THE first ART X Lagos, a new art fair designed to widen Nigeria’s connection to the contemporary art scene across Africa and internationally will happen from November 4 to 6 in Lagos, organizers have said.
Initiated by TP-Collective, the fair created to consolidate the role of the visual arts as an important component of the creative industry, contribute to the increased visibility of contemporary artists from Africa, and positionLagos as an emergent cultural capital on the continent will take place at The Civic Centre.
The fair will feature a selected group of invited art galleries from Nigeria, Africa and the Diaspora, showcasing the most innovative contemporary art by over 45 established and emerging artists.
A statement from the organizers said exhibitors at ART X Lagos will include galleries such as Art House – The Space (Nigeria), Bloom Art (Nigeria), SMO Contemporary (Nigeria), Goodman Gallery (South Africa) and Stevenson Gallery (South Africa), amongst others.
ART X Lagos founder, and director of TP-Collective, TokiniPeterside, said that: “I am encouraged by the interest and support we have received so far from all quarters. This affirms our decision to go ahead with such an ambitious project. As Nigeria and its neighbouring countries seek to diversify and expand their economies, our investment in the creative industry via Art X Lagos, offers a vital platform for growth and increased visibility to artists and galleries. Our aim with Art X Lagos is to encourage greater patronage of artists across the board in Africa, and to inspire young people and the future generations of artists.”
Artistic Director of ART X Lagos, Bisi Silva, added: “I am extremely excited to be part of this pioneering initiative. I believe this art fair can become one of the key ways in which we begin to develop and internationalise the art sector in Africa as well as add value to the incredible work that is being created across the continent. In this way an art ecosystem can be developed that contributes to the visibility and sustainability of artistic practice as well as allows for collaboration and partnerships across the continent and further afield.”