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Atta Kwami is the second artist invited to Gasworks as part of a programme of residencies coinciding with the British Museum Conference on African contemporary art and the Hayward Gallery exhibition Africa Remix.

A leading Ghanaian artist and academic, Atta was born in Accra in 1956 and lives in the country's second city, Kumasi. He is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Painting & Sculpture at KNUST College of Art. He has exhibited widely around the world and been invited by universities and other arts institutions as a Visiting Lecturer.

Atta works in many media including installation, paint, and printmaking. His vibrant abstract paintings and installations draw on the visual culture of Ghana, in particular the street painting kiosks of his home city. Responding to these, in 1997 the work 'Kiosk' prompted a consideration of assumptions about where art can be found and how it can be experienced in everyday life.

Atta's residency was supported by the British Council. Atta was also recently part of a group of coordinators involved in the organisation of Sansa, the first Triangle International Artists Workshop in Ghana.