TP-Collective is pleased to announce the first edition of ART X Lagos, a new platform designed to deepen Nigeria’s connection to the contemporary art scene in Africa and the rest of the world. The 3-day event holding at The Civic Centre, a state of the art conference and banquet centre in Victoria Island, Lagos, will take place from the 4th to the 6th of November 2016.
ART X Lagos was created to inspire Nigerians and to encourage the inflow of other Africans and international visitors to Lagos, to experience the best of what the visual art community in Africa has to offer. It aims to highlight the visual arts as an important component of the creative industry while contributing to the increased visibility of African artists, creating a strong, vibrant art market and positioning Lagos as an emergent cultural capital on the continent.
According to the Artistic Director of ART X Lagos, Bisi Silva, ‘Art X Lagos will present a dynamic and varied programme of exhibitions, specially curated projects, vibrant live art events across a diversity of media including painting, photography, sculpture, video art, performance art, mixed media, drawing and sound art’.
The fair will feature a robust selection of art galleries from Nigeria, Africa and the Diaspora, showcasing the most innovative contemporary art. Exhibitors at ART X Lagos will include galleries such as Art House – The Space (Nigeria), Tiwani Contemporary (United Kingdom), Goodman Gallery (South Africa), Stevenson Gallery (South Africa), SMO Contemporary (Nigeria) and Bloom Art (Nigeria) amongst others.
Shedding more light on the fair and the experience, Creator of ART X Lagos and Director of TP-Collective, Tokini Peterside explains that:
‘The exhibition at Art X Lagos will feature interactive elements to entertain a broader audience, including live art performance areas for illustrators and graffiti artists, with video art, experimental collaborations and much more. Our lively talks programme, will highlight topical issues that pertain to contemporary artistic practice and developing the African visual arts sector as part of the global creative economy. Art X Lagos will deliver an exceptional, uniquely designed experience spread across all three floors of the Civic Centre’.
ART X Lagos is open to a diverse public of art lovers, cultural practitioners, art collectors and connoisseurs, as well as students and the youth.
We look forward to welcoming this vast audience to ART X Lagos 2016 as we set out to position the West African region, and specifically Lagos, as an important destination on the global cultural calendar.