ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
The Visual Arts was established in the early 1970’s by Mr Lionel Idan, the then Ag. Director of the Centre for National Culture, Kumasi and a former Lecturer at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
The Department first named as Production and Sales, had Weaving, Pottery & Ceramics and Craftshop, forming the core of its operation. The rationale was to train individuals into becoming professional weavers and potters, and to subsequently produce and sell our cultural artifacts in an attempt to promoting, projecting and protecting our rich cultural heritage.
This operational growth culture saw very hardworking leaders ensuring constant progression in all fields and this has broaden the scope of work today within the Department. Currently, the Department can boast of seven (7) separate sections namely: Broadloom Section, Traditional Weaving & ‘Nnwommu’ Section, Pottery & Ceramics Section, Dyeing & Printing Section, Sculpture Section, Painting Section and the newly created, Metals & Jewelry Section.
However, all these sections with the exclusion of painting (solely created for academic purposes), are fully committed to ensuring high commercial activity base, that seeks to serve the socio-cultural needs of the Country.
The growth of these Sections has over the years been propelled practically by individual men and women who possess extreme love for what they do best as artist. No wonder the Department is now the preferred and most patronized art village by both students and tourist who either come to acquire new skill/knowledge to upgrade existing ones or enjoy interesting scenery on how very creative artifacts are made.
It is anticipated that donor agencies and individual lovers of art & culture across the Globe, come to our aid in managing these inadequacies posing hindrances to our positive growth into the future.
CREATIVITY RULES THE WORLD!!!