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Anya Paintsil


Anya Paintsil, London-based textile artist of Welsh and Ghanaian heritage. Her practice combines traditional hand rug making techniques with afro hair styling methods to explore identity, gendered labour seeking to promote artistic practices historically devalued due to their associations with femininity and other marginalised groups. Recent acquisitions of her work include Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The National Museum of Wales, The Whitworth Gallery, Manchester and The Women’s Art Collection at Cambridge University. She was awarded the prestigious Wakelin Award in 2020. Her work is featured at exhibitions at The Whitworth Gallery Manchester, The Craft Council Gallery, London and at Arnolfini, Bristol.