RCA BLK and Yinka Shonibare Foundation Partner to Support Artist Residencies

RCA BLK and Yinka Shonibare Foundation Partner to Support Artist Residencies

RCA BLK and Yinka Shonibare Foundation (UK) today announce their partnership on a new artist residency programme in Lagos, Nigeria. Together, the organisations will host two residencies in spring 2024, in collaboration with Guest Artists Space Foundation (G.A.S) in Nigeria; one for an exceptional early/mid-career artist who is an RCA BLK member; and one for a research-based proposal from the wider RCA BLK community.

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Event Recap: Lagos Biennial Trip 2024

Event Recap: Lagos Biennial Trip 2024

The Yinka Shonibare Foundation, Guest Artists Space Foundation, and British Council collaborated to create a cultural nexus by hosting a group of visual art curators in Lagos during the 4th edition of the Lagos Biennial. Joined by G.A.S. friends, Biennial VIPs and our patrons, the group participated in an immersive programme that took place between the 2nd and 7th of February and included participation in the official program of the Lagos Biennial alongside in-depth tours of local institutions, artist studios, collections and galleries.

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RCA BLK Residencies

RCA BLK Residencies

RCA BLK  aims to promote, improve and advance education by encouraging and supporting the practice of contemporary visual artists who identify as Black within the RCA’s wider community. They do so by fostering relationships with pre-enrolled students, current students as well as alumni. RCA BLK makes its impact on students' experience from the African diaspora and builds upon the rich legacies of the RCA student body. 

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Rafael Kouto: Exploring West African Upcycling and Decolonization in Fashion

Rafael Kouto: Exploring West African Upcycling and Decolonization in Fashion

We are thrilled to announce that Rafael Kouto began an exciting new residency at G.A.S. Foundation, supported by the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia. A multidisciplinary creator with a focus on fashion, design, research, and materiality, Rafael brings a wealth of experience and a unique perspective to our community. His diverse itinerary will take place across various locations, including G.A.S. Lagos, and G.A.S. Farm House in Ikise, after which he will go on to Ibadan. During this period, Rafael aims to explore local methodologies to circular fashion, specifically exploring how artists and designers engage with contemporary West African material culture, decolonization in fashion, and traditional crafts and rituals linked to the Yoruba community.

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Residency Redux: Raymond Pinto Returns to G.A.S. Foundation for the Lagos Biennial

Residency Redux: Raymond Pinto Returns to G.A.S. Foundation for the Lagos Biennial

Sequel to their initial research residency to G.A.S. Lagos in the spring of 2023, we are thrilled to welcome US-based multidisciplinary artist, Raymond Pinto, to Nigeria on their second residency, a testament to the profound impact of their initial trip. Returning in January 2024, Raymond is gearing up for the Lagos Biennial, meticulously preparing performances that promise to captivate and resonate. 

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Pro Helvetia Residencies

Pro Helvetia Residencies

The Swiss Arts Council promotes contemporary art and culture for national interest on behalf of the federal government. Its tasks, outlined in the Culture Promotion Act, are carried out independently. Active across disciplines except film, the council advocates for transdisciplinary artistic practices. It supports the creation and dissemination of Swiss art, fosters cultural exchange, provides stimuli for contemporary artistic development, and champions equal opportunity and sustainability in creating favorable conditions for artists and cultural practitioners.

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Event: Bridging Wildlife Conservation and Creative Expression

Event: Bridging Wildlife Conservation and Creative Expression

To mark their return to G.A.S. Lagos, Raymond Pinto will be hosting Bridging Wildlife Conservation and Creative Expression, a panel discussion with the Green Fingers Foundation. Guided by their ethnographic and anthropological fascination with Yoruba material culture, Raymond forged a connection with wildlife conservation while researching the Yoruba tradition of Gelede, where masks held paramount significance. Notably, they gained access to several masks, including the Yale University Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Gelede mask featuring pangolin figurines—the most trafficked mammal today. This exploration led Raymond to collaborate with the Green Fingers Foundation wildlife conservation NGO in Lagos, situated in Lekki. In this initiative, Raymond seeks to raise awareness about this crucial species integral to Nigeria's ecosystem.

