The 10th anniversary of Nubuke Foundation coincided with the launching of its newly constructed centre for Textiles and Clay situated in Loho, just on the outskirts of Wa, in the Upper West Region of Ghana.
The ambitious goal of setting up this centre comes from the dream of 2 of its founding members- Odile Tevie and Kofi Setordji to extend Nubuke Foundation's vision to promote, support and stimulate artisanal practice in clay pottery and textile weaving in one of the beautiful regions in Ghana.
The centre will create a space where traditional arts and contemporary art meet. Through experimentation and research this meeting evolves to become a fusion of new and old- melding and merging, adopting and adapting of ideas. A space where ideas go on and on...
For the past 5 years 2 Collectives of weavers and clay potters from Nadowli and Nambeg have worked with Kofi Setordji in 'unpacking' their knowledge of traditional artistic practice. Through several iterations of learning and unlearning have evolved many delightful creations and products. What these artisans have learnt about the design process and technical tools have furnished them with skills to produce works which bear a marked increase in quality and aesthetics.
Wa Centre for Textile and clay- will become the focal point of promotion of the arts and culture of the savannah region of Ghana. With several workshops carried out with local collectives and schools, we will build on local knowledge to form a repository and archive of the arts of textile weaving and clay pottery.The centre is the crossroad of traditional and future forms of the weaving and pottery. We continue to explore initiatives and opportunities so that meaningful skills ranging from internship, mentorship to support arts management training can be provided for younger artists and artisans..
Since 2011, Nubuke Foundation has supported with The Wa Methodist School of the Blind and School of the Deaf also situated in Wa. Textile and industrial weaving is taught in vocational training departments in these schools. In addition to donations of material- yarns and dyes, workshops so far have covered with the Deaf students are: Introduction to new design ideas; Colour- Yarn dyeing; Technical- Understanding of equipment and tools, Entrepreneurial skills.
The students in the Blind School produce furniture- weaving intricate nylon threads around metal frames to make modern designs. We have introduced them to new materials and table looms- providing new skills and ideas on sustainability. The 10 acre site of the centre is equipped with accommodation and a multi-purpose space which will be used for workshops, exhibitions, talks and other community events.
Artists will work within the communities and bring a connection through art to the world. We welcome opportunities to collaborate with designers looking to source their supplies from more local artisanal Collectives.
To learn more about this initiative or to support our work, please contact Odile Tevie on 0267556090 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
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