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Wednesday, 09 September 2015 16:16 Yinka Olatunbosun News
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No fewer than 60 young artists from six states in the Niger-Delta have graduated from a two-week “Art of the Delta’’ workshop designed to improve their skills while creating opportunities for self-employment. 

The training is the outcome of a partnership between Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) operated Joint Venture and the Bruce Onobrakpeya Foundation (BOF). It was attended by talented artists from Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Imo and Rivers states.

“I thank SPDC for this partnership which has taken another set of youths out of the unemployment market,” said the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe, at the graduation ceremony at Agbarha-Otor, Delta State. The art-loving monarch added: “Continuing this initiative in the years to come will also go a long way to protect the cultural heritage of the people of Niger Delta.”

In same same vein, the Ovie of Agbarha-Otor Kingdom, Richard Oghenevwogaga Ebelle, also commended the partnership and urged the artists to justify the confidence reposed in them.

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Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00 AVI News
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The National Gallery of Art (NGA) Benin City is at it again! As part of activities to commemorate this year’s Igue festival, the NGA Benin is organizing a second annual art exhibition aimed to add verve to the royal festival.  This year’s theme is entitled “ECHOES OF EDO LAND”.

In a press release by the NGA, the opening ceremony will take place on the 12th of December, 2012 at the Oba Akenzua ii Cultural Center, Airport Road, Benin City by 10:00am. Gate fee is FREE!

The statement said: “The ‘IGUE’ festival is an annual festival in Edo Kingdom to mark the end of year and the beginning of another. Being a national event that attracts foreign visitors, tourists and Edo in Diaspora, we are keying into it through this exhibition as Art is the representation of yesterday, today and tomorrow of the people.”

 
Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00 AVI News
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Museum professionals in Europe with holdings of Benin art collections and the National Commission for Museums and Monuments of Nigeria, a scholar on copyright law and representative of the court of Benin, met in Benin, Nigeria on the 19thand 20thof February 2013, in continuation of the previous meetings held in Vienna, Austria and Berlin, Germany and proposed that a Memorandum of Understanding be made between the collaborating institutions on the following issues:

Developing a data bank by the collaborating institutions on Benin art collections in their holdings in form of a digital archive of electronic and hard copies. This data will be submitted and made available to the general public.

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Tuesday, 03 September 2013 00:00 AVI News
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The curative director of Thought Pyramid Art Gallery, Abuja, Mr. Jeff Ajueshi, told newsmen recently that a serene environment for creative contemplations, artistic experimentations, knowledge sharing and cultural opportunities, “Artists’ Colony  newly opened in Ogharefe, Delta State, would help many talented Nigerian contemporary artists to up their games via art residencies, workshops, traveling exhibitions, cultural and creative tourism, etc.

Artists’ Colony had already recorded its first set of residents - an audacious group of contemporary artists of Nigerian origin, some of whom are based abroad. The place promises to be home for many national and international art residencies and cultural exchanges as well as artistic collaborations.

Among the early birds at the Artists’ Colony was Erikan Ekefrey, based in Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory Coast. A graduate of the Federal College of Education, Akoka, Lagos State, Erikan, who works mainly in oil on canvas and acrylic on canvas, told pressmen that he came to the Artists’ Colony with a view to making himself and his works known and appreciated also in Nigeria, his home country. The young emerging art master, who is being promoted to the arts community in Abidjan by his German manager, Stefan Meisel, simply says, poetically, “I find joy in what I do and it makes me express myself in front of my canvas and it finally impress to the people with lots of colours spreading all around”.

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Thursday, 01 November 2012 00:00 AVI News
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On the 23rd of November, 2012, at WHITE SPACE, 58 Raymond Njoku Street, Off Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos State, the first ever Cartoon Africa international biennial festival and exhibition will open for the global public,with the central theme: “UNITED STATES OF AFRICA: Matters Arising”.

The novel cartoon art event which is collaboratively put together by the African Press Cartoon Syndication Services, FICDATA and the BFIKBK is a multi-purpose, all-inclusive development education platform to drive innovation, productivity and sustainable development in the African continent, while promoting cultural diversity and African cartooning culture in a global context.

A press release by the organisers reads: ““Art is a universal lingua franca and the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words is not far-fetched: One image can communicate more than dozens of pages of text or hours of speeches. One image can change the course of history. Editorial cartoons draw attention to important political, economic, and social issues like nothing else. Using symbols or visual metaphors, their reach transcends country borders and language barriers’.

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