The CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival is an alternative platform that brings art, music, dance and performance out onto the streets of James Town in Accra. The festival targets exchanges between scores of local and international artists and patrons who create and appreciate art together. It also serves as a ground for experimentation and many artists find their voice here. The Foundation for Contemporary Art – Ghana is the visual coordinator of the festival.
Since 2011, CHALE WOTE has included street painting, graffiti murals, photography, theater, spoken word, interactive art installations, live street performances, extreme sports, film shows, a fashion parade, a music block party, recyclable design workshops and much more.
The Global Crit Clinics serve international communities where emerging fine artists have limited access to rigorous idea-based dialogue. They are rooted in the Fine Arts pedagogical studio critique and affectionately known as the “10-Day MFA”. These 2-week intensives are site-responsive and adaptable to the framework of their individual locations. They bring together faculty from arts institutions and universities across the world to facilitate critical dialogues. Alongside several days of group critique, individual studio visits, and portfolio reviews, the clinic presents curated screenings, thematic roundtable discussions, and workshops focused on areas of professional development, such as: Portfolio Development; Graduate Study; Writing for Artists; Global Opportunities and Social Networking. The FCA-Ghana collaborated with Kianga Ford (lead facilitator) and former Assistant Professor of New Genres in the School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons, The New School for Design in New York and Shane Aslan Selzer(Co- Facilitator) an artist and writer.
“The Archive: Static, Embodied, Practiced’’
3rd International Art Programme
May 6 – June 9, 2013
After two very successful programmes which took place in Lagos on Independence and the Ambivalence of Promise 2010 and History/Materiality in 2012, for the first time the initiative moved to another West African country, Ghana- Accra. This 3rd International Art Programme dubbed “The Archive: Static, Embodied, Practiced’’ was held in Accra from May 6 – June 9, 2013 with the Foundation for Contemporary Art- Ghana as the lead coordinating organization. This is an international programme with leading art institutions as collaborating partners:
•Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos [Nigeria] •Nubuke Foundation [Ghana] •Dei Centre for the Study of Contemporary African Art [Ghana] •Clark Art Institute [Massachusetts – USA] •Parsons the New School for Design [New York – USA]
Using the format of part art Laboratory, part Residency and part informal Art Academy, over the course of 35 intensive days the programme focuses partially on technique and primarily on methodology, critical thinking, and the implementation of conceptual ideas.
In 2013, this part Residency, part Art Laboratory and part Informal Art Academy brought together 12 emerging artists and 4 emerging curators from 9 different African countries namely: Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Angola, Senegal, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa to be guided and mentored by 20 facilitators consisting of art lecturers, established guest artists and curators from Nigeria, Ghana, Netherlands, Brazil, UK and the USA.
Other partnering institutions included:
□ College of Art – KNUST [Kumasi-Ghana],
□ Public Records and Archives Administration Department of Ghana,
□ W. E. B. Dubois Centre for Pan- African Studies [Accra – Ghana],
□ Military Museum [Kumasi –Ghana]
Art in Public Spaces is a development from Art in the Garden, which offered artists a chance to present thought-provoking conceptual pieces. The public spaces also provided space for voluminous works such as installation pieces and huge sculptural works which one may never encounter in any of the galleries. This project is to create a platform for direct interaction between the public and artists whilst increasing the interest and appreciation of art by the Ghanaian community. Physical interaction within an urban context helps to break down barriers that restrict many from gaining a natural artistic perspective.
Mural(Akumajay Community Park, JamesTown, Accra)-2010
Busua Community, Busua-Western Region)-2009
‘Meet the Artist’ provides a platform for a critical discourse on issues relating to visual art and culture through presentations, lectures and discussions. It engages with artists, curators, writers, art critics and theorists to share their works with fellow artists, art enthusiasts and the public with the aim of encouraging debate and increasing dialogue on contemporary visual art and culture in Ghana. Open to local and visiting artists, curators, writers, art critics and theorists to enable discussion and debate. The sharing of ideas and getting to know what we are about as individuals or artists is very important for our growth and improvement.
Nii Noi Nortey-2009
Prof Kearsten Colvin-Woodruf, Cathie Josylin-2008
Ibn Pitts Pouri-2007
The importance of art in the development of children cannot be played down upon however it is a sad realisation that in most basic level education in Ghana art is almost non-existent. This project focuses on engaging children and the youth in workshops to help develop their creative skills placing special emphasis on children who may not have access to art lessons by virtue of their social status.
Jackson Park, Koforidua-2010
Osu Children’s Home- 2009
The FCA has a well-stocked art reference library of books and films that over the years have proven to be a great source of inspiration and reference for research for our members and affiliates. Non-members are more than welcome to join us for a chat and a drink. Book groups and film nights act as a stimulus for further discussion; accentuating seldom thought opinions, these events allow for the promulgation of ideas and opinions amongst artists.