Mr. Kwaku Boafo Kissiedu

Senior Lecturer

Dept: Painting and Sculpture
Department of Painting Sculpture, Faculty of Art, KNUST

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Research Areas/Interests

Post-Colonial Art Education in Ghana, and the Ramifications of the Modernist Hegemony on Ghanaian Contemporary Art Practice. Contemporary Interventio...~more

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Professional/Teaching Experience

    • Initiator KNUST and Kolding School of Design Exchange Programme: Commencing in 2011, K. B. Kissiedu together with artist and designer Tei Huagie with assistance from the Faculty of Art and the International Programmes Office KNUST hosted over 60 students and three lecturers from the Kolding School of Design, Denmark in a DANIDA sponsored collaboration and workshop with students from the Faculty of Art, KNUST. This marked the first of a series of such collaborative projects which take place every year with support from other colleagues namely George Ampratwum, Dr. karî'kachä seid’ou, Michael Adashie and Dr. Edwin Bodjawah. The collaboration is expanding with some institutions from Estonia, Sweden and Norway showing interest. Four students from KNUST had a three-week fully sponsored study stay at the Kolding School of Design in November 2019.
    • Co Initiator KNUST and Stadelschule Exchange Programme: In 2015, the K. B. Kissiedu and Dr. karî'kachä seid’ou, working with international artist and instructor Willem de Rooij initiated an exchange programme that gets a graduate student to Stadelschule, one of the most prestigious art schools in Germany for a period of six months as part of the MFA training. So far, five graduate students of the Department of Painting and Sculpture have benefited and three students from Stadelschule have so far been to KNUST.
    • Co Initiator KNUST and State Academy of Fine Art Karlsruhe Exchange Programme: In 2018, K. B. Kissiedu and Nana Oteng Kuffour Kwarteng, working together with Professor Leni Hoffman of the State Academy of Fine Art Karlsruhe, started an exchange programme that sent two students to a fully sponsored Study exchange in Karlsruhe. A student from Karlsruhe also had a study stay at KNUST for three months The exchange is ongoing and two students from KNUST have been selected to travel to Germany in 2021/2022.
    • Contributor to Triangle Arts Skills and Knowledge Sharing Programme: In 2010, K. B. Kissiedu was selected to be part of a Skills and Knowledge Sharing Programme that sent him to Greatmore Studios in Cape-Town South Africa. The idea was for art professionals to engage with some art institutions for some weeks and in the process share knowledge, skills and experiences with the host institution.
    • Local and International Linkages: Aside the specific institutions mentioned above K. B. Kissiedu has over the years, and with the support of other colleagues especially Dr. karî'kachä seid’ou, Dr. Edwin Bodjawah and George Ampratwum worked consistently in linking the Faculty of Art with reputable International Art institutions both locally and Internationally. Such institutions include: Harn Museum Florida, White Cube Gallery, Triangle Arts, Centre for Contemporary Arts Lagos, Greatmore Studios Cape Town, South Africa, Kuona Art Trust Nairobi Kenya, 32 Degrees Kampala Uganda, Raw Material Company Dakar Senegal, Dei Centre Accra Ghana, Foundation for Contemporary Art Ghana, Nubuke Foundation etc. These connections have resulted in student exchanges, summer study abroad programmes, exhibitions, residencies for artists, art talks, and international workshops with top fine art resource persons.
    • Curator / Artistic Director: K. B. Kissiedu is a curator / artistic director of Contemporary Art, and worked in both positions for the following exhibitions, Silence Between the Lines: Anagrams of Emancipated Futures, Kumasi, February 2015, The Gown must go to Town in Accra, in June/July, 2015, If you Love Me... May 2016, Cornfields in Accra, Accra in June/July 2016, and Orderly Disorderly, Accra from June to August 2017, Spectacles. Speculations…February /March 2018.
    • Member of Ghana’s Delegation to the High Level Ministerial Meeting in Praia on the Creative Economy with the theme: “A multisectoral approach to promote youth employment in the creative economy in Africa”, Praia, Cape Verde - 27-29 November 2013: Other members of the delegation included: Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, then Minister of Education and Mr. Eugene Narh Korletey, Deputy Chief Labour Officer. The meeting sought to identify the needs, challenges, and policy responses for a multi-sector approach and to seek pathways for achieving integrated youth employment policies in the cultural and creative industries. The applicant was a discussant in one of the panel meetings and later wrote a commentary in the published meeting proceedings.
    • Participant African Tertiary Art Education Networking Event in Cape Town, South Africa, 2015: This focused event allowed representatives from both formal and non-formal arts education institutions to network, exchange and identify key areas of concern and collaboration. The meeting also built on work already conducted in this area, in particular feedback sessions on the “Another Road Map for Arts Education” Africa Cluster, NEPAD Arts Education Conference recommendations and shared new research on informal arts education in Africa. The main aim of the meeting was to develop a concrete way forward to improve the current state of arts education in Africa. At the moment the transformational work of K. B. Kissiedu and his colleagues, led by Dr. karî'kachä seid’ou, at the Department of Painting and Sculpture KNUST, is a subject of discussion and study in the circles of Art Education.
    • Member of the Triangle Network: As a global network, Triangle comprises artists and art organizations, and supports professional development and cultural exchanges all over the world. K. B. Kissiedu was for a number of years a member of SaNsA Ghana (part of Triangle Network) Working Group that organized the SaNsA international Art workshops in 2007 and 2009 in Ghana. Between 2009 and 2012, K. B. Kissiedu served as the Coordinator for SaNsA. Triangle Network acknowledged his organizational abilities with art and cultural activities when he was invited to be part of the Triangle Conference on International Networks in London from the 26th to the 28th of November 2011.

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