The Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA) supports all practitioners and interpreters of visual art and culture including artists and scholars who, together, promote the role of art in shaping society.

Through publications, research, education and exhibitions, the SNA seeks to engender the highest professional and ethical standards of scholarship, creativity, connoisseurship, criticism and teaching in the practice of the visual art in Nigeria.

The SNA depends on dedicated and committed members to sustain its programmes. Except where noted, the National Executive appoints members of committees, juries, and editorial boards.

The SNA has two kinds of committees: The standing and the ad hoc committees, which can be appointed by the President to address short-term needs of the Society.

All committees, juries and editorial boards function at the Executive’s discretion and have specific responsibilities. They supervise current projects and may initiate programmes and adopt statements, which will strengthen or further SNA goals. The National Executive is however, the final supervisor of the committees’ activities.

The standing committees are the Projects, Exhibition, Publications, Bureau of Information, Society Education and the Membership/Disciplinary and Ethics. Structure and administration differ for editorial boards and juries, as do the scope of their responsibilities.

Presently, there are two (2) adhoc committees:

The Professional Practices Committee
The Nominating Committee

Mode of Operation

1.      A chair and a secretary shall head each committee.

2.      The chair is responsible for directing the committee’s activities and will preside over all meetings.

3.      The secretary shall perform all the secretarial duties of the committee including taking minutes and notification of meetings. He or she shall preside over meetings in the chair’s absence.

4.      The committee shall produce a report and make recommendation to the National Executive for review.

5.      All communiqué including reports shall be typed, signed by all members of the committee before presentation to the National Executive.

6.      The committee shall serve till expiration of its tenure, but will be reviewed quarterly.

7.      Committees performing below expectation shall be dissolved and reconstituted.

8.      The National Executive may co-opt any member of the Society who may contribute to the success of the committee.

9.      All expenses shall be well documented with receipts.



Projects Committee

This committee plans and prepares proposals for the Society’s project in consultation with the National Executive and sources funds for projects.

Terms of Reference

The terms of reference for the projects committee are to:

  1. Solicit additional sources of support (a) for the Society’s programmes (b) to build capacity throughout the Society, cultivate grant-making agencies and apply for grant support. This includes private and corporate foundations and government agencies with a history of supporting the Society, as well as carefully researched new prospects.
  2. Prepare a detailed strategic and implementation plan that sets out priorities and measures results.
  3. Use existing Society programmes to aid development efforts. Those include conferences and annual exhibitions.
  4. Encourage all patrons and trustees to be active fundraisers, to fulfill their annual donations, and to contribute annually to the Society’s funds beyond that sum.
  5. Improve existing revenue-generating programmes and develop new ones.
  6. Design programmes to increase philanthropic support for the arts.
  7. Negotiate funding partnerships with local authorities and other agencies, to secure long –term stability for strategically important activities.
  8. Make proposals to government outlining the real need for capital investment in the arts.
  9. Update guidelines.


Exhibition Committee

This consists of the President, Secretary, and three other members elected by the Society. The three members are appointed by the National Executive, from a selection of the art specializations of the Society. They are responsible for annual and other exhibitions of the Society and have the power to reject or accept applications.

Terms of Reference

The terms of reference for the Exhibition Committee are to:

1.       Evaluate and develop new exhibition opportunities.

2.      Prepare a detailed strategic and implementation plan that sets out priorities and measures results.

3.      Draft an annual exhibition calendar and budget.

4.      Prepare Exhibition proposals and schedules for each show and submit these to the National Executive.

5.      Provide a diversity of themes and media in the exhibitions presented.

6.      Provide exhibition opportunities for emerging artists and students.

7.      Inform members on calls for submissions to local and international exhibitions and competitions.

8.      Organize and raise funds for the annual and other exhibitions of the Society both domestic and international.

9.      Seek high-profit partner institutions to co-sponsor and develop exhibitions.

10.  Maintain records for all exhibitions.

11.  Update new guidelines.


Publications Committee

The committee oversees the Society’s publishing activities and supervises the editorial boards of Creative Dialogue (the Journal of the Society of Nigerian Artists), and the accompanying journal of the annual Conference on Art and Development (CONADEV).

