German First Lady, H.E. Eva Luise Köhler interacts with the Ghanaian Art community at the new Artists Alliance Gallery, La, Accra and with the "Kofi and Amma" Project at Manhyia Palace in Kumasi

ART FOCUS, Journal of the ArtHaus (Ghana) - Januar 2007

On the night of her arrival in Ghana, H.E. Eva Luise Köhler, wife of german president; H.E. Horst Köhler had the honour of meeting and interacting with some members of the Ghanaian Art scene at Prof. Ablade Glover's new Artists Alliance Gallery, located in La, on the Atlantic coast of Ghana.

The Artists Alliance Gallery makes a profound and unprecedented statement on the advancement and promotion of quality contemporary art in Ghana and in the West African region. The grand imposing, three storied building is dedicated solely to art and has available space to hast up to nine separate solo exhibitions. Some of the artists represented by the gallery such as Wiz Kudowor, Larry Otoo, Ricky Wemegah, Owusu Ankoma, Nii T. Mills, Kofi Agosor, Frank Asomon, Gabriel Eklou, Emmanuel Adiamah and Kofi Setordji were present at the function.

Days later fifteen Ghanaian children who participated in the "Kofi and Amma" project, met and interacted with H.E. Eva Luise Köhler. In June 2006 the children -all pupils of the KNUST Primary School in Kumasi - participated in a painting workshop on the theme "My Home, My Country". Conceived and funded by Ursula Irle-Böhnisch, and Art publisher/promoter, with support from her friends, the "Kofi and Amma" project involved approximotely thirty children from Ghana and Germany, their ages ranging between six and twelve years. Two artists, Ingrid Westermann (Germany) and Bernard Akoi-Jackson (Ghana), facilitated the workshop in their respective countries. The project eventuolly culminated in a showing of all the paintings in Weinheim, Germany.

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