Wednesday, 24 November 2010

CCA,Lagos Artist-in-Residence Albert Potrony Talk, Sat 27th Nov 2010, 2pm

Albert Potrony, Artist in Residence at CCA,Lagos

In another pioneering initiative Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos is pleased to present a collaborative international art residency programme. In collaboration with the internationally renowned London based art organisation Gasworks, we are pleased to present artist Albert Potrony who will be based at CCA, Lagos for 5 weeks from 1sth November to 7th December 2010.

Artist-in-residence Talk, Saturday 27th November 2pm

Meet, greet and interact with Albert after his presentationand his research interest whilst in Lagos.

During his stay in Lagos his research will focus on Lagos Churches and Pastors

I would like to contact male and female pastors from a variety of churches that represent various sections of the population. I am interested in having a conversation about their journey to becoming a pastor, looking at various elements of the religious discourse/language – Their Calling, their Mandate, moments of Epiphany, what Deliverance means to them and their relationship to ‘miracles’.

The 2nd part will focus on Lagosians

In a very simple way I would like to document conversations with Lagosians asking them a few simple questions:

What Faith means to you? How Faith affects your everyday life? Have you had any moment of ‘epiphany’ or of understating something about yourself through your beliefs? What does ‘deliverance’ mean to you? Do you believe in miracles?

For examples of previous work please go to

This residency has been supported by Gasworks, London


J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere:Sartorial Moment and the Nearness of Yesterday.

Due to the unprecented interest the exhibition Sartorial Moment and the Nearness of Yesterday has been extended till end of November 2010. Focusing on a small part of Ojeikere’s archive we present works that highlight the fashion of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, in Nigerian as well as in Western Styles. Also included are his internationally acclaimed hairstyle and headtie styles.

Friday, 19 November 2010

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere:Sartorial Moments and the
Nearness of Yesterday continues...

Due to the unprecented interest the exhibition Sartorial Moment and the Nearness of Yesterday has been extended till end of November 2010. Focusing on a small part of Ojeikere’s archive we present works that highlight the fashion of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, in Nigeria as well as Western Styles of the day. Also included are his internationally acclaimed hairstyle and headtie photographs.

We welcome the opportunity to tour this exhibition.
For more information contact

9 McEwen Street, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos

Work-in-Progress re-launches at CCA,Lagos at 2pm on Saturday 20th Nov, 2010


Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos re-launches the professional development platform called Work-in-Progress on Saturday the 20th of November 2010. 2pm

WIP provides an opportunity for artists, critics, curators to present a project during the developmental process and in return receive constructive critiques from an engaged audience.Work-in-Progress provides a much needed platform to flesh out problems, elaborate on ideas, to explore varied possibilities and to get feedback from colleagues.The aim is to tackle the isolation cultural practitioners sometimes feeling in creating new work and developing their idea and moving to an advanced level in their work and experimentations.

Expected Results include:

  • presenters benefit from early feedback from their peers and colleagues.
  • Presenters can hone their ideas further, take what is useful, play around with what is not so useful and make useful what is useless.
  • Presenters can develop their communication skills and learn to articulate their ideas fully within 15mins.
  • Audience member will also develop their communication and critical skills. They must be able to convincingly substantiate/argue their points for and against a particular idea.

WIP 2 Saturday 20th November 2010 2pm - 4.30pm

Uchay Joel Chima,Visual Artist.

Uchay Joel Chima will talk about his recent residency in Amsterdam which focused on developing his skills in video art. He will also touch on one or two of the works created as a result of the residency.

Andrew Esiebo, Photographer, video artist

Andrew will be exploring new creative territories, integrating multi-media practice with the investigation of issues on football, sexuality and identity.

Abraham Oghobase, Photographer

Abraham will present We Are All Human Beings This current body of work is about previously inhabited spaces, vacated apartments in my neighbourhood in Maryland, Lagos that echo with the life they once harboured. The ghost of things that former occupants (childhood friends, a primary school teacher) left behind form a history that is hard to ignore, hence my desire to explore them.

9 McEwen Street
Sabo, Yaba

Friday, 8 October 2010

Felabration starts at CCA,Lagos on 9th Oct with autobiography Fela:This Bitch of A Life by Carlos Moore

First published in 1982, Fela: This Bitch of a Life is the authoritative text on the life and times of Africa's greatest ever musician.

In just under 350 pages, the reader is invited to the living room of Fela’s iconoclastic mind, discovering from the inside the key turning points in his life – his childhood in Abeokuta and the forceful influence of his parents, especially his mother; student life in England; his coming to black consciousness in America (and his encounters with Funk and some of the key players in African-American musical and political culture); his return to Nigeria and setting up the Shrine and Kalakuta Republic and his increasingly painful struggles with the authorities in Nigeria in the 1970s and 1980s.

Reading about Fela brings to life post-Independence African history in all its turbulence and drama. The book also includes interviews with some of Fela’s wives, allowing the reader to get an intimate perspective on Fela as a husband and as a lover.

The author, Carlos Moore, will be touring Nigeria this October:

Saturday 9th October, 4pm: Centre for Contemporary Art, 9 McEwen St, Sabo, Lagos. Click here to reserve your place. Click for map.