The Publications Committee is responsible for a continuing review of the publications programmes of the SNA to ensure that the various components are responsive to the current needs of users, and to anticipate and prepare for future needs.

Terms of Reference

The terms of reference for the Publications Committee are to:

1.       Review the status of each Society periodical or serial publication and make recommendations as appropriate.

2.       Recommend and review changes in editorial policy, contracts in consultation with the editors of the various publications, the implementation of new policies or changes in publication policy, including, but not limited to, the format, method of production, subscription prices and the type and form of material to be published in the different publications.

3.       Oversee, in accordance with the policies determined by the National Executive, the publishing activities of the Society and to monitor the quality of all Society publications.

4.       Recommend revisions, as necessary, to the policies that govern the publications programmes and general public.


Welfare Committee

Headed by the Welfare Secretary, the Committee is made up of members selected by the National Executive Council from time to time, and is generally responsible for the wellbeing of members of the Society.

Terms of Reference

The terms of reference for the Welfare Committee are:

  1. Administration of the Society’s welfare schemes.
  2. Present to the National Executive Council, concerns that have been initiated by the membership regarding professional challenges.
  3. Consider and advise the National Executive Council on policy matters relating to member welfare.
  4. Identify areas of need of members.
  5. Maintain a diary of social events of members.


Bureau of Information

This committee is appointed by the Executive Council. It is responsible for preparing press releases on behalf of the Society. Both the President and the Honourable General Secretary are authorized to sign such releases. The members of the committee are not allowed to issue any release without the consent of the committee and due approval of both the Honourable General Secretary and the President.

Terms of Reference

The terms of reference for the Bureau of Information Committee are to:

1.      Make more visible and coherent the Society’s various member services.

2.      Prepare a detailed strategic and implementation plan that sets out priorities and measures results.

3.      Assert its role in the exchange of ideas and information on the visual arts and for visual arts professionals in all media.

4.      Continue advocacy efforts on copyright, censorship, visual art funding and related issues.

5.      Strengthen the Society’s capacity to make a case for visual art and enhance our relationship with the art community by communicating clearly, directly and effectively.

6.      Examine our areas of focus in partnership with the visual art community, and publish detailed policy statements arising from these discussions.

7.      Ensure that the Society has the capacity to implement these policies ensuring they are flexible enough to respond to developments, while keeping the long-term overall interests of the visual arts in view; to review the Society’s policies regularly.

8.      Establish new programmes to improve the Society’s capacity to work in partnership with other agencies and bodies to ensure the Society’s policies are relevant and achievable, and that the Society meets its responsibilities to advice government.

9.     Affirm and promote the value of art in the society.

10.   Engage with government departments and agencies, and with the voluntary and private sectors, to ensure that art is central in society by:

·         Designing and implementing an advocacy programme to highlight the value of art to public policy makers.

·         Creating a support programme, based on partnership principles, to assist public sector and voluntary agencies to introduce art into their work.

·          To update guidelines as necessary.


Education Committee

This consists of the President, Secretary, and three other elected members. The committee is empowered to formulate strategies and initiate projects, which enable the impact of the Society to be felt in the art and design, and education sector.

The committee looks into what part the Society can play the upliftment of art education and art history in the country.

It also makes recommendations to the Education Department on policies that will improve art education and art history in the country.

The Education Committee promotes the visual arts as a subject of cultural and historical inquiry, and critical appreciative activity. It encourages excellence in teaching at all levels, with a focus on pedagogy at the higher education level; art history, visual culture, studio aesthetics and art cohesion, and on the interface between arts teaching and learning research and practice.

As part of its objectives, the committee participates fully in accreditation exercises to standardize academic courses in studio practice and art history in the nation’s tertiary institutions. The committee also develops guidelines in the teaching of art and art history in tertiary institutions and revises them as necessary.

