Nigerian Breweries and African Artists’ Foundation (AAF) are proud to announce the twelve finalists for the ninth annual National Art Competition.
The National Art Competition aims to promote the development of contemporary African art and raise awareness of social issues through the use of creative artistic expression. This year, we had an unprecedented number of strong, conceptually sophisticated entries, proposing a variety of artistic practices in response to the theme “SHIFTING BOUNDARIES”.
This theme Shifting Boundaries is an exploration of the porous, situational, and ever changing concept of the boundary through artworks that will discuss and embody what a boundary was, is, and will become in the 21st century. While we most often associate boundaries with geographical bodies and land masses, the term is applicable to many other areas as we begin to think about personal boundaries, symbolic boundaries, boundaries of time and space.
The Internet has also redefined and further democratised our ideas of what constitutes a boundary. Just as well as a boundary keeps things, people, and lands separated it also keeps these bodies together –creating unity and community in some situations and havoc and chaos in others.
This year, over a hundred entries were received from all geopolitical zones in Nigeria. After the deliberation of the artist selection committee, twelve finalists have been chosen to take part in this year’s edition of the National Art Competition. The finalists of the National Art Competition are: Oluwajumoke Ayinla, Black Fart, Funke Esekhalu, Kadara Enyeasi, Atonye Lamie, Izuchukwu Muoneme, Joseph Ibekwe Obochi, Elizabeth Ofili, Evangeline Tochukwu Ohagu, Janet Salihu and Erasmus Onyishi, Jonathan Okewu, Deborah Jonathan, Godwin Uzoji, Sadiq Ajibola Williams.
The National Art Competition places an emphasis on the processes of artistic creation rather than solely the end product, where artists develop ideas and the message of their work. This is to reflect the National Art Competition’s renewed focus on how artistic processes can be used as a tool to proffer solution to societal issues in order to create a better future, an agenda that will be rigorously pursued in the coming years with the theme “Shifting Boundaries”. To this end, finalists took part in an Artist Retreat between October 17 – October 19, 2016 at African Artists’ Foundation (3B, Isiola Oyekan close, Off Adeleke Adedoyin street, Victoria Island, Lagos), where finalists had the opportunity to exchange ideas with each other and participate in workshops by leading artists, scholars, and practitioners in their fields.
Workshop facilitator and artist mentors in the Artist Retreat include: Gerald Chukwuma, Remi Vaughan-Richards, Omoligho Udenta, Akintunde Disu, Papa Omotayo, Uche Okpa-Iroha.
After the Artist Retreat, finalists will have October and November to execute their final projects. Process photos are required throughout your production and works must be completed the Friday before the grand finale date to allow installation images to be shot. The final exhibition and judging ceremony will take place will take place on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at Freedom Park, 1, Hospital Road, Old Prison Ground, Lagos Island.
A judging panel of distinguished art professionals will deliberate to select the final three winners. The prizes to be won are as follows:
2 Million Naira
Solo Exhibition at African Artists’ Foundation
Winner: Outstanding Concept
1 Million Naira
Winner: Outstanding Production
1 Million Naira
The National Art Competition is proudly sponsored by Nigerian Breweries Plc, and coordinated by African Artists’ Foundation (AAF).