“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,” said Silva, who is the artistic director for the new fair.
|Silva and Peterside photo courtesy RandB PR|
She said further that staging the event can develop an art ecosystem that contributes to the visibility and sustainability of artistic practice as well as allows for collaboration and partnerships across the continent and further afield.
“During Art X Lagos visitors will be presented with a dynamic programme of curated projects, live events, as well as a vibrant talks programme. Our goal is for Art X Lagos to deliver an exceptional, uniquely designed experience spread across all three floors of the Civic Centre,” Silva explained.
Art X Lagos, founded by Tokini Peterside, who runs TP-Collective, is a three-day art fair scheduled to take place from Friday, November 4 to Sunday, November 6 at the Civic Centre in Lagos.
A statement released by Lagos-based R and B PR said the art fair has been created to consolidate the role of the visual arts as an important component of the creative industry and contribute to the increased visibility of contemporary artists from Africa. It is also to create a vibrant art market and position Lagos as an emergent cultural capital on the continent.
It will feature a selected group of invited art galleries from Nigeria, across Africa and the Diaspora, showcasing the most innovative contemporary art by over 45 established and emerging artists. 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. Included in the overall programme will be interactive projects and presentations that entertain a broader audience, including live areas for performance artists, illustrators and graffiti artists.
Peterside, who said she is encouraged by the interest and support they have received so far from all quarters, explained that this affirms the 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. We are very happy to be working with the acclaimed international curator, Bisi Silva, who is working closely with the galleries as well as developing a dynamic programme of exhibitions, commissions and talks,” Peterside stated.