Sunday 10th October, 4pm: The Life House, 33 Sinari Daranijo St, off Younis Bashoroun St, off Ajose Adeogun, VI, Lagos (with live band). Click here to reserve your place. Special guests Keziah Jones and Guitar Man. Click for map.

Monday 11th October, 10am: The New Africa Shrine, NERDC Road, Agidingbi, Ikeja. Lecture "Fela: Music is the Weapon" (Symposium titled The Fela Debates - part of the annual Felabration).

Wednesday 13th October, 11am: UNILAG, 4th floor, Faculty of Arts Boardroom (in conjunction with CBAAC). Public lecture, "What is Africa to me? Fela Kuti and the reshaping of the Pan-African Dream in the post-colonial era."

Saturday 16th October, 4pm: French Cultural Centre, 52 Libreville St, Wuse, Abuja. Click here to reserve your place. Click for map.

Note that for the events on the 9th, 10th and 16th October, there is a N2,000 entrance fee (which includes a copy of the book). Fela: This Bitch of a Life will only be available to buy at these events this year.

Don't miss this year's Felabration. From the 12th - 17th October, the following artists will be playing at The Shrine: D'banj, Kwam1, Nneka, Ayetoro, Seun & Femi Kuti, Kezia Jones, Awilo Longomba.

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Friday, 1 October 2010

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere's photography exhibition opens at CCA,Lagos on 1st October 2010

The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos has, over the course of the last year (2009-2010), tailored all of its programming to interact with notions of post-coloniality and its related ambivalence. In so doing, we developed a series of projects under the thematic rubric of “On Independence and the Ambivalence of Promise.” One such project concerns exploring the intersections of art, fashion and identity, and how these relations might enable us to critically interact with the present while remaining mindful of both our past and future. Given this, we present J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere: Sartorial Moments and the Nearness of Yesterday, a vibrant, yet topical, exhibition that celebrates Nigeria’s Independence and cultural heritage from the perspective of one of the country’s most esteemed and talented artist.

CCA,Lagos is excited and honoured to work with foto ojeikere to present this select body of work by internationally renowned Nigerian photographer J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere with many of the images being published for the exhibition for the first time. Other exhibitions currently featuring Ojeikere include as part of the The Idea of Africa (re-invented) Africa project #1: J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, Lagos. Whilst the forthcoming solo exhibition of his works curated by Aura Seikkula and Bisi Silva will be shown at Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki as part of ARS 11 from April 2011.

Exhibition 1st - 14th October 2010
Monday - Friday 10-6
Saturday 12-4pm

9 McEwen Street, Sabo, Yaba,Lagos
Off Herbert Macaulay Street (before sabo junction)

Saturday, 4 September 2010

CALL FOR ARTISTS, CCA, Lagos / Triangle Artists Workshop - Nigeria

Call for Artists Applications!!!

CCA Lagos / Triangle Arts Trust Workshop - Nigeria

October 4 -17, 2010, Lagos

CCA Lagos and Triangle Arts Trust are organising the first Triangle Workshop at Stone House in Alakuko, Lagos and are inviting application from artists working in all disciplines.

The two-week workshop will bring together a group of artists working in various disciplines to share ideas, experiences and to make new work inspired by the context and the opportunity to work alongside other artists. Approximately 18 artists will participate in the workshop, half from Nigeria and the rest from other countries in Africa and further afield. During the workshop participants will also be invited to present their work to each other and to the public. The workshop will end with an Open Day, when the public will join the artists in celebrating the outcome of the two weeks.

Financial conditions
The workshop will provide the successful applicants with full lodging and food, working space, local transportation and a small material stipend. International artists will be able to apply to have their international travel covered by the workshop.

Procedure for applications and deadline
All candidates must apply using the application form and submit all the required documents listed in the form. Closing date for applications 18th September 2010

The completed application forms and required documents should be sent by e-mail to
While email communication is encouraged, if this is not possible, artists could send their material by DVD or other format to the following address:
Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos
9, McEwen Street, Sabo
Lagos, Nigeria

Please note that: Work or material sent by post cannot be returned.
Late applications cannot be reviewed. Successful candidates will be informed by 21st of September 2010
For more information or any inquiries, please contact

About the organisers:
Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA,Lagos) is an independent non-profit making visual art organisation providing a platform for the development, presentation, and discussion of contemporary visual art and culture.

The Triangle Network is an international network of artists and arts organisations that promotes exchange of ideas and innovation within the contemporary visual arts. Through artist-led workshops, residencies, exhibitions and outreach events, the network generates peer-to-peer learning, professional development for artists and the dissemination of emerging international art practices.

The workshop is funded by the British Museum, Commonwealth Foundation and the The Ford Foundation and supported by Triangle Arts Trust.

Monday, 16 August 2010

National Gallery of Zimbabwe presents Harare Conversations


In partnership with GWANZA


Harare Conversations



10:00h to 15:30h









Raphael Chikukwa

National Gallery of Zimbabwe Curator

Thomas Pasirayi

National Gallery of Zimbabwe Assistant Curator

BOOKINGS: please contact the Curatorial team TEL: 04 704666/7, E-MAILS,,