Ghana's new High Commissioner, Mr Afrisi Bonsu Attafuah, opened an exhibition of Ghanaian art & crafts at the Commonwealth Institute in London on Tuesday (11 August).
GV EXT. Commonwealth Centre (2 shots)
GV INT. Guests assembled
LV Bamford, Thompson & Attafuah talking
CV "The New head Style"
LV Guests looking
CV "Mother's Love" (2 shots)
LV "The Crowd"
SV "Quiet Afternoon" & "Fort Orange"
CV "Northern" Musicians"
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: ATTAFUAH: "It gives me great pleasure as Ghana's new High Commissioner to London, to perform my first public engagement by opening an exhibition of my country's art and crafts. We would like to express our gratitude to the Commonwealth Institute for making this exhibition possible. I'm sure that some of us are very well aware of the hard work involved in mounting an exhibition. The choice of exhibits, the framing of pictures, the arrangements of these exhibits with an artistic taste which will appeal to both patrons and visitors. You will agree with me that all these things have been done very well. And to those responsible for the works of art and the exhibition , we offer our high commendation and sincere thanks. Without taking any more or your time, may I say again how pleased I am in declaring this exhibition open. I do hope you enjoy yourselves tremendously."
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Background: Ghana's new High Commissioner, Mr Afrisi Bonsu Attafuah, opened an exhibition of Ghanaian art & crafts at the Commonwealth Institute in London on Tuesday (11 August). The exhibition, the first of Ghanaian arts in London, is designed to show how the country's culture has progressed from its independence in 1960.
Other dignitaries at Tuesday's opening were Mr Augustine Meliga Bamford, arts and crafts national organiser of the Arts Council of Ghana, and Mr J.K. Thompson, the Director of the Commonwealth Institute.
Following the official opening in which Mr Attafuah welcomed guests, there was a performance of Ghanaian music.
There are more than 31 painters, sculptors and other craftsmen and women represented at the exhibition.
Among the paintings are works by Amon Kotei, Theresa Bannerman, Kobina Bucknor and E. Owusu Dartey. One of Theresa Bannerman's works, "Fort Orange", is made with dried leaves.
In addition to sculpted works, there are ceramics, jewellery and textile crafts displayed as well.