Terms of Reference

The terms of reference for the Education Committee are to develop guidelines for:

i.            Standards for the National Certificate of Education in Art

ii.            Standards for the Ordinary National Diploma and Higher National Diploma in Art

iii.            The Standards for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art and the Bachelor of Arts (Education)

iv.            The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Standards and the Master of Arts (Art History) Standard

v.            The Promotion of Distance Education through Digital Technologies


Membership/Disciplinary and Ethics Committee

Disciplinary and Ethics Committee is charged with increasing the membership of the Society. It receives complaints accordingly, and always unites the members of the Society.

Members are free to report to this committee any irregularities or misconduct of any member or any of the Society’s officers. The committee has a secretary, who will be responsible to the executive.

Terms of Reference

The terms of reference for the Membership/Disciplinary Committee are to:

1.      Develop and apply guidelines for ensuring ethical behaviour among members.

2.      Develop standard guidelines for the professional practice of the visual arts.

3.      Prepare a detailed strategic and implementation plan that sets out priorities and measures results.

4.      Establish membership of the Society with international art associations and copyright institutions.

5.      Increase membership by the end of the 3-year strategic – plan period.

6.      Maintain an accurate database of current membership.

7.      Centralize and expand the Society’s professional development services, especially mentoring and other support services for members at all career stages.

8.      Hold fora at secondary schools and tertiary institutions to encourage increased membership.

9.      Suggest potential members and carry out orientation for new members.

10.   Organize interviews for new members, regularize old membership and issue membership cards.

11.   Give advice on (i) the membership of other committees and (ii) the procedures to be adopted, and the standards to be observed by those committees.

12.  Establish guidelines on implementing welfare programmes, co-operatives, pensions and cell units.

13.  Receive complaints, mediate on issues and resolve conflicts that arise between SNA members, and members and the public. For example, copyright infringement.

14.  Recommend members eligible for financial aid.

15.  Update new guidelines.



Professional Practices Committee

The Professional Practices Committee responds to growing concerns of the practice in relation to areas such as job placement and recruitment, tenure and promotion procedures, scholarly standards and ethics, studio health and safety, and artists’ practices.

The Committee also develops standards and guidelines for the practice of the visual arts, and revises them as necessary.

Terms of Reference

The terms of reference for the Committee are to develop the following standards and guidelines for the practice of the visual arts:

  1. The Professional Practices for Artists
  2. The Standards for Professional Placement
  3. The Guidelines for Part-Time Professional Employment
  4. The Curriculum Vitae for Museum Professionals
  5. The Visual Artists Curriculum Vitae: Recommended Conventions
  6. The Artist Resume: Recommended Conventions
  7. The Etiquette for Art Interviewers
  8. The Society of Nigerian Artist’s Statement on Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality
  9. The Information about Museum Ethics and Professional Practices
  10. The Code of Ethics for Art Historians and Guidelines for the Professional Practice of Art History
  11. The Printmakers Contracts
  12. The Guide to Print and Photograph Law
  13. The Guidelines for Curatorial-Studies Programmes
  14. The Standards for Retention and Tenure of Art and Design Faculty
  15. Peer Review in SNA Publications


Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is charged with nominating candidates for the award of fellowship and for exemplary commitment and service in the promotion and development of visual art in Nigeria.

Terms of Reference

The terms of reference for the Committee are to:

  1. Review the existing standards for the award of fellowship of the Society of Nigerian Artists and make recommendations to the National Executive Council accordingly.
  2. Identify and recommend candidates for the award of fellowship of the Society of Nigerian Artists.
  3. Assess the vacancies on each committee and editorial board.
  4.  Develop a list of potential candidates for prospective committee and board positions.
  5. Pre-screen the candidates to ensure that they have the optimal background, skills, and interests for membership of a particular committee or board and that they can make the necessary time commitment to serve on a committee or board.
  6. Assess which candidates correspond to specific vacancies by learning about the strategic plans, and current projects of the particular committee and board.
  7. Ensure that biographical information accompanies each of its nominations.