BY PRISCA SAM-DURU
No fewer than a hundred students and young artists drawn from Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Uyo, Auchi Polytechnic, Federal College of Education Abeokuta, YABATECH and Federal College of Education Akoka would, come 3rd may 2011, enjoy a rare privilege of acquiring hands-on techniques of art production in an Art Entrepreneurship workshop organised by the university of Lagos, Akoka Yaba.
The workshop tagged,UNILAG Art Entrepreneurship workshop 2011 which is the first of its kind, sponsored by Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation(OYASAF), a Foundation which prides itself as the most widespread collector of traditional, modern and contemporary art in Nigeria, is facilitated by a team of highly skilled artists who will anchor major areas of the arts selected for this year’s workshop.
The facilitators, widely traveled Kathleen Stafford with over thirty years experience in water colour and recently, collographic printing in Africa and Middle East, whose next exhibition comes up at the gallery of Nike Okundaye later this year; Ariyo Oguntemehin, a photojournalist with the Nigerian Institute of Journalism known for his mastery of paintings through the medium of pastel; Sam Ovraiti, a renowned painter whose impact as a passionate teacher and prolific painter speaks volume of his ingenuity; the project coordinator, Dr. Peju Layiwola, the coordinator of visual arts unit, UNILAG, endeared to many for her active involvement in community works, would be on ground to impact on the participants, providing them with up-to-date materials and techniques for creative works in repousse art, Ceramics, Print making and Water Colour in addition to equipping them with the much needed entrepreneurial abilities that will enable them optimise possibilities in the visual world.
The one-week workshop which runs from 9 till 4pm daily, closes with a grand finale and award ceremony to be presented by the founder of OYASAF at the Arts Theatre, UNILAG.
The CEO of OYASAF, Engr Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon who spoke to the press at his Maryland residence said that the workshop has no cost implication for participants as all materials to be used have been provided by the OYASAF Foundation, a legacy which he said is for the promotion and extension of the beauty of Nigerian art and culture to the other parts of the world.
Also speaking, the coordinator of the workshop, Dr. Peju Layiwola noted that the collaboration of UNILAG and OYASAF is a platform for furthering the mission of both institutions in the promotion, teaching, development and preservation of art. On what efforts being put in place for the sustenance of knowledge acquired during the workshop, Dr Layiwola explained that the data base of participants will enable the organisers, maintain contact with the participants and their future works to ensure there is an improvement on their already existing art works.