There is no past or future in Arts – Pablo Picasso
Ghana’s Art industry, usually border around music and dance, pottery, metal and wood carvings and textile works among others. Though music and dance have enjoyed the majority share of voice so far as this industry is concerned, the plastic arts have also received some level of recognition and patronage from stakeholders relegating fine arts into the background with little attention over the years.
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’s 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. The other three being the export of agricultural produce, semi-manufactured and manufactured products and last but not least; export of services i.e. educational, tourism, professional services.
The Art Exhibition is dubbed Sound Out 2020 and has the theme – “African Art lives on”. The 3-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 and the African continent.
With the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) scheduled to begin on January 1st, 2021 coupled with the expectation that intra-African trade will increase by some Usd34.6 billion, events such as ‘Sound Out’ presents a premium platform to showcase high-end talent to the market of 1.2 billion persons on the continent; starting from home.
Work on display at the Grand Arena of the Accra International Conference Centre from December 18 – 20 will be from seasoned Ghanaian fine artists such as Wiz Kudowor, Betty Acquah, Amarkine Amarteifio, Afua Asabea Asare, Rojo Mettle-Nunoo, Nicholas Kowalski, Sami Bentil, Nana Kwasi Agyare, Samuel Asamoah and many other top-notch Artists.
The Exhibition is open to the general public from 10am – 8pm on Dec. 18 – 20, 2020.