Sound Out Premium Exhibition opens in Accra
Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) has launched its annual Sound Out Premium Exhibition in an effort to increase the export sector's production capacity and give maximum exposure to creatives.
The launch took place at The Underbridge Events Centre, East Legon, on Saturday, December 3, 2022.
Sound Out, which started Saturday and ends on December 9 showcases the works of 13 selected creatives.
They include CEO of GEPA, Dr. Afua Asabea Asare, Prophask Studios, Afia Adutwumwaa Agyei, Kweku Genfi, Bright Danso, Chantelle Kuulua Eghan, Larry Otoo, Amarkine Amartefio, Maitreye Roy among others.
The launch officially kicked off this year’s exhibition and also gave patrons the chance to see and understand the different works on display.
With various themes on nature, social events, unity among others being the core of the works, the exhibition also served as a good platform for patrons to have better insight into contemporary arts.
While enjoying the vibrant works of art by well-known and up and coming artists, the night also treated patrons to some indigenous music performance by the Kwanpa Band.
In a presentation, Dr Afua Asabea Asare, CEO of GEPA said the Sound Out Premium Art Exhibition was consistent with establishing a framework for the growth and promotion of industrial exports.
She outlined the goal of the exhibition, which among many others was to create a platform for African artists to compete for a chance to display their work at a yearly festival.
She further urged the public to embrace art and reject the idea that it is only appropriate for those with lower intelligence.
"It's time to stop seeing art as a program for those who are less intelligent. In our current age, art is something that is gaining worldwide traction, therefore it is appropriate that we position ourselves and encourage those who pursue it."
In a chat with Graphic Showbiz, most of the exhibitors asked for enough financing and investment in the sector to establish adequate capacities.
One of the exhibitors, Samuel Prophask Asamoah stated "I think more investment has to be done in this sector so that it can support artists in the area of strengthening their capacity and marketing their artworks.