Collage & Assemblage Workshop in Ghana

I will be leading a Collage & Assemblage Workshop in Ghana

 August 1-14, 2019

Artifacts collected from the streets and markets of Ghana will be transformed into 2-dimensional collages and 3-dimensional assemblages. Collage and assemblage are excellent ways to explore Ghana and express your own creative instinct. The resulting combination of materials affords the opportunity to create new meanings by recombining objects, both cherished and banal with glue, nails, wire and ingenuity to make evocative works of art. Through this process we can find a new way to look at the elements themselves as well as profile the culture as a whole, to explore intersections of western and Ghanaian culture. You are also welcome to write, photograph, rest, etc.

The 2 week workshop will take place at Aba House in Nungua, a fishing village in a suburb of Accra. down the road, fishermen carve boats from whole trees and we can see them fishing out in the ocean all day and night. Nungua has become an artists’ colony perhaps because of its proximity to Accra. There are potters, fantasy coffin makers, art galleries, and drummers. There are also market women, teachers, seamstresses and all the other citizens you find in any city. The beaches attract tourists and on the weekend, the live music at the nightclub pulls in a good crowd.

Aba House is a clay house with a thatched roof and the only mosaic murals this side of Accra. It is a cultural center and guesthouse.There are 8 guest rooms with attached private baths. Cross Cultural Collaborative, Inc (CCC, INC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization that promotes cultural exchange and understanding. At the core of CCC’s mission is the belief that interaction between African and non-African artists enriches the creativity of everyone. Breaking down stereotypical thinking leads to lasting friendships and an appreciation not only of other cultures but one’s own as well.

Questions about the workshop:

2 weeks, August 1-14, 2019

Included: collage & assemblage workshop, 1 day adinkra workshop by local artisans, day trips to galleries, museums, outdoor markets in Accra, day trip to a bead making village and market, farewell party with traditional drummers & dancers, airport pickup, lodgings, breakfast, dinner, workspace, orientation, transport in Ghana, entrance fees & laundry.
Not included: International airfare, visa, insurance, personal expenses, lunch, tips, materials purchased for your project.

Non-refundable deposit of $500 payable at time of application.
50% due by April 20, 2019.  Balance due by June 15.
Payment plans are available.

US checks: Cross Cultural Collaborative, 45 Auburn St., Brookline, MA 02446
Outside the USA, contact us for information on wiring monies to CCC.

* CCC is a registered non-profit. Some or all of the costs may be tax deductible.

Janet Goldner’s lifelong connection to Africa began on a study abroad program to Ghana as a college student. In 1995, she received a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship to Mali. Since her Fulbright, Janet has spent several months every year in Mali engaged in cultural research and collaborations with Malian contemporary artists. She also received two Fulbright senior Specialist grants to Mali (2009) and Zimbabwe (2012) as well as grants from the Ford Foundation and the United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid.

Her sculptures, installations and photographs have been exhibited throughout the US and internationally. Janet’s published articles include a chapter in Contemporary African Fashion, Indiana University Press and an essay in Poetics of Cloth, Grey Art gallery, NYU. She divides her time between New York and West Africa.