The Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra launches new Ghanaian Art Safari

The 5-star Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra has announced the launch of its new Accra Art Safari, which will take visitors on a unique journey through the many cultural and artistic experiences available, both within the hotel itself and the Ghanaian capital of Accra.

The hotel showcases its passion to promote emerging talent through Gallery 1957, presenting a programme of exhibitions, installations and performances by the country’s most significant contemporary artists. In addition, the hotel has curated an Art Safari to guide visitors around Accra’s most interesting and unusual art locations, offering a deeper understanding of a fascinating and rapidly evolving art scene.



THE ACCRA ART SAFARI


1. Gallery 1957

Starting within the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra, explore the art work inside the hotel, prior to stepping in to Gallery 1957.

Curated by Osei Bonsu, Yaw Owusu, All That Glitters will be available to view at the gallery from 29th June – 15th August 2017, featuring sculptural installations constructed from repurposed found objects, shifting the value of otherwise worthless materials into things of beauty.

Also on display at Gallery 1957 – running from 7th August – 30th September 2017 – Godfried Donkor‘s new exhibition reimagines an illustration by 19th century explorer Thomas Bowdic, thought to be the first recorded image of the visual aesthetic and culture of the Asante region of Ghana. Using installation, painting and collage, Donkor will reinterpret this scene on a life size scale.


2. Nubuke Foundation

The Nubuke Foundation is situated in the leafy Suburb of East Legon and offers a space dedicated to the promotion of Ghanaian culture, heritage and history with art workshops, poetry and drama.

Collaborations with the University of Ghana ensures fresh and interesting exhibitions, whilst community programmes help to encourage traditional art practitioners, design mentoring and young actors and poets who recite during the EhaLakasa poetry programmes.


3. Accra’s Artist Alliance Gallery

The Artist Alliance Gallery offers 3 floors of art and design to enjoy overlooking the sea, featuring work from established artists such as Owusu Ankomah to new up and coming artists.

From furniture and woven cloths to painted coffins shaped into crabs and Nike trainers, the various mediums offer a fascinating insight.


4. The Arts Centre

Take a walk through The Arts Centre, which offers carvings, baskets, fabrics and an Aladdin’s cave of unique handmade items to work though.

The accompanying art gallery showcases regional art at reasonable prices.


5. The Foundation for Contemporary Art

Established in 2005, FCA-Ghana offers a platform for the promotion and development of contemporary art in Ghana.

Though some of the collection has sadly been destroyed, FCA-Ghana still holds the most extensive art library in Accra, which serves as an important resource on the contemporary art, culture and history of Ghana.


6. Jamestown Tour

Set on the coast of downtown Accra, Ghana’s oldest suburb, Jamestown boasts a fascinating history and vibrant local community.

Brazil House is a restored museum and the centre of modern youth art. The area is a hub of arts and cultural activity, with the Accra Dot Alt housed within Brazil House – a key space for emerging artists in Accra – and the oldest photographic studio in Accra just nearby. This offers the perfect space to enjoy rare and antique imagery of Ghana through the ages.


7. The 7th Annual CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival

Taking place fro 14 – 20 August, 2017, the 7th annual Chale Wote Street Art Festival is an alternative platform that brings together art, music, dance and performance into the streets of Accra.

The community-based festival takes place in Jamestown and targets exchanges between national and international artists creating and appreciating art together. The 2017 festival focuses around Wata Mata Wata, the seen and unseen.


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