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.
The 2019 National Business Conference
Register to attend the 2019 National Business Conference holding on Thursday, October 3, 2019, in Lagos. Themed "Creating Connections-Building Bridges… Together", and hosted by BNI, the conference aims to provide practical solutions and way forward for businesses and entrepreneurs and present emerging opportunities to harness. There will be connections with quality business professionals and presentations on referrals and networking techniques. In addition, there will industry experts, lectures, business networking and interactions and keynote speakers.
To register, visit https://nationalbusinessconference.com
Lagos Theatre Festival 2019
From February 25 to March 3 2019, over 600 artists will gather to present over 100 performances at 20 Venues at the Lagos Theatre Festival themed “Imagine the Unimaginable ”. Like in 2018, this year's edition will have curated and fringe strands. The fringe is an open-access festival for all genres in the performing arts (small theatre, children’s theatre, dance, film, spoken word, comedy, puppetry, cabaret, music and interdisciplinary arts) and is designed to allow performers/companies not participating in the curated festival an opportunity to present work for viewing.
Lagos Theatre Festival was founded by British Council in 2013 to present performing arts from Nigeria, US, UK, Europe and Africa at large every February in Lagos.
Queen Moremi the Musical
House of Oduduwa and Rejuvenee, in collaboration with Bolanle Austen-Peters Production, presents the most anticipated live theatre show of one of the greatest Yoruba Queen to ever live, Queen Moremi The Musical running from December 21 to January 2, 2019.
Queen Moremi is recorded in history as the evergreen, loving and selfless Queen who rescued and preserved the kingdom of Ile-Ife in present day Osun State. The Musical has a line-up of noteworthy cast members; Lala Akindoju, Bamike ‘Bam Bam’ Olawunmi, Ela Olurogbo, Rotimi Adelagan, Kunle Afolayan, Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde, Bimbo Manuel, Femi Branch, Adeyemi Okanlawon, Tosin Adeyemi, Segun Dada, Paolo Sisiano, Moshood Fattah, Kehinde Oretimehin, Justin Ezirim, Franklyn Ossai, Deyemi Okanlanwo, Celestine and Ayo Ayoola.
The costume work for the musical is famously made from the 19th-century attires for the royal house of Ile-Ife, Nigeria, a project led by the Bolanle Austen-Peters’ creative team.
Ambassador to the Queen Moremi Ajasoro Initiative and Executive Director of the musical, Princess Ronke Ademiluyi says, “Queen Moremi is a global representation of the present day Queen Warrior, being a queen was never only to be behind the scenes, but also getting in the forefront of solving mystery battles which is pretty remarkable and we are not going to shy away from that.”
artist of the month
Sculptor, designer and teacher, Olu Amoda, was born in 1959 in Warri. His technique involves welding several found objects including iron to create sculptures of powerful contrasts. These objects when assembled are at once gritty and seductive, brooding and redemptive, personal and monumental. The power of his work derives from its combination of abstract shapes with pointed references to the human form while the use of other materials enhance the crisp contours and imparts a solidity typical of conventional sculpture. They are imbued with enigmatic beauty that reflects a subtle understanding of context, respect for tradition while embracing modernism and attaining a synthesis between matter and space.
Like his contemporaries living and working on the continent, Amoda provides an alternative, optimistic stance in the repositioning and rewriting of art historical discourse with deep insightful commentaries and observations on the social, economic and political realities of modern Africa. Olu Amoda has participated in several prominent exhibitions including "Out of the Ordinary: Spectacular Craft" at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Renowned curator Bisi Silva has died. She passed on at 3:45 pm on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, in Lagos after a long illness. Silva is celebrated for her vision and hard work in inspiring a generation of artists, collectors, students and art enthusiasts across the African continent. She was the founder and artistic director of […]
The Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA) in collaboration with the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) launched a 3-part programme themed Music Meets Art, comprising of an art exhibition, an award dinner and art auction. The initiative was an avenue to celebrate the ties between both forms of creative expression. The 22nd annual festival of the Musical Society […]
About Music Meets Art The relationship between music and art is an inextricable one and has existed for many centuries. Artists have always celebrated minstrels and singers in paintings and sculpture. Indeed, in traditional African society, the masquerade which is the highest form of creativity embodies music, dance, costume, performance and art – sculpture in […]
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