Discussions by top-flight artists and collectors on how to restrategise in a multi-billion naira economy as well as art business will form a major segment of a new art fair, ARYT X Lagos, which holds between November 4 and 6 at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The collectors’ series (panel of discussants), according to the fair curator Bisi Silva, would also examine why women are in the forefront of promoting creative industry, the rise of women entrepreneurs and women artists who are pushing the boundaries in the sector.
“Panel discussions featuring Africa’s biggest art collectors speaking on themes relevant to the art of collecting and the significance of art as an asset class. This session will open with a champagne brunch for 75 VIP collectors,” she said.
Founder/Director ART X Lagos Tokini Peterside assured that pupils in arts schools in Lagos would be reached to mobilise their interest in the fair.
“We expect to see hundreds of youths at the fair, especially on November 6, which is dedicated to musical show for the youth,” she said.
She continued: “I am encouraged by the interest and support we have received so far from all partners. This affirms our decision to go ahead with the 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.”
The fair, designed to widen the country’s connection to the contemporary art scene in Africa and in the world, would also feature talks, exhibitions of painting, photography, sculpture, video art, performance art mixed media graffiti and sound art by no fewer than 65 African artists, the organisers said.
It would attract no fewer than 14 Africa’s most prestigious galleries, exhibiting the best contemporary artists. They include South Africa’s William Kentridge, Zimbabwe’s Kudszanai Chiurai, Ghna’s Jeremiah Quarshie, Cameroon’s Barthelemy Togou, Mali’s Amadou Sanogo and Nigeria’s Sokari Douglas Camp, Rubi Onyiyechi Amanze, Alimi Adewale, George Osodi, Victor Ehikamenor and Lakin Ogunbanwo.
Eight galleries from Nigeria are expected to participate in the fair while six curated exhibitions of photography and illustration would feature artists, such as Malick Sidibé and Ogunbanwo.
Among the galleries are Stevenson Gallery (South Africa), Barthelemy Toguo (Cameroon), Goodman Gallery (South Africa), William Kentridge (South Africa), Misheck Masamvu (Zimbabwe), Sam Nhlengethwa (South Africa), Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze (Nigeria), Ghada Amer (Egypt), Kudzanai Chiurai (Zimbabwe), Gallery 1957 (Ghana) and Jeremiah Quarshie (Ghana).
Nnotable speakers, such as Prof El Anatsui, Prof Bruce Onabrakpeya and Mark Coetzee, Director of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, are being expected.
There would be live art, sound and performance installations at the event, featuring some of the country’s brightest emerging art stars, and a special collaboration project with the music industry, featuring musicians, such as Vector, Simi, Ikon and Poe. This is to make the fair attractive for a broader audience.