'Fantasy' coffin making emerged in Accra in the '50s, and the Kane Kwei Carpentery Workshop, in the city's Teshie suburb, was one of the pioneers of the original style. They, or any of the other workshops dotted around the area, offer an insight into what's become the iconic Ghanaian art-form.
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Ablade Glover, one of Ghana’s most respected artists, conceived the Artists Alliance Gallery in the 1960s. It now houses not only contemporary arts, but also collectors’ pieces and ancient strip-woven kente cloths. It sells art directly from the artist.
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You can find carvings, baskets, drums, bags, beads, fabrics, sandals, sculptures, stools, rugs and occasionally antiques. It’s a place to unearth some incredible finds and gifts. The best bet is to head past the hassle which you’ll inevitably encounter at the entrance and make your way towards the back of the complex, where it’s a bit more relaxed. Haggling is expected. There’s also an art gallery, which sells prints and paintings at reasonable prices.
The cultural offering at the Goethe-Institut just keeps getting better and better. Links between German art and that of Ghana are given precedence, whether through sound installations, mixed media pieces, performance art, photography or painting.
It’s foremost a workshop, employing artisans for the production of emblematic Adinkra collectables, beautifully finished wooden furniture, ceramics, bespoke textiles and jewellery wrought of silver and bull horn. It’s brimming with handmade art objects, collectibles, homewares, tables, handbags, musical instruments, soaps, Ghanaian children’s books, bangles and other design products.
The National Museum is home to some of Ghana’s most absorbing historical finds. The museum gives an opportunity to travel through the country’s history from both an archaeological and ethnographic perspective. There’s also a gallery with pieces by Ghanaian artists that is getting better all the time.
The second location of the La Maison emporium.Keep an eye out for exhibitions too (sign up to the digital mailing list), especially if Ghanaian artists are involved.