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National Symposium on Contemporary Nigerian Art

This is another programme designed among others, to bring artists and art scholars together to present and discuss papers on various aspects of Nigerian Visual Art. Such written materials are collated, type written and published for reading at various levels of art schools in Nigeria.

In addition to the two programmes mentioned above the Department of Research & Education embarks on other programmes as may be directed by the Director – General.

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Annual Distinguished Lecture

The Annual Distinguished lecture is one of the National Gallery of Art yearly programme designed among others, to educate the general public on the various aspects of Nigerian Culture, also to build up source materials on the same for use. The NGA has successfully packaged nine editions of it delivered by accomplished professors and other eminent scholars which have provided quite interesting materials for reading.

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Children Art Workshop

SATURDAY ART CLUB

The Saturday Art Club in Abuja is one year old, introduced by the National Gallery of Art in June, 2006. The club meets fortnightly. So far a total number of 50 schools and 300 children have participated in the “Catch them Young” children Art Educational programme.
Speaking at one of the meetings recently, the Director –General of National Gallery of Art, Mr. Joe Musa commended the progress so far made in implementing the programme. He however urged art teachers to continue to improve on the content and method of teaching in order to give the best to the pupils. The Director-General pledged the continued support of the gallery to this and other skill acquisition programme of the Gallery.

In addition to the Saturday Art Club, the Gallery plans to introduce other educational programmes such as the Long Holiday Art Programme, Housewife, Batik Workshop, Film week, etc.

The focus of the Saturday Art Club includes

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Encouraging participants to engage in useful activities during their leisure hours by channeling their surplus energies into meaningful pursuits instead of indulging in anti social and unapproved behaviours.

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Creating opportunities for participants to engage in programmes tailored to release their creative abilities.

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 Encourage children to develop skills capable of equipping them for the future as useful citizens of our society.

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 Complement lessons taught in schools and provide opportunity for creative activities for gifted children.

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 Provide unique opportunity to bring together children of different background and schools for exchange of ideas in fine art and general knowledge.

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Cultivate in the future leaders a permanent link with the gallery.
For now, the Gallery provides participants with drawing and other materials for each meeting. Refreshments are also provided. The club is presently meeting in the Gallery premises but hopes to have a permanent venue in the near future.

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Artist In Residence Programme

Artist in Residence Programme

NATIONAL STUDIOS OF ART CONCEPT

To be established alongside the galleries across the country, is a National Studios of Art of international standard to be fully equipped to complement the activities of the galleries. This is aimed at providing temporary accommodation within a specific time frame for young visual artists without studios to work and use the gallery’s facilities free of charge. In other words, it is aimed at serving the ever-growing needs of contemporary Nigerian visual artists.

Facilities for research in the Studios include a research library and full documentation center. Programmes in the Studios are designed and organized by the studios management in various arms of the visual art. The residency programmes in the Studios are designed for three months, six months or one year, depending on the theme chosen. The management advertises the programmes in art centres, art schools and other related organizations within and outside the country and the conditions for the programmes are clearly stated in the advertisement. Applications are duly scrutinized and successful applicants are invited to participate.

The artists accepted for the programme are accommodated within the premises of the Studios for effective management and supervision. The artists so engaged are referred to as “Artists-in-Residence” or “Studio-attaches”. In addition to providing accommodation, the management also provides art materials for them to use free of charge. They are also given monthly stipends for their personal needs during the period.

One of the conditions stated in the Studios agreement form is that the management of the Studios will retain some artworks produced by the artists during the period of the programme for the augmentation of the collection of the National Gallery of Art. The number of artworks to be retained is normally agreed upon before the commencement of the programme; the artists keep their other works after selection.

All the artworks produced by the artists during the period are exhibited to mark the end of the programme. It is the responsibility of the management to give the exhibition wide publicity. The management also takes a certain percentage from the money realized from the sale of artworks from the exhibitions. At the end of every programme, the Artists-In-Residence move out, giving way to new beneficiaries. The Artists-In-Residence benefit in two ways from the programme. Firstly, if the programme involves more than one artist at a time, the artists benefit from each other’s experiences; secondly, the artists make money from the sale of their works produced during the programme.

Apprentices, serving NYSC artists and art students on Industrial attachment to the Studios assist fully in the programmes and as a result acquire more skills, new ideas and techniques as well as mastering the use of various types of materials experimented with by the master-artists.

The first phase of the National Studios of Art under the aegis of the National Gallery of Art was officially commissioned in Lagos, Nigeria, in 1999 and the building is named after late Mr. Aina Onabolu as a posthumous honour to a personality generally regarded as the ‘Father of Modern Nigerian Visual Art’. The Studios located at the National Theatre Annex, Iganmu, have all the modern facilities required for modern visual art practice. It comprises an exhibition hall for the exhibition of artists’ works (not only those of artists-in-residence), a research library, studios for all visual arts media (Sculpture, Painting, Ceramics, Graphics/Prints etc), Board and Conference rooms, offices and an open air space for social functions.

Artists who exhibit in the exhibition hall are charged minimal fee in addition to a low percentage for sale of their works during the exhibition while the National Gallery of Art provides publicity and refreshments during the opening of the exhibition. Artists wishing to exhibit at the Studios must meet a certain standard of acceptability as artworks are assessed by a jury of specialists. Thus, artworks to be accepted for exhibition must be creative in essence, inspiring in philosophy and aesthetically appealing.

The Studios equally provide for children’s art workshops. Like adults, children express themselves through art hence the need to encourage them to develop their talents. To this end, art materials are provided free of charge for them to use. Qualified staff of the National Gallery of Art and serving National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) members, assisted by students on industrial attachment guide the children in their programme. Also situated in the same complex is a storey building which houses the Guest rooms for the artists-in-residence, offices and conference halls, a library and documentation center.

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