Music Meets Arts

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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 the intricate face mask and painting in its embellishment with natural pigments.

Likewise, in contemporary times, the boundaries between these different genres are increasingly blurred with art exhibitions incorporating music and sound installation. Fairly recently, Lagos-based Omenka Gallery hosted Soundspiration, an exhibition of sculpture and a sound installation by well-known Adeola Balogun. It featured musicians fashioned from rubber tyres and bearing actual instruments including the saxophone and trumpet.

This exhibition model fusing separate but related disciplines has also been successfully implemented all over the world at prestigious fairs, biennials and museums, to increase visitor numbers.

Towards this end, the Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA) in collaboration with the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) are organising a 3-part programme themed Music Meets Art, comprising of an art exhibition, an award dinner and art auction. Part of the annual MUSON Festival holding from October 17 – 28, 2018, the programme holds across two venues at the MUSON Centre in Lagos. It aims to celebrate the ties between music and art while increasing the visibility and appreciation of both means of creative expression.

• Art Exhibition

– Commenced with a nation-wide call for entries, the art exhibition will feature portraits of celebrated musical composers and artists (living and deceased), as well as works inspired by dances, festivals and music.

– Begun seven years ago by artist, Diseye Tantua, Artists and Studios (Ghana/Nigeria) documents the lives of artists in Ghana and Nigeria. A main feature of the exhibition, it aims to offer deeper insight into their working lives, thinking processes and inspiration. The project is conceived as a portrait gallery to preserve images of artists from Nigeria and Ghana, from the established to the emerging creating groundbreaking work. It features exquisite photographs of the artists in their various studios and workspaces with accompanying short interviews on their journey through the visual arts, captured in video. Photographs are printed on metal sheets, canvas and archival paper, many signed by the artists.

– Facilitated by non-profit organisation, the Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria, a presentation of artworks by sickle cell patients will also be on display. Proceeds from sales will go towards sustaining the initiative and supporting the work of the foundation in giving hope and succour for people with sickle cell.

• The dinner will be held in honour of celebrated artist Kolade Oshinowo on the occasion of his 70th birthday anniversary.

– In addition to awarding individuals who have promoted the visual arts in the past year, the dinner will be an opportunity to launch the SNA’s Hall of Fame as a memorial to celebrated musicians and artists, as well as an evening to honour them. The hall is conceived as a permanent exhibition at the MUSON and is expected to inspire her students, as well as increase the number of visitors to the institution.

– The SNA’s College of Fellows will also be inaugurated at the event.

• An art auction of select pieces from the exhibition will raise funds towards achieving the SNA’s objectives including a new secretariat and an academic journal.

Important Dates

October 17 – 28: Art Exhibition

Venue: Function Room

Monday, October 24: Dinner and Art Auction

Venue: Shell Nigeria Hall, The Muson Centre, 8/9, Marina Road, Onikan, Lagos

Dinner Tickets:

N6,000 per individual (SNA Members only), N12,000 per individual

N100,000 for a table (seats 10)

Inquiries: Christy- 09090846991