BY ADA DIKE
Lagos State, the former Capital of Nigeria and the economic hub of Africa was last Sunday painted with different colours and themes of art exhibition, hosted by queens of arts in Africa. Call it rainbow exhibition, you are not wrong!
Tagged: ‘Design is the personality of an idea’, the exhibition was presented under the Female Artists’ Platform.
The exhibition was organised by African Artists’ Foundation (AAF) and supported by The Ford Foundation.
Newswatch Times gathered that Female Artists Development Project was launched in 2010 as an annual initiative for the promotion of a more gender equal creative industry.
The organisers, African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), said each year artists are chosen to work on a project relating to a theme and they are provided with production stipends to complete their works, along with final exhibition, mentorship programmes for young girls and public discussion expand the dialogue to a larger community.
According to The Female Artists Platform, the aim was to draw attention of female artists and designers living and working in Africa, in order to unearth and develop new talents, introduce new art forms, and highlight the diversity of women who are exploring ways to express themselves through visual art.
“Female Artists Development Project also hopes to challenge these artists to take bold steps in their creative concepts and processes, they may have the freedom to create and exhibit works that are communicative, provocative and relevant. It seeks to shed light on the role of the artists in Africa society, to create awareness around female creative expression, and address her underrepresentation in the Nigerian contemporary art community. Currently in its third year, African Artists’ Foundation remains confident that the Female Artists’ Platform will continue to spur the development of artistic expression as a tool for empowerment and social development in Nigeria and Africa,” the organisers added.
African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion and development of contemporary African art. Established in 2007 in Lagos, Nigeria, AAF aims to encourage the highest standard of art in African. It serves a significant role in art and academic communities through organizing art exhibitions, festivals, competitions, residences and workshop with the aim of unearthing and developing talents, creating societal awareness and providing platform to express creativity.
By providing assistance to professionals and emerging artists in Africa with support to international exhibitions and community outreach programmes, AAF also views the contribution to a strong cultural landscape in Africa as a transformative element in driving social change. In addition to the programmes mentioned above, AAF also organises two flagship projects annually, the LagosPhoto Festival and the National Art Competition.