Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Art Is Everywhere Waste-to-Art Comes to Lagos

The 11thwaste to-art workshop of Art Is Everywhere(AIE) will hold in Lagos from the 19th- 24thNovember 2012 in collaboration with the Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos.

At the workshop, 25 artists will work with recyclable wastes from the beach and the Lagos urban environment during the one week workshop which will feature Lectures and slide presentations by selected professionals.

Art is Everywhere is a waste-to-art project initiated in 2005 by Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu lecturer, Ayo Adewunmi in collaboration with Alliance Francaise, Enugu. The objects of the project include; rediscovering waste as a resource for artistic creation; thereby drawing attention to environmental issues, providing an avenue for training young artists and the less privileged in the society on how to make a living from recycling. AIE also seeksto create inter-cultural exchanges between local and foreign artists.

In 2007, the coordinators of Art Is Everywhereworkshop decided to change the mode of the workshop into a traveling workshop in order to access waste materials available at different geo-locations and to draw attention to environmental issues. So far, AIE workshop has been held in Enugu, Jos, Kaduna , Zaria and Banjul, Gambia.

The AIE Lagos workshop will be coordinated by a team of professionals renowned for their use of recyclable wastes; among them are Ayo Aina - Kaduna/Zaria based artist, Ike Francis (lecturer at University of Port Harcourt), Chike Obeagu (Lecturer at Federal University Lafia, Nasarawa), Dr Peju Layiwola (University of Lagos), Akin Onipede (University of Lagos) Okechukwu Eze (Lagos based artist).The products from the Lagos workshop will be exhibited thereafter in a gallery to be decided later.

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