The excitement is getting stronger as Art X Lagos opens in less than ten days. Finally, Lagos is hosting an international art fair that will position it as a destination for seeing and buying art amongst other art destinations springing up in Africa in recent times.

This first edition of Art X Lagos opening on 4th November 2016 with a VIP preview will showcase fourteen of Africa’s most prestigious galleries and independent studio from six countries, who are exhibiting some of the continent’s finest contemporary artists practicing in diverse media. The selected artists come from Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Cameroon, Mali, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Egpyt. They include William Kentridge, Kudzanai Chiurai, Jeremiah Quarshie, Barthelemy Togou,  Amadou Sanogo, Sokari Douglas Camp, rubi onyiyechi amanze, Alimi Adewale, George Osodi, Victor Ehikhamenor and Lakin Ogunbanwo.

Scheduled to hold at The Civic Centre in Victoria Island for 3 days, the art fair organizers, headed by renowned curator Olabisi Silva, Artistic Director for Art X Lagos and Tokini Peterside, Founder/Director, Art X Lagos, present a dynamic and varied program of exhibitions, specially curated independent shows, and live art performances. 

On Friday 4th November, there will be a press preview, a VIP opening preview, and a VIP after party event. On 5th and 6th November, the art fair continues with a Collectors’ Series event, different art talk programs scheduled for the afternoons and then evenings of live performances tagged Art X Live. The performances are interesting collaborations between musical artistes and visual artists. They will perform in “Intersections” – a live art and sound installation – with prolific lyricists, vocalists, and producers. Sunday evening features Ikon, Vector, Poe, Simi and Falana on stage along with Yadichinma, Stacey Ravvero, Tunde Alara and Dricky.

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Art by Kudzanai Chiurai (Zimbabwe), represented by Goodman Gallery

The Collectors’ Series is a panel discussion forum set to engage about 100 VIP art collectors on subjects such as the art of collecting and the significance of art as an asset. In a similar pattern, the talks program will engage stakeholders in Africa’s art market to discuss important issues pertinent to the evolution of contemporary art in Africa, such as women visibility in the arts, creative entrepreneurship, art collecting in Africa and so on. One of the talk panels on art collecting is in collaboration with Art Forum Africa, an art discourse initiative launched in 2015 by The Sole Adventurer and Wanawana.

Another highlight at the fair is the specially curated project of six different exhibitions featuring Malick Sidibé, Lakin Ogunbanwo, Maki Oh, Uche Okpa Iroha, Video Art Network (VAN Lagos), Ngozi Omeji, and Fati Abubakar.

At the Vip opening, a winner for the ArtXPrize competition will be announced from amongst the four finalists who are Dipo Doherty, Nkem Uche, Patrick Akpojotor and Ima Mfon.

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Art by Jeremiah Quarshie (Ghana), represented by Gallery 1957

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Art by Gerald Chukwuma (Nigeria), represented by SMO Contemporaries

Below we have the complete list of exhibiting galleries and artists, see the full schedule for the art fair here.

International Galleries / Artists

Stevenson Gallery (South Africa)

  • Barthelemy Toguo (Cameroon)

Goodman Gallery (South Africa)

  • William Kentridge (South Africa)
  • Misheck Masamvu (Zimbabwe)
  • Sam Nhlengethwa (South Africa)
  • ruby onyinyechi amanze (Nigeria)
  • Ghada Amer (Egypt)
  • Kudzanai Chiurai (Zimbabwe)

Gallery 1957 (Ghana)

  • Jeremiah Quarshie (Ghana)

Galerie Medina (Mali)

  • Mohamed Diagabaté (Mali)
  • Amadou Sanogo (Mali)
  • Abdou Ouloguem (Mali)

ANO Accra (Ghana)

  • Bright Ackwerh (Ghana)
  • Latifah Idriss (Ghana)
  • Marigold Akufo-Addo (Ghana)
  • Owusu Ankomah (Ghana)

Nigerian Galleries / Artists / Art Centres  

SMO Contemporary by Sandra Obiago (Nigeria)

  • Gerald Chukwuma
  • Obiora Anidi
  • Taiye Idahor

Arthouse – The Space (Nigeria)

  • Eva Obodo
  • George Osodi
  • Sokari Douglas Camp
  • Nnenna Okore
  • Ola-Dele Kuku

BLOOM Art by Ugoma Adegoke (Nigeria)

  • Marcia Kure
  • Rom Isichei
  • Uchay Joel Chima
  • Lemi Ghariokwu
  • Babajide Olatunji
  • Kainebi Osahenye
  • Olu Ajayi
  • Chinwe Uwatse

IICD Abuja (Nigeria)

  • Odugwu Fidelis
  • Nsikak Essien
  • Tyna Adebowale
  • Ben Ibebe

Art Clip Africa (Nigeria)

  • Machiavela Noltsnme
  • Uche James Iroha
  • Tayo Quaye

Quintessence (Nigeria)

  • Roland Ruogiamien
  • Amadou Imorou Sanda (Benin Republic)
  • Alimi Adewale

Independent Studios

  • Victor Ehikhamenor Studio (Nigeria)
  • Ade Adekola Studio (Nigeria)
  • Obiageli Annabel Okigbo Studio (Nigeria)

The Independent Exhibition Projects 

  • Malick Sidibé – Tribute to Malick Sidibé from the National Museum, Mali
  • Lakin Ogunbanwo & Maki Oh – “Ehn!” A photography exhibition
  • Uche Okpa Iroha – The Plantation Boys (a photo story around The Godfather); grand prize winning entry at the 10th Bamako Biennale in Mali
  • Video Art Network – Special installation around video artists
  • Ngozi Omeji – A ceramic installation
  • Fati Abubakar – Photography installation on Borno 

Admission to ART X Lagos is free. Visitors are required to register ahead to get their tickets and passes. Click here to reserve a ticket.

Top featured image: Marcia Kure (Nigeria),  Ethnograghica III. Artist represented by Bloom  Art.