“Thinkers, creators, artists, students, collectors and more!”
On the 30th and 31st October, Art Summit Nigeria will hold a series of speeches and talks; as well as workshops and masterclasses by esteemed artists and important figures within Nigeria’s arts and culture scene. The summit aims to highlight the crucial efforts of artists in both local and international economies. Showing governmental support, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, as well as the Vice President are amongst other practitioners contributing to the conference.
Day 1 has associate curator at Lagos’ Centre for Contemporary Art Iheanyi Onwuegbucha discussing the wide range of critical views and analyses around the exhibition of Nigerian art with the highly esteemed artist, art historian and curator Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi. Other talks include Victor Ehikhamenor speaking on the notion of the artist’s voice; the importance of patronage and discussions on the access of funds for the visual arts.
Day 2 of the conference is scattered with more discussions and conversations including Azu Nwagbogu with Kehinde Wiley on the subject of artists as catalysts with a socio-political role in advocating and discussing freedom of expression and representation. A panel will discuss and analyse the sale of Tutu, the ‘African Mona Lisa’ by painter Ben Enwonwu, sold for £ 1.2 million at Bonham’s in London and the impact this has on the Nigerian art market, cultural capital, and modernism.
Housed in two different spaces, there will be a range of workshops held during the two days of the summit. The first day offers financial management courses for creatives, as well as a legal clinic advising on copyright and contracts. Workshop Space B boasts a masterclass by Chimurenga’s Ntone Njabe lecturing on his work as founder of the publication as well as other projects. Bolatito Aderemi-Ibitola is to hold a practicum on performance and video art. The second and final day proclaims a jam-packed schedule of facilitated lectures and reviews on a range of contemporary art practice from The Future of Painting; a masterclass in Environmental Art; a lecture on the collaborative practice around craft and technology as well as a masterclass on The FilmMakers Process. There is also a strong focus on digital media and its value to art practice.
Pamela Bentley is a writer on ART AFRICA‘s editorial team.