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Artists get space boost

By Chris Onuoha

Stemming from need to have a serene and conducive environment to work in a traffic congested and noisy city of Lagos, a new space facility called TY Workspace, ready to meet the need of discerning professionals and general public has come to berth in the heart of Lagos Mainland. It is also a perfect haven for artists to display and exhibit artworks for collectors, tourists and art enthusiasts.

From left: Toyin Arowolo CEO, TYWorkspace Center; Ade Aladegbongbo,art lecturer, YabaTech; Dr. Kunle Adeyemi, Dean, School of Art and Design, Yaba College of Technology, during the unveiling in Lagos.

Quietly sitting on the first floor at 17 Ibikunle Street, Yaba, TY Workspace is easily accessible through the University of Lagos road, overlooking Yaba College Technology, Lagos. It is established to cater and alleviate the stress people pass through while working in the ever busy city of Lagos. It is also a unique hub for both old and emerging art contemporaries.

The founder, Toyin Arowolo, while explaining the reasons that inspired such project said that congestion in the city of Lagos coupled with bottlenecks in getting to the Lagos Island orchestrated the need to decongest the axis, hence having similar workspace hub within mainland to cater to the need of corporate community in Lagos.

“When we decided to open a Workspace, art, among other things, was a big part of our vision. I noticed with keen interest that most corporate communities, including artists, run to the Island for such space facilities, hence, we decided to make art, especially African art, a major focus.

TY Workspace is created to meet the needs of people who find it difficult to get a quiet place to work for a short time. With our mission statement saying, “work well, live well” we seek to get people through their work to live more fully and joyfully. Our well-crafted spaces have been designed to allow workers enjoy their work in a serene environment.

However, we are unveiling the space with an art exhibition tagged, ‘New treasures, new space” as a way of launching into the consciousness of every worker in Lagos the facilities on ground. Thus, we utilize the opportunity to make use of the facilities. Some of our facilities include fully serviced offices, private and shared office spaces. Meeting rooms for cooperate entities. The exhibition will be a biannual event.

Also speaking, Dr. Kunle Adeyemi, Dean, School of art and Design, YabaTech said the collaboration with TY Workspace is a welcome development. We have young artist graduates and students who ordinarily cannot afford exhibition space on the Island. But with this close-by, they will immensely benefit. Secondly, this will also afford collectors within mainland zone to have the best of works an easily accessible place.

 

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