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From Research Residency to Pavilion Design: Nolan Oswald Dennis Takes Lagos Biennial

From Research Residency to Pavilion Design: Nolan Oswald Dennis Takes Lagos Biennial

Nolan Oswald Dennis, a versatile artist working across disciplines, is making a highly anticipated comeback to G.A.S. Lagos, following their initial research residency in January 2023. Supported by the Goodman Gallery, their first foray into Nigeria explored Nigerian post-colonial art education and the landscape of Nigerian modernism. Engaging in a whirlwind of activities, including interstate trips, site visits, interviews, and cultural research, Dennis conducted reconnaissance on locations slated for the upcoming edition of the Lagos Biennial.

Returning for a residency spanning from January 25th to February 7th, 2024, Nolan is now immersing themselves in preparations for the Lagos Biennial. This incubator period serves as a crucial phase for fine-tuning the details of the pavilion they are designing, which will hold artworks by former G.A.S. Residents, Evan Ifekoya, and Raymond Pinto. Beyond Lagos, Nolan expresses a keen interest in connecting with Ibadan and the New Culture Studio. Their research agenda extends to exploring the Nsukka school, the Mbari Artists and Writers Club, and other movements that defined Nigeria's modernist era.

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Event Recap: Artistic Empowerment Through Blockchain Technology (NFTs)

Event Recap: Artistic Empowerment Through Blockchain Technology (NFTs)

A talk and interactive demonstration of Blockchain Technology.

On Friday, January 26th, 2024, G.A.S. Lagos hosted an evening dedicated to the fusion of art and blockchain technology. Initiated by our Economists in Residence, Victor Svensson and Eric Oetterli, it brought together a panel of contributors, including specialized artists, and practitioners, working with blockchain from the Nigerian space. Together, the panel explored the opportunities within their ecosystem that can be leveraged in artistic practices.

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Independent Residencies at G.A.S.

Independent Residencies at G.A.S.

This segment spotlights individuals at G.A.S. whose  have independently taken the initiative to procure funding for a Nigerian residency experience. With varying motivations like a desire to connect with the African continent, or a specific curiousity about the residency program at G.A.S., our independent residency program has attracted individuals from the Nigerian and wider African diaspora. 

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G.A.S. Welcomes the Second Cohort of Yinka Shonibare Thesis Scholarship Recipients

G.A.S. Welcomes the Second Cohort of Yinka Shonibare Thesis Scholarship Recipients

Stockholm School of Economics is kicking off our 2024 calendar year at G.A.S. Foundation with a dual residency for two bachelor's thesis students. Victor Svensson and Eric Oetterli, SSE students of Retail Management, are in residence at G.A.S. this January, conducting research on cryptocurrency adoption in Nigeria. They are recipients of the Yinka Shonibare Thesis Scholarship, launched in cooperation with Art Initiative and Misum, Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets. The scholarship gives SSE students the opportunity to do a field study on-site in Nigeria. This is the sophomore edition of the scholarship residencies, with the first pair of recipients being Alexei Moore and Miranda Hagborg, who were in residence at G.A.S. in May 2023.

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Open House Lagos Hosts the '7 Speakers 7 Minutes' Design Talk at G.A.S. Lagos

Open House Lagos Hosts the '7 Speakers 7 Minutes' Design Talk at G.A.S. Lagos

In our final event for the year 2023, G.A.S. Lagos was pleased to host 7 Speakers 7 Minutes, a dynamic lecture series exploring new directions in Nigerian design. Initiated by Chuka Ihonor of 9h Design Talk, in partnership with Open House Lagos, seven acclaimed figures from architecture, product design, art, and art history each took the stage for a lightning-fast, seven-minute talk. 

 

The evening opened up with Lani Adeoye of Studio Lani, who shared highlights from her design portfolio, highlighting how indigenous design staples have played a central role in her processes, followed up by Stefanie Adisa who shared visionary urban landscapes, highlighting silhouettes and materiality across designs. Charlotte Langhorst's lecture came from the intimate perspective of the end-user of a dynamic piece of architecture. Each speaker, in their own distinct voice, showcased a facet of the city's vibrant design DNA: a fusion of tradition and innovation, a deep connection to community, and a bold spirit pushing boundaries.

 

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