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Vision

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.

Mission

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.

Value

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.

Opportunities

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.

national executives

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

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artist of the month

Segun Aiyesan was born in 1971 in Benin, Nigeria. He studied Electronic /Electrical Engineering at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (1995). Aiyesan is one of the best-known artists on the Lagos contemporary scene. Largely self-trained, portrait and figure studies form a special part of his oeuvre. Aiyesan’s technical proficiency is evident in the subtle rendering of form, mood, and the rich and varied textures of his canvases. Segun Aiyesan has had several solo shows and participated in many group exhibitions in Nigeria, Italy, the Netherlands, South Africa and France.

latest news

Remembering Bisi Silva

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 […]

Review: Music Meets Art

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 […]

Music Meets Arts

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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Abuja Secretariat
Suite 5, Art and Craft Village
Central Business District
Email: info@snanational.org
Tel: +234 8184553331, 08151122141