Senior Brand Manager, Seven Up, Segun Ogunleye; Founder/Director, ART X Lagos, Tokini Peterside and Group Head, Corporate Communications & External Affairs, Access Bank Plc, Amaechi Okobi at a press briefing to announce ART X Lagos 2018
Building on the success of previous edition, which attracted over 15,000 visitors, ART X Lagos is set for the third edition of its yearly fair, which holds from November 2 to 4, 2018. This edition is going to be the biggest, as it is set to feature more events in the programme line-up.
Holding at The Civic Centre, Lagos, the fair will play host to some of Africa’s established and emerging artists, as well as leading galleries. The fair will host 18 galleries, such as: Art House – The Space (Nigeria), Addis Fine Art (Ethiopia), Circle Art Agency (Kenya), Stevenson Gallery (South Africa), Gallery 1957 (Ghana), Tafeta (United Kingdom), Tiwani Contemporary (United Kingdom), Nike Art Gallery (Nigeria), and Out of Africa Gallery (Spain) amongst others. The 18 exhibiting galleries have been chosen by a committee led by Advisory Board members, N’Goné Fall, the renowned Senegalese curator, art critic and cultural consultant, and Femi Lijadu, one of Nigeria’s most respected art collectors and leading commercial lawyers.
As part of its pan-African identity and widening Nigeria’s connection to the contemporary African art world, ART X Lagos will for the first time, welcome East African artists to the fair. Critically acclaimed artists like Paul Onditi and Cyrus Kabiru from Kenya will headline the East African team.
According to Founder and Director, Tokini Peterside, “after the success of ART X Lagos 2017, we are delighted to return for a third edition. We are validated in our decision to develop this vital platform for the growth and increased visibility of African artists and galleries. This would have been impossible without the phenomenal support of the galleries, sponsors and partners, who took a huge leap of faith and committed to support us from ground zero, for which we are most grateful. In six weeks, we will open the doors to ART X Lagos 2018. We look forward to welcoming a vast and varied, local and international audience as we seek to reinforce Lagos’ position as an emergent cultural capital on our continent.”
Another new feature is the keynote artist, where Yinka Shonibare will be celebrated with a highly anticipated exhibition, exploring his career highlights.
Also, the ART X Prize with Access debuts on the fair to bolster the efforts of emerging artists who have demonstrated a commitment to careers as professional visual artists. Bolatito Aderemi-Ibitola, who emerged as the winner in June 2018, after a rigorous selection process, received a grant of N1 million and will have a solo presentation of her project, Scraps from Mama’s Floor at this year’s fair.
Interactive Projects will be curated by Whitespace Creative Agency, as the show features experiential platforms that explore ideas influenced by the exhilarating essence of Lagos. Olalekan Jeyifous and Wale Lawal have created virtual reality installation, ‘Mad Horse City’, which explores a futuristic imagination of Lagos in the year 2115. Meanwhile ‘Lagos Drawings’ is an Interactive Installation, by Karo Akpokiere, which combines digital technology, perceptible sounds and visual illustrations inspired by Lagos Textures.