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18 galleries, 50 Pan-African artists for Art X Lagos

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The 2018 edition of ART X Lagos will feature a selection of Africa’s leading and emerging artists, speakers and performers. Also, 18 leading galleries in Africa will participate at the Fair, the galleries include: Addis Fine Art (Ethiopia), Afriart Gallery (Uganda), Arthouse – The Space (Nigeria), Artyrama (Nigeria), Bloom Art (Nigeria), Circle Art Agency (Kenya), Gallery 1957 (Ghana), Nike Art Gallery (Nigeria), Nubuke Foundation (Ghana), Out of Africa Gallery (Spain), Retro Africa (Nigeria), Signature Beyond (Nigeria), SMAC Gallery (South Africa), SMO Contemporary (Nigeria), Stevenson (South Africa), TAFETA (UK), Thought Pyramid (Nigeria) and Tiwani Contemporary (UK), the organizers stated.

Arguably, West Africa’s premier international art fair, and indeed one of the most important art fairs on the continent, this year’s edition of ART X Lagos will hold from 2nd to 4th November at The Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos. It showcases the best and most innovative contemporary art from the African continent and Diaspora, with the intention of widening Nigeria’s connection to the international contemporary art scene.

The inaugural edition of ART X Lagos in 2016 welcomed 5,000 visitors to The Civic Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos, and last year’s edition saw the figures double to close to 10,000. Over the past two years the fair has welcomed representatives of international institutions such as the Tate Modern, Zeitz MOCAA, and the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian, while hosting some of the country’s most prominent dignitaries including His Highness the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

ART X Talks, the highly sought-after talks program will return to ART X Lagos, with key stakeholders in Africa’s art economy discussing important themes pertinent to the state and evolution of contemporary art in Africa. Curated by Missla Libsekal, ART X Talks will hold on Saturday November 3rd and Sunday November 4th 2018. The program will include a special talk by a keynote artist who will be announced in September.

 

According to the organizers, the Interactive Projects, at the fair will also feature a series of diverse and exciting art installations curated by A Whitespace Creative Agency, that visitors will be encouraged to participate in, making the fair an entertaining day-out for all attendees.

Launched in 2016, ART X Lagos is West Africa’s foremost international art fair, designed to showcase the best and most innovative contemporary art from the African continent and to widen Nigeria’s connection to the art scene across Africa and internationally.

 

Since its debut, ART X Lagos has welcomed over 15,000 visitors to see the works of Africa’s leading artists. The art fair has since become a cornerstone of the Lagos art calendar, drawing local patrons and a host of international collectors, curators, and critics annually. Through its contribution to the increased visibility of African artists, ART X Lagos aims to reinforce the visual arts as an important component of the creative industry in Nigeria and Africa, thus positioning Lagos as an emergent cultural capital on the continent.”

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