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 of Nigeria (MUSON) took place from the October 17 to October 28, 2018.
The art exhibition commenced with a nation-wide call for entries, and featured portraits of celebrated musical composers and artists (living and deceased), as well as works inspired by dances, festivals and music.
Also featured at the exhibition was Artists and Studios (Ghana/Nigeria) a project by Diseye Tantua, documenting the lives of artists in Ghana and Nigeria. Comprising of exquisite photographs and video, it offers deeper insight into their working lives, thinking processes and inspiration.
The exhibition was also facilitated by non-profit organisation, the Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria. A presentation of art works by sickle cell patients were on display as proceeds went towards sustaining the initiative and supporting the work of the foundation in giving hope and succour for people with sickle cell.
In addition to the Music Meets Art initiative, a dinner and auction was also part of the programme, which took place at the Shell Hall, MUSON Centre on October 24, 2018.
The dinner was also an opportunity to launch the SNA’s Hall of Fame as a memorial to celebrated artists, both living and deceased.
The hall is conceived as a permanent exhibition at the MUSON and is expected to inspire several generations of creatives. Also, at the event was the award of fellowships to deserving members of the Society and an art auction.
Another high point of the night was in honour of the renowned artist, Mr. Kolade Oshinowo who turned 70 this year.
The evening featured an auction with select pieces from the exhibition that raised funds for the SNA’s objectives, including a new secretariat and an academic journal.
The Society of Nigerian Artists also inaugurated a College of Fellows at the award dinner.
A video presentation by Diseye Tantua, titled Artists and Studios (Ghana/Nigeria), which documents the lives of artists in Ghana and Nigeria embellished the evening with a montage of legendary artists defining their journey.