Archbishop Porter Girls Senior Secondary School (APGS) emerged champions at the just-ended Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Visual Art Festival for Senior High Schools (SHS) organised in Sekondi in the Western Region
APGS grabbed 87.5 points, followed by St Mary’sBoys SHS with 86 points and Adiembra SHS, 80.5 points for second and third positions respectively, based on organisation, craftsmanship and overall impression.
Organised by the Centre for National Culture (CNC) of Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly,with supports from Department of Industrial Painting and Design atTakoradi Technical University and Media General’s Takoradi- based Radio Station Connect 97.1FM, the event witnessed outstanding performances in portrait and still life drawing.
Ebenezer Cudjoe from Takoradi Secondary School emerged winner in portrait drawing with 90 points followed by Erica EmefaAmetsorfrom Archbishop Porter Girls, 87.3 points and Samuel Ghunney, fromBompeh SHS, getting 86.3 points.
In the still life drawing, Addison Richman of Fijai SHS emerged winner with 81 points, followed by VenessaWhigham of Ahantaman Girls SHS, 79 points and Wendy NaaKorley of Archbishop Potter Girls SHS, who got 75.5 points.
Addressing the gathering, the originator of the event, Director of the Metropolitan Centre for National Culture, Ebenezer Ackom, noted that,“the modest success of planning among collaborators has encouraged us to institutionalise the first Visual Arts Festival as an annual event.”
“The rationale of the festival is aimed at motivating young artists and highlighting the importance of studying visual arts and its effect on the socio-economic development of the country.” he explained.
MrAckomunderscored the important roles art played in preserving the culture of a people, hence the introduction of the visual Art festival to appreciation the art form.
He added that the idea to introduce the festival dismissed the claim that visual art was for the less-intelligent in society, saying “the festival would go a long way to make students better the art forms they have chosen to pursue.”
Expressing his gratitude to partners and sponsors, MrAckom hoped the event would grow bigger and better in subsequent years.
On behalf of the Acting Metropolitan Chief Executive(MCE) of Sekondi-Takoradi, MrKobbyOkyereDarko- Mensah, the Presiding Member of the Assembly, Mr John Buckman, urged Ghanaians to adopt a non-partisan national art policy to serve as a road map for the conscious rapid development of the visual arts.
The policy, he stated, must provide a clear direction inthe training and development of artistic workforce with imagination, intellectual ability and inventive skills to provide the needs of the country.
FROM CLEMENT ADZEI BOYE, SEKONDI