By Prisca Sam-Duru
The Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, will play host to Africa’s emerging artists and leading galleries at this year’s edition of Art X Lagos, holding from November 3 to November 5 2017, and organized by TP-Collective.
Last year, the debut edition of the fair saw 65 artists, drawn from 10 countries in Africa, present works of art across various medium including painting, sculpture, illustration and photography. Special projects included live art installations, and performances that combined music with visual art. During its 3-day duration, over 5,000 visitors comprising art lovers, enthusiasts, collectors and international observers, were in attendance.
Building on the success of its maiden edition, and continuing with its objective to showcase the best and most innovative contemporary art from the African continent and the diaspora, ART X Lagos in 2017 will host prestigious galleries such as Art House – The Space (Nigeria), SMO Contemporary (Nigeria), Stevenson Gallery (South Africa), Gallery 1957 (Ghana) and Tafeta (United Kingdom), amongst others. The presenting galleries have been chosen by a Selection 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. The 2017 art fair will also feature curated projects and a talk program, curated by Missla Libsekal, an independent cultural producer and the Founder of Another Africa. In addition, the art fair will see the return of ART X Live! a live art and music performance featuring Africa’s most talented rising artists, as well as interactive projects curated by A Whitespace Creative Agency.
The Director of TP-Collective, Tokini Peterside, said, “Our debut art fair in 2016 was an exciting and exhilarating experience that validated our decision to create this vital platform for the growth and increased visibility of African artists and galleries. We are incredibly proud of our achievement, which culminated in visits by over 5,000 visitors to the Civic Centre over 3 days, to see the works of Africa’s most inspiring artists. 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 just 4 months’ time, we will be opening the doors to the ART X Lagos art fair, and we look forward once again 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.”