By JAPHET ALAKAM- VISUAL
With just few days to go to its annual Gala and Award Night, The Board of Trustees of the Life In My City Art Festival, (LIMCAF) has announced the constitution of the Grand Finale Jury for the special 10th anniversary edition of the Festival coming up on Saturday 29th October, 2016.
The jury will be headed by Dr. Peju Layiwola, Associate Professor of art History, University of Lagos.
A statement by Ayo Adewumi, Art Director of Life In My City Art Festival, said that the French Embassy has announced a new category of award of their own for LIMCAF’s teaming contestants by which Mr. Sennacherib, the Cultural Attaché at the French Embassy, Lagos Liaison Office will select an outstanding work of his choice on behalf of the Embassy. The owner of the selected work will be sponsored by the embassy to participate in a solo or group exhibitions chosen by the Embassy.
Also, another special feature of this 10th Anniversary edition is the donation of the prize money for all the LIMCAF Category Prizes by renowned sculptor and one of Africa’s best known artists Professor El Anatsui.
Over the years LIMCAF had consistently selected an A-list jury of scholars and distinguished practitioners in various fields of contemporary visual art to adjudicate the entries sent in by aspiring young Nigerian artists from all over the country. This 10th anniversary edition of the Festival is clearly no exception.
The head of the jury, Layiwola is an artist and art historian who has published widely on the visual culture of Nigeria and Africa. She earned a B.A in Metal casting and Design from the University of Benin (1988), a Masters and Doctoral degree (Visual Arts) from the University of Ibadan (1991/2004).
Other members include, Professor Mu’azu Mohammed Sani. Mu’azu, who holds a PhD in Painting is currently lecturing in the Department of Fine Arts, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.
Another member is Ikechukwu Francis Okoronkwo (Ike Francis), a graduate of sculptor from the University of Port-Harcourt in 1995 earned an M.F.A. in painting in 2001 from the University of Nigeria Nsukka.
And the last is Dr. Kenny Badaru, a multimedia experimental artist holds B.A. and MFA degrees in Sculpture from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Currently he is a doctoral research scholar at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State.
A statement by Ayo Adewunmi, Art Director of Life In My City Art Festival, says that in keeping with LIMCAF’s tradition, the international dimension to the panel will be provided by Aurelieu Sennacherib the Cultural Attaché at the French Embassy, Lagos Liaison Office. The French Embassy in Nigeria as well as the Alliance Française network throughout Nigeria have been a major and consistent source of support for LIMCAF since its inception.