British Council Supports Nigerian Creative industries
The British Council says it is offering its venues to artists and exhibitors as part of its Creative Economy Showcase Programme till 31 March 2023.
This is part of the organisation’s engagement with the arts and creative industries in Nigeria, where it supports creatives with access to British Council-owned exhibition spaces and other venues in prime locations in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Kano states.
In a statement, the British Council Nigeria’s Country Director, Lucy Pearson said; ‘this initiative by the British Council is assisting performance artists and art exhibitors, many of whom were adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant economic challenges.
“Many creative businesses, particularly those involving art forms that require live performances, are still recovering from the long-term harmful effects of the crisis.”
According to the statement, “the British Council appointed four curators to review submissions from artists and creative entrepreneurs following a widely advertised call for applications that ended in July 2022.”
The statement noted that curators for the four venues in the different states are Creative Arts and Visual Imagery Centre in Abuja, TASCK in Lagos, StartUp South in Port Harcourt and StartUp Kano in Kano.
The curators selected the best entries for venue support and work with the exhibitors to deliver their work and draw audiences to attend. All profits made through the sale of tickets or other financial rewards, including sponsorships, will go to the exhibitors.
The Head of Arts West Africa and Creative Economy Lead SSA at British Council, Brenda Fashugba; said; “the Creative Economy Showcase Programme helps resolve several challenges for creative entrepreneurs, such as offsetting the massive cost of renting a premium venue space, providing communication support through publicity for the programme, offering exhibitors access to the British Council network of art enthusiasts and stakeholders as well as affording exhibitors access to our organisational knowledge of event management, programme management and planning.”
NP/ Mercy Chukwudiebere