The maiden Korkor Amarteifio Art Reviewing (KAAR) Prize award ceremony will be held at AUCC’s Discovery House on Wednesday April 26 at 11am. The winning story will be picked from entries of reviews written by students from AUCC about art exhibitions going on during Accra Visual Arts Week (AVIEW) and others this April in the Accra Metropolis. A cheque for GHS500 will be awarded the overall winner.

The Ama Ata Aidoo Centre for Creative Writing at AUCC will judge.

The winner will also be invited to join the judging panel of Takoradi Technical University’s annual art PaintSculpt Art Jury and Exhibition in the second week of May.

AVIEW organizer Konyo Museum’s Widdup Coubagy made this statement at the opening of this year’s festival at its opening at AUCC, Adabraka in Accra.

Using only the online submission system, students are encouraged to submit a review of not more than three (3) pages or 1,200 words from April 13 to 25.

According to Coubagy, the KAAR Prize aims to encourage Art criticism and Art Appreciation. Its goal is to discover at AUCC young talents in writing the art review. The competition will run every year and is open to all AUCC students.

Judges look for a dynamic, authoritative and lively review of no more than 1,200 words in English. It can be journalistic, a case study, wide-ranging or minutely focused.

It is hoped that the Prize will promote, encourage and engage innovative thinking in students, encouraging them to observe, analyze, interpret and communicate the meaning of art exhibited at any of the AVIEW venues and elsewhere in the capital.

The KAAR Prize is named after Korkor Amarteifio, the legendary cultural activist, producer and art collector who was a founding member of the Bartimeus Prize and Contemporary Art Society (together with Seth Dei, Kojo Essah, Widdup Coubagy and Kojo Bentsi-Enchil) set up to promote Ghanaian Art.

She created the international world music festival Rythme du Monde, which provided a platform for musicians of African descent to present their works to Canadian audiences. Korkor Amarteifio was also Director, Programmes & Operations, at the Ghana National Theatre, responsible for making it a home for artists and audiences of all ages and from all walks of life. In 2004, she co-Founded Institute for Music and Development. She was the Chairperson for Arterial Network.


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