The Sirigu Women's Organisation of Pottery and Art (SWOPA) is an association made up of over 150 women engaged in traditional pottery production, wall designing and other traditional artifacts. Based in Sirigu in the Upper East region of Ghana, the association aims at preserving and developing their traditional culture, producing high quality art that has its roots in the village culture and providing services for tourists.
With the aid of a grant from the BUSAC Fund, the association successfully embarked on advocacy action that led to the provision of electricity to their arts production centre in 2012. The centre's connection to the national grid has enhanced the association's productivity, making the centre more friendly to artifact buyers and tourists.
In recognition of the association's excellence in the production of traditional artifacts, Alliance Francaise (AF) is exhibiting the products of SWOPA at AF's premises in Accra from 30th October to 14th November, 2013. Items on display range from wall paintings to glossy pottery. Pictures of some of their products are displayed below.
SWOPA's works on display at the exhibition