Over 100 Artists and a Thousand Art Works on Display

The +234Art Fair, an international art exhibition commenced today in Lagos. The 10-day exhibition which is holding at Ecobank Pan African Centre (EPAC), Victoria Island, Lagos will run till March 31, 2024. The art fair curated by Soto Gallery, in partnership with Ecobank and Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), has over 200 artists with thousands of art works already on display at the venue.

Managing Director/Regional Executive, Ecobank Nigeria, Bolaji Lawal, said: “Specifically, we have invited emerging and ‘un-galleried’ Nigerian Artists to participate in this international art exhibition, as they stand to gain wide reaching exposure that would enhance their works.” “Un-galleried artists” typically refer to artists who don’t have representation or exhibition opportunities through traditional art galleries. These artists usually face challenges in gaining exposure and selling their creative works. The creative industry is an essential driver of economic growth, well-being, and global connectivity. We will continue to invest in the potentials of our young people for a brighter future for Nigeria as a country”.

Speaking on the details of the exhibition, Founder Soto Gallery and Curator +234 Art Fair, Mrs. Tola Akerele, said, “+234Art Fair is a 10-day exhibition starting on Friday 22nd March through the 31st, at the Ecobank Pan African Centre (EPAC) 2,000 sqm exhibition centre. It is expected to attract Nigerians from all walks of life, Africans and non-African residents in Nigeria, top government officials, policy makers, and members of the diplomatic corps and art enthusiasts across the globe.

“The fair is dedicated to nurturing and uplifting the burgeoning art industry in Nigeria by providing a platform to support emerging artists and encourage increased interest in art acquisition, thereby contributing to the growth and prosperity of the local art sector and its international recognition. This maiden edition takes the thematic direction of ‘A New Heritage’ and is designed to serve as a melting pot of artistic creativity from different strata of the society.”