There is no past or future in Arts – Pablo Picasso
Ghana’s art industry, usually border around music and dance, pottery, metal, wood carvings and textile work among others with fine art relegated to the background.
It is against this background that the Ghana Export Promotion Authority, the trade promotion agency mandated to promote and diversify exports, in partnership with the Ghana Tourism Authority and the Beyond the Return initiative, is organising a premium fine art exhibition to showcase existing talents within Ghana’s Industrial Art & craft sector.
The Industrial Art & Craft sector is one of the four key categories of Ghana’s non-traditional exports. This Art Exhibition is dubbed Sound Out 2020 and has the theme – “African Art lives on”.
The three-day event seeks to showcase the best of premium art to art-lovers and promote the rich distinctiveness and uniqueness of fine art and music to the Ghanaian public.
With the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) scheduled to begin on January 1, 2021 coupled with the expectation that intra-African trade will increase by some US$34.6 billion, events such as ‘Sound Out’ presents a premium platform to showcase high-end talent to the market of 1.2 billion Africans on the continent.
Work on display at the Grand Arena of the Accra International Conference Centre from December 18 – 20, 2020 will be from seasoned Ghanaian fine artists such as Sami Bentil, Wiz Kudowor, Afua Asabea Asare, Nicholas Kowalski, Rojo Mettle-Nunoo, Amarkine Amarteifio, Martin Dartey, Victoria Adoe, Godwin Adjei Sowah, Betty Acquah, Kojo Danku, Gabriel Eklou, Larry Otoo, Nana Yaa Omane Peprah, Samuel Prophask Asamoah, Daniel Kukubor, Nana Kwasi Agyare, Kwesi Nyarko, Seth Clottey and Kobina Nyarko. The Exhibition is open to the general public from 10am – 8pm each day.
Akwasi Agyeman, GTA CEO