The Visual Arts of the centre for National Culture,Kumasi: their cultural importance in the development of Ghana

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Visual Arts which form components of culture involve planning, organisation, execution, evaluation, etc. They form an essential human experience which is carried out not only in an isolated environment but also in a wider content of the society. Selected Visual Arts of the Centre for National Culture in Kumasi have their artistic expressions. These provide to a larger extent the recognition of the Centre in the light of educational, technological and social characteristics. Knowledge of the Centre and its varied forms of Visual Arts is an important vehicle for cultural enculturation practices which contribute positively to individual, societal, community and national development. The study made investigations and discussions in respect to functions and cultural importance of the Visual Arts to the development of Ghana. A synthesis of the problem indicates the link between Asantes and their art work with changes and challenges. It has been identified that some works are composites of indigenous visual art forms and their functions in society. Some symbolic designs used were aimed at the elements and principles of design in all aspects of visual arts. These visual arts have been identified pictorially, described with words and documented with emphasis. The research desin qualitative in nature made use of well structured interviews and on site observations in the gathering of the data for the writing of the thesis. The researcher adopted the Purposive sampling technique to enable him ascertain the adequacy of the data collected. The study concluded that both the centre and Visual Art forms produced are vehicles through which historical records are kept about Asantes and others thereby hey are reliable means of cultural preservation.
A thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Philosophy (African Art and Culture)