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West Africa’s leading art fair set to hold from 2nd to 4th November 2018, 18 Galleries to display over 50 renowned Pan-African Contemporary Artists.

Monday, August 27, 2018: ART X Lagos, West Africa’s premier international art fair will hold from 2nd to 4th November 2018 at The Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos. ART X Lagos is one of the most important art fairs on the continent, showcasing the best and most innovative contemporary art from the African continent and Diaspora, with the intention of widening Nigeria’s connection to the international contemporary art scene.

The inaugural edition of ART X Lagos in 2016 welcomed 5,000 visitors to The Civic Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos, and last year’s edition saw the figures double to close to 10,000. Over the past two years the fair has welcomed representatives of international institutions such as the Tate Modern, Zeitz MOCAA, and the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian, while hosting some of the country’s most prominent dignitaries including His Highness the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

Joy Labinjo’s work

The 2018 edition of ART X Lagos will feature a selection of Africa’s leading established and emerging artists, speakers and performers. Further detailed information will be announced in September 2018.

Exhibiting Galleries:

18 leading African galleries will participate at the fair and include: Addis Fine Art (Ethiopia), Afriart Gallery (Uganda), Arthouse – The Space (Nigeria), Artyrama (Nigeria), Bloom Art (Nigeria), Circle Art Agency (Kenya), Gallery 1957 (Ghana), Nike Art Gallery (Nigeria), Nubuke Foundation (Ghana), Out of Africa Gallery (Spain), Retro Africa (Nigeria), Signature Beyond (Nigeria), SMAC Gallery (South Africa), SMO Contemporary (Nigeria), Stevenson (South Africa), TAFETA (UK), Thought Pyramid (Nigeria) and Tiwani Contemporary (UK).

ART X Talks:

The highly sought-after talks program will return to ART X Lagos, with key stakeholders in Africa’s art economy discussing important themes pertinent to the state and evolution of contemporary art in Africa. ART X Talks, curated by Missla Libsekal, will hold on Saturday November 3rd and Sunday November 4th 2018. The program will include a special talk by a keynote artist who will be announced in September – previous speakers have included the world-renowned artists, El Anatsui and Njideka Akunyili-Crosby.

The Interactive Projects:

The fair will also feature a series of diverse and exciting art installations curated by A Whitespace Creative Agency, that visitors will be encouraged to participate in, making the fair an entertaining day-out for all attendees.

ART X Live!

The dynamic live art and sound performance, ART X Live! returns for another year on Saturday, November 3rd 2018, ready to surprise and thrill guests.