A GHANAIAN artist now living in Warrington hopes his new exhibition will get people talking about the town’s identity and place in the world.

Kwame Akpokavi, who has lived in the UK for more than 20 years, is proud to announce his first exhibition in the town.

Searchers, a collection of traditional Ghanaian fabric collages on display at Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, explores the idea of identity and challenges visitors to consider their own, as well as that of the town and the country as a whole.

Kwame came to England to study at Manchester University two decades ago and finds himself caught between his place of birth and the place where he now lives.

This is illustrated in one of the exhibits titled Diaspora Dilemmas, pictured.

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He said: “We’re all searching for something – our own identity, our place in the world.

“I’d like people to come to the exhibition and ask themselves questions and to think about what identity we want for Warrington, what we want others to see when they look at our town. This exhibition comes at a time of big change for the town and the country as a whole. We’re trying to regenerate the town centre, we want to bring the town to the fore.

“I love it here and I want it to be a place people come to for art, there’s an awful lot of potential here.

“Warrington’s a small town sandwiched between Liverpool and Manchester but we can still shine as bright as we want to.”

Kwame’s work has been exhibited around the UK and in Ghana but Searchers is his first exhibition in Warrington. It is free to view and runs until March 23.

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