The British Council, Lagos, on the 20th of August, 2015 witnessed an influx of artists and creative practitioners. It was the launching of the UK/ Nigeria 2015-16 programme designed to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two countries and promote collaborations between Artists from the UK and Nigeria. It is a major season of arts in Nigeria aimed at building new audiences, creating new collaborations and strengthening relationships between the UK and Nigeria. This grandiose event set the mood for the season.
The Abuja British Council office at Maitama, on the 15th of September also played host to arts entrepreneurs, enthusiasts and creative alongside government and other private sector guests at the official launch of the UK/Nigeria 2015-16. The first project in the programme is tagged “Go Woman Go!, it spans September 2015—April 2016 and will take place in Abuja.
Louisa Waddingham, Director Programmes, British Council Nigeria, in her speech, acknowledged the presence of Laura Aldridge, the British artist, popularly known for her works across art forms such as photography, screen print, ceramics, fabrics and cement, to Nigeria for the Go Woman Go! project. “Her work over the years has been incredible and we look forward to the exchange of knowledge and perspectives between her and participants in the Nigerian arts industry. It is my hope that each of the projects in this season creates new collaborations and strengthens the relationships between Nigeria and the UK.”
The Abuja Season launch also featured a make-space facilitated by the Nike Arts Centre Abuja even as DJ Lambo, popular female DJ, treated the guests to some delightful music.
Programmed in association with a host of partners, it features more than 30 projects and more than 80 events in art, fashion, design, theatre, dance, music, literature and film throughout Nigeria and includes showcases of Nigerian arts and creative industries in the UK.
UK/Nigeria 2015–16 has a focus on creating access to art, new digital work, innovation, art in public spaces and working with young people.
Partnerships between Nigerian and British artists, institutions and organisations will be at the heart of the season which aims to develop skills and capacity across the creative industries.
The programme will run until April 2016 creating new connections in arts, education, innovation, trade and investment.
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