By Japhet Alakam
ART X Lagos, West Africa’s foremost international art fair, in conjunction with Access Bank, is proud to announce the 2018 edition of the ‘ART X Prize with Access’,which was established to recognise and support the best of emerging Nigerian visual art talent.
With a mission to support and contribute to the development of the art sector in Nigeria, by investing in Nigerian talent, Access Bank’s collaboration with ART X Lagos, and sponsorship of the ART X Prize with Access, is a partnership that will provide vital professional development for a new generation of Nigerian artists, and celebrate and empower emerging talent.
The winner of the ART X Prize with Access will receive a ₦1million grant towards an ambitious project or installation by the artist, which will be exhibited in a solo presentation at ART X Lagos 2018. The winning artist will additionally receive significant visibility, and invaluable opportunities for networking and mentoring.
According to Tokini Peterside, Founder & Director of ART X Lagos, “We are delighted to have the support of Access Bank for this initiative which will enable us to support ambitious emerging artists in Nigeria, who are at pivotal stages in their careers. The ART X Prize with Access will give Nigeria’s most promising emerging artists the opportunity to further their careers, and to challenge the expectations of the global audience at ART X Lagos, which is comprised of collectors and visitors from significant institutions around the world.”
The ART X Prize with Access will be adjudicated by a jury of 5 renowned artists and industry stakeholders: namely, Professor Bruce Onobrakpeya, a renowned experimental artist, with a career spanning five decades and notable exhibitions, Yinka Shonibare MBE, received Turner Prize nominations in 2004 and in 2008, and is renowned worldwide for his ground breaking sculptures, photography and prints, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, visual artist and performer and a recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.
Others are, Sokari Douglas-Camp, who represented Britain and Nigeria in national and international exhibitions and her solo exhibitions have held at The Smithsonian Institute and The Museum of Mankind London among other institutions and Oliver Enwonwu, artist, art critic, historian, publisher and curator. He is also the director and founder of Omenka Gallery, and is president of the Society of Nigerian Artists.
The ART X Prize with Access 2018 now welcomes emerging Nigerian artists to apply to this vital platform, who are domiciled in Nigeria and have practised as artists for at least 5 years. Applications can be submitted at www.artxlagos.com/prize and will be open until 15th June 2018. The winner will be declared at the end of June.