Creative Exchange and Artist Development: Kwame Bakoji-Hume
Solent Showcase has been working with locally based creative, Kwame Bakoji-Hume to support his practice as an artist. This is part of our creative exchange project to work collaboratively with artists to develop public outcomes that highlight unseen or untold stories and support to bring them to a wider public platform.
Kwame is founder of the Totton based organisation, African Activities, which provides African music and artistic workshops for schools across the UK. Before coming to the UK, Kwame was an established artist in Ghana but the success of African Activities has meant that Kwame has had little time to practice as an artist himself and develop his own ideas. Solent Showcase has funded Kwame to take time out of his day-to-day work to focus more on creating new artwork. We have been exploring with Kwame what it is that, as an artist, he wants to convey, embarking on creative discussions around his experience of coming to the UK, the differences between Ghanaian and British culture and how artists are perceived in both countries, as well as the impact that worldwide culture of consumerism has on Ghana itself.
Kwame retains very close links with Ghana and has founded a charity that supports the area around where he grew up. On recent visits to this area, he has become concerned about the environmental impact on the area and what happens to our waste when it is thrown away. He is currently developing ideas around this with Solent Showcase that will manifest in creative outputs later this year. As always with Kwame’s practice, both in music and in art, he is collaborative, grassroots and passionate about change. As a result, new work created will have educational and community links and involve and include young people in the creative process. Solent Showcase is excited to see what evolves and unfolds from this brilliantly imaginative artist and the creative exchange we are continuing to have.
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