Accra’s biggest street festival has put a call out for Artists to showcase at this year’s event. The Chale Wote Street Art Festival is an event held annually in historical Jamestown in Ghana produced by Accra [dot]alt. This year’s theme is Death: An Eternal Dream into Limitless Rebirth and will be held from August 23 to 24 this year.
ACCRA [dot] ALT in association with REDD KAT Pictures, Foundation for Contemporary Art Ghana, Dr. Monk, Attukwei Art Foundation and No Limit Charity have begun preparation for the Fourth Annual CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival, which will be held over two days on Saturday, August 23 – Sunday, August 24, 2014.
The CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival is an alternative platform that brings art, music, dance and performance out of the galleries and onto the streets of James Town, Accra. Our vision is to cultivate a wider audience for the arts in West Africa by breaking creative boundaries and using art as a viable form to rejuvenate public spaces. The CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival challenges both artists and community-based audiences to connect through art.
A Note on Submissions
This call is open to artists based in Ghana and abroad. Proposed artwork can be realized in any medium and there are no restrictions on form or content.
However, proposals that demonstrate innovation and deep, nuanced understanding of contemporary art, craft, or design are preferred. Proposals must be site-specific, i.e. within James Town during CHALE WOTE 2014.
This call is open to all artists [Ghana-based and international] who have been professionally active for at least 2 years and with a visible commitment to their professional artistic practice and media. [Having studied art is NOT a requirement; we accept applications from self-taught professional artists with at least two years constant working experience]. The concepts can be based on work to be realized as an intervention, a live performance, an installation, a video, photography, painting, sculpture, performance art, theatre, dance, animation or some other form newly imagined. All works should translate to being displayed or performed in a public space and should actively engage intentional and incidental audiences where possible.
As strong advocates of art education, we are also interested in works that can be tailored to include a workshop session with children and/or youth during the first day of the festival.
Selected artists will be expected to realize the works from August 17 to 22, 2014 and have it ready for display/performance on August 23 and 24, 2014.