Kente Paper Wall Hanging with Saint Akua

Creative Workshop for Black History Month

Saturday 16 October 2021

Free, no booking required. Spaces are on a first come first served.

Who is this workshop suitable for?
Suitable for children 5+ years and their families.

Adults must accompany children at all times.
What will be covered in the class?
Kente is a traditional Ghanaian cloth from the Asante and Ewe tribe hand-woven with strips of cotton and silk. Historically the cloth was worn by royalty, however, in modern times, the cloth is worn to celebrate special occasions or used in everyday fashions. The origin of Kente comes from the legend about two hunters who were taught how to weave the cloth by Anansi the Spider, the trickster god in Ghanaian folklore. Kente cloth is colourful and consists of repetitive geometric patterns with symbolic colours.

You will learn about the legend of the Kente cloth while making your own paper version to take home and decorate your walls with.

How it celebrates Black History Month?
“Black History Month to me is not just sharing the history of Black cultures to preserve them in the present. This workshop will allow you to learn about the Ghanaian tradition of weaving in order to not appropriate the culture but appreciate the culture. Kente cloth is becoming more known and with that comes the responsibility to share the history and educate people.”
– Saint Akua

What will I need to bring?
All materials included.

Art Studio, Milton Keynes Arts Centre. The Art Studio is situated at the top of a flight of stairs. Tools are all light and accessible. Work benches are not currently height adjustable.

Saint Akua is a British-Ghanaian artist born in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Her journey as an artist began with her fascination with portraiture, and desire to paint hidden aspects of a person - capturing the unseen. She sketches and paints straight onto canvas inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites combined with symbolism from her Ghanaian heritage.

Photographs and/or video will be taken during this workshop
As a registered charity, it can sometimes be necessary to share photos and videos of our community outreach in printed matter, social media, press releases and funding applications. By taking part in this event you grant Milton Keynes Arts Centre full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming to help achieve our charitable aims.

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