The Society of Nigerian Artists engenders the highest standards of scholarship, creativity, criticism and teaching of the visual arts in Nigeria to encourage intellectual advancement and the development of skills that enrich visual arts professionals and their contribution to national development.


To uphold excellence and engender the highest professional standards in the practice of visual arts in Nigeria while encouraging its appreciation through publications, research, education and exhibitions.


The SNA represents the diverse community of visual arts professionals in Nigeria by promoting originality and excellence in scholarship, creativity, interpretation, and teaching in the practice of visual arts in Nigeria.

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Our Logo is the most visible representation of the
Society. It consists of our name and symbol,

The Queen Idia mask.

Its history dates back to more than 500 years ago.
Queen Idia was the mother of Oba Esigie, one of Benin kingdom’s greatest kings,
A revered warrior, she helped conquer his enemies and save the kingdom from collapse.

In appreciation, he created the title of Iyoba (Queen Mother) and commissioned the mask.

Carved from ivory, the Queen Idia mask is one of the most iconic

works of the royal arts of the ancient Benin kingdom (1440-1897).

Produced mainly for the Oba to affirm his divine nature, as well as record historical events,

Benin art is renowned all over the world for its excellent craftsmanship.


This section contains updated information about artists, scholars , museums, professionals, educators and other members of the visual arts community to facilitate professional development.

It includes bursaries funding for artistic projects, notices of residencies, employment opportunities, calls for papers and to submit work to exhibitions and as well as competitions.


ORMS Cape Town School of Photography: Artist in Residence June / July

Open Call : Calling Women Artist / Constructing Future Cities

Call for Presentations: Act | UJ Creative Conference

Black Mark Collective: Call for Papers for 2017 Visual Arts Symposium

Bamako Encounters: Call for Applications 2017

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From June 17 to July 11, 2017, Omenka Gallery will present "Bubbles of Emotions" by Nigerian sculptor Adeola Balogun. The exhibition is inspired by social currents or current affairs.
According to Adeola Balogun, “Bubbles of Emotion" is a body of work that attempts to reflect on heart-wrenching narratives both at my immediate environmental and at the global space; the atmosphere has never been this charged! Over the years, the polity has been polluted by bad governance; ethno-racism/nepotism, social injustice and corruption, all the vices becoming intractable and a constant barrage in our collective psyche. Frustration has led many to embark on perilous journeys in foreign climes, seeking for greener pastures where they do not exist.


"Modern Interpretations", an exhibition of 34 paintings by Nigerian artist Titi Omoighe opened on June 3, 2017 at Temple Muse in Lagos. Omoighe’s works can be split broadly in three main themes. Recent Works show her ability to take risks, as well as explore new techniques and subjects. There is also the 'Hunter' series, inspired by D.O. Fagunwa’s book "Ogboju Ode ninu Igbo Irunmale" and translated into English by Wole Soyinka as "Forest of a Thousand Daemons". The final theme, Tradition and Culture focuses on the way of life of the African people while also investigating the indigenous, focusing on different groups, values and cultures. The exhibition will run till August 30.


artist of the month

An indigene of Ogun State, Nigeria who was born on 29th December 1958, he works and lives in Lagos with his family. Abiodun Olaku is a respected member of the Society of Nigeria Artists (SNA); a founding member, inaugural vice-president and trustee of the Guild of Professional Fine Artists of Nigeria (GFA); and one of the founders and trustees of Universal Studios of Art, National Theatre, Lagos. He continues to train, mentor and inspire younger generations of Nigerian artists and also consults widely on professional art matters, among other activities.

latest news

University of Nsukka at 50: Nkoli Ka

African Artists Foundation and the University of Nsukka will on June 23, 2017, hold a commemorative round table that spans the growth of art in Nigeria and the legacy of the last 50 years. This jubilee celebration is themed Nkoli Ka meaning “recalling is greatest”. According to Chinua Achebe, “It is the story that outlives the sound of war […]

Yaw Owusu: All That Glitters

From June 29 to August 15, 2017, Gallery 1957 will present All That Glitters by Ghanaian artist Yaw Owusu. Through his socially engaged and visually rich practice, the artist questions the failures of Ghana’s ongoing infrastructural development. Owusu creates sculptural installations that repurpose found objects, shifting the value of otherwise worthless materials into things of […]

Adeola Balogun: Bubbles of Emotions

From June 17 to July 1, 2017, Omenka Gallery will present Bubbles of Emotions by Nigerian artist Adeola Balogun. The exhibition is inspired by social currents or current affairs. According to Adeola Balogun, “Bubbles of Emotion is a body of work that attempt to reflect on heart-wrenching narratives both at my immediate environmental and at […]

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