International Art Fair Abuja brings together NGA, SNA | The Guardian Nigeria News


For those interested in art collecting, the first edition of the International Art Fair, Abuja is a great platform to do so.

Held on March 17, 2022 at the Amphi Theater Space, Cyprian Ekwensi Center for Arts and Culture, Zone 10, Abuja, it will showcase selected artworks from private galleries and foreign embassies in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The show will remain open to the public until March 23, 2022.

The fair offers visitors the opportunity to purchase works of art, as well as the chance to meet artists, socialize with the artistic community, and have a good time.

The high profile event is a collaboration between the National Gallery of Art (NGA) and the Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA).
Hot on the heels of the first Enugu Art Fair organized by NGA, in collaboration with the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu, the International Art Fair is the culmination of a series of fairs initiated by NGA to display works of art from different parts of the country for the public to see, appreciate and ultimately purchase.

Art Fair Lagos (December 7, 2021 to January 30, 2022), for example, featured the drawings and prints of master artists; Art Fair Jos (January 27 to February 3, 2022), a collaboration with the University of Jos, featured artwork by students and faculty from the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, while Art Fair Enugu (February 17-24, 2022) in collaboration with the Institute of Management & Technology (IMT), Enugu exhibited the artworks of four generations of art school graduates.

From the art of virtual thought to the expression and careful curation of the natural world, the fair also offers a wide range of topics and trends to explore, reconnect and reflect on.

The fair will provide expert insight into innovative curatorial concepts in contemporary art through its critically acclaimed curatorial spaces.

Also provide space for debate and discussion and a wide collection of workshops to ignite the creative spark in every art lover.

The Guardian understands that the fair hopes to provide a unique opportunity to discover and champion the best in art. It was also gathered that the fair is an opportunity to cultivate the art of collecting at all levels, from prints and editions starting in the hundreds, to major works by internationally renowned artists.

The Abuja Fair will also adopt an increasingly international and contemporary outlook, with galleries from around the world expanding its reach.

The Fair’s wide range of galleries showcase a diverse array of art, from emerging talents to established art world favourites; alongside an inspiring program of curated talks, panel discussions and ideas from artists.

Galleries are expected to showcase outstanding works of art that best portray their essence and status in the Nigerian art space. They include: Nike Art Gallery, The Matrix Galleria, Orisun Art Centre, Creative Art & Visual Imagery Center (CAVIC), Office of Kreativity Gallery, House 33 and Female Artists Association of Nigeria (FEAAN) among others.

For the Director General of the National Gallery of Art, Mr. Ebeten William Ivara, the NGA is ready to work with all stakeholders to move the sector forward.

During the Enugu fair, he reiterated the gallery’s interest in creating an environment conducive to the development of the sector. He disclosed that the gallery has since completed the harmonization of the NGA Establishment Act for Repeal and Re-enactment Act in collaboration with the Society of Nigerian Artists.

“Our next step is the National Assembly. I urge you all to join the NGA’s quest to become a revenue-generating agency by urging Members of the National Assembly to give the bill an expedited hearing to pass.

“The benefits when this happens are immense. They include, but are not limited to: engaging visual artists in urban and rural areas productively almost year-round to produce works of art; explosion of studio practice; increased practice of visual arts, entrepreneurship and mentorship; releasing the much needed fund to reposition visual art as a viable discipline for young people and visual art will now contribute greatly to Nigeria’s GDP,” said Ivara.

The host of the fair is the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, while his FCT counterpart, Mallam Mohammed Musa Bello, will be the special guest of honour. The Sakaruyi of Karu, HRH Emmanuel Kapwi, is the royal father for the day with the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism, Senator Rochas Okorocha, as the chairman of the occasion.

Others are: Speaker of House of Representatives on Culture and Tourism, Hon. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama (co-chair); Managing Director, NGA, Chief Ebeten Willam Ivara (Host); The President of the SNA, Muhammad Sulaiman, the ambassadors, the directors general of the parastatal organizations under the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, the directors of the ministry, the gallery owners, the artists and the public. There will be a scintillating performance by the FCT Cultural Troupe to spice up the event.


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