena around us. They enhance our experience of life and brighten our future.
Sankofa consortium promotes wisdom, self- determination, the ‘art of thinking’ and the expansion of knowledge. for Everyone.
This is the message of the mythical Sankofa bird.
We yearn to share our love of knowledge and build an online forum of like-minded, lively-minded people with a sense of quest and a desire to enter the life of the mind and share our love of art and culture.
We strive for equality and celebrate the victories of those who have striven for equality before us.
We want to found a global village of artists, thinkers, writers, film-makers, photographers, performing artistes, poets, and forward-thinking, lovely people who also believe in inclusion, equality, freedom and inter-relatedness at the highest level.
Sankofa consortium believes art is life and life is art. Art is for anyone who wants to reach out to the insight and beauty it gives to our lives. We want to remove the barriers between people, art and knowledge, to enhance all of our existences.
We offer courses, dialogue, friendship and inspirational artworks. We explore symbols, patterns, and meanings, and invite you to explore with us. We want to encourage debate and dialogue on a wide range of subjects- social and political issues, new ideas and new art technologies. We believe in shared learning and peer support, shared motivational input, and breathing new life into the word ‘community’.
We promote self-esteem and self-development. We offer a motivational journey, with images and words combined, which we hope will inspire new thoughts, confidence, depth of insight and the growth of new ideas. We also offer a voyage into eras we believe to be the most inspirational times in the history of art and culture.
The Flight of Sankofa, a poem by one of our collaborating writers, celebrates the precious principle of merging knowledge and wisdom drawn from the past, with our daily lives.
We want you on board for the flight!
The Flight of Sankofa
I cannot be caged
I am Sankofa
I learn from history
I carry the egg of my ancestor’s stories
When it hatches into new life,
The vision of days gone by will
Merge with tomorrow’s sunrise.
I am Sankofa
Soaring across new horizons.
Generations have spoken;
I fly with the grace of their wisdom-
I do not forget that the sun rose a million times before.
And so did the wise speak.
I am Sankofa
The future of the world is in my beak.Jasmine Daya