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Wanted: Artists to live and work in Lagos, Nigeria

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Wanted: Artists to live and work in Lagos, Nigeria

LAGOS (Reuters) – A British-born artist raised in Nigeria has announced plans for a program for painters, sculptors and other creatives to live and work together in West Africa's commercial capital Lagos.

Yinka Shonibare – a Turner Prize nominee whose giant work & # 39; Nelson & # 39; s Ship in a Bottle & # 39; She was on a pedestal at Trafalgar Square in London – she said she wanted artists from around the world to apply for first place in the housing scheme, which is due to start in 2021.

"The journey has always been of Africans heading west, and I think we need to reverse that," Shonibare said on Saturday at the launch of his Guest Foundation, Artist, Space, which will run the project and help fund African participants.

"It is important that African cultures are properly understood in the context of Africa and that people really come here to learn," the London artist told Reuters.

According to the scheme, four groups of three performers spend three months a year at locations in Lagos and on a 30-acre farm in the city of Ijebu, 100 km (62 miles) away. The works began at the sites, Shonibare said.

The launch coincided with Art X, an annual art fair held in Lagos that attracts artists from all over Africa.

Experts say there has been a growing interest in contemporary African works.

“Prices have risen by 70 to 100% since auctions began 10 years ago. And on top of the market is even stronger than that, ”said Giles Peppiatt, director of contemporary African art at London Bonhams auction house.

The $ 1.6 million auction price set last year for Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu's 1974 “Tutu” painting would be unthinkable five years ago, he added.

Written by Alexis Akwagyiram; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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