MEL WLLIAMS is an artist living and working in Worcestershire. In 2011 she took part in the five-day Go Ghana! Cycle Challenge, riding 240 miles in intense heat from the slave fort of Elmina to the rural plateau of Kwahu, to raise money for clean drinking water in Kwahu Tafo. On the evening before the cyclists set off, she chanced to witness the transfixing beauty of the fishermen of Elmina putting out to sea in the evening light, and was inspired to undertake the collection of paintings which form the basis of her contribution to COLOURS OF GHANA.
CHRISTOPHER CHARWAY is a Ghanaian artist who lives in Accra. He has exhibited widely in Ghana and in 2000 was awarded a Gold Medal at the 17th World Quality Commitment Convention in Detroit. A sought-after painter accustomed to portraying the urban and fishing scenes of his own locality, he was freshly inspired at Easter 2014 by an invitation from Friends of Tafo to visit Kwahu, a little-known area of dramatic natural beauty and untouched cultural traditions in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
Both artists have generously offered to give 50% of all profit to Friends of Tafo
in tribute to FOT’s development work in the impoverished rural community.
FRIENDS OF TAFO
is a UK Charity set up to support the work of comedy producer Humphrey Barclay (Cambridge Circus, I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again, Do Not Adjust Your Set, Doctor in the House, A Fine Romance, Hot Metal, Up The Garden Path, Agony, Surgical Spirit, Spaced) when he was enstooled as Development Chief of Kwahu Tafo in place of his late friend the actor Christopher Gyearbuor Asante (‘Matthew’, the African eternal student in his series Desmond’s), whose ancestral home it was. Over the course of 13 years, FOT supporters have funded a Library, Music Academy, Science Club, health programmes, the rebuilding of schools, clean drinking water, school IT labs, school attendance, University places and most recently tourism development: and created a local Progress Council to manage all projects responsibly and accountably. Now, assured of fresh energetic and far-sighted successors in Tafo, Humphrey has returned to TV, currently producing ITV’s Birds of a Feather. This therefore is the last fundraising event for Friends of