With the Gown must go to Town, the Department of Painting and Sculpture of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and
Technology (KNUST) features the works of forty-three of the Department’s 2015 graduating class of BFA students and eight
selected teaching assistants. Also featuring are six special guest artists, all graduates of the same Department, whose works
have featured prominently in other important platforms of contemporary art.
In the past decade, the Department has risen to become a hub of ambitious Contemporary Art in West Africa. Following the
spirit of kąrî'kạchä sei’dou’s Emancipatory Art Classes and Guerrilla Exhibitions—which moved KNUST students out of the
complacencies of artist studios into the realities of Kumasi city and beyond—this end-of-year exhibition fittingly brings the
academic ‘gown’ to town. Taking inspiration from the dynamism of the city, the exhibition invites the ‘town’ to teach us. On the
heels of the Silence between the Lines exhibition held earlier this year, in which the ‘gown’ went to Ahenema Kokoben (via Kumasi),
this show drives down to the nation’s capital. The anticipation is that the barrier between the institution and its outside
dissolves, and that the town equally flows through the gown.