Workshops

Performance Workshop Exchange between Nordic Countries and West Africa

19 -24 January 2015

CCA, Lagos is pleased to have hosted an one week Performance Workshop Exchange involving artists from Nigeria, Finland, Norway, Cameroon, Ghana, Sweden. The dynamic engagements and discussion will result in a final presentation on Saturday involving performances, screenings, conversations, presentations and question and answer sessions.

Bernard Akoi-Jackson will be doing a performance from Yaba Market to CCA, Lagos from 1pm. Please join us.

ARTISTS : Bernard Akoi-Jackson, Taiwo Aiyedogbon, Christian Etongo, Henna-Riikka Halonen, Sandra Mujinga, Petter Pettersson, Odun  Orimolade and Tori Wranes.

PRODUCER : Petter Pettersson, Lilith Performance Studio, Malmo, Stockholm
CURATORS :  Marianne Hultman,Oslo Kunstforening, Oslo,  Bisi Silva, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos

RECEPTION

Date: 24 January 2015
Venue: CCA, Lagos
Time: 5pm.

ABOUT THE PROJECT
During 2015 Lilith Performance Studio in Malmö will carry out a large-scale collaborative project between the Nordic countries and West African focusing on performance. The aim of this collaborative project is to create conditions for a broader public representation of artistic cultures and traditions that have not received sufficient attention in Sweden/Scandinavia. Basically, it’s about creating conditions for freedom of expression for all citizens in the Nordic region as well as in West Africa. We believe that all partners have as much to learn from each other, it is the only prerequisite for a productive and creative exchange.

Because performance is still considered an independent art form, and because it has no historical “baggage” in West Africa, it makes it a useful tool for conversations about contemporary art, its place in society and freedom of expression.

 

 

Painting the Cliche

21st July – 2nd of August 2014

As part of CCA, Lagos’ objectives to support the professional development of artists locally and internationally, CCA, Lagos announces its second collaboration with the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts. This year Nigeria based artist and painter Kelanie Abass takes part in one of their renowned short courses held by a faculty of experienced artists and curators from around the world. Kelanie Abass will participate in a two week course themed ‘Painting the Cliché.

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Kelanie Abass at the Summer Academy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The course outline indicates and questions, “Painting is a strange activity. What is it for? Why is it still interesting? Why does it continue when its original representational function has been usurped by so many technological innovations? Why does it continue to occupy such a culturally privileged space, functioning as the primary art signifier for so many? What is the status of this hand-made object in our society: luxury good or the last bastion of self-expression?” This course will be lead by artist Ellen Harvey.

Kelani Abass (1979) studied at the Yaba College of Art and Technology, graduating in painting with distinction. Since then he has had three solo exhibitions, Paradigm Shift (2009), Man and Machine (2011) and Asiko (2013). He has taken part in several group exhibitions in Nigeria and abroad. Kelani has won several awards and prizes including 1st prize in painting of the Caterina De Medici/3rd Black Heritage Prize (2010). He has taken part in several residencies and workshops and is a member of the Society of Nigerian Artists.

A big thank you to the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Art and its director Hildegund Amanshauser for their support.
The Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts was founded in 1953 by Oskar Kokoschka as the “School of Vision”, in Hohensalzburg Fortress. Every year some 300 participants from more than 40 countries attend some 20 courses offered in three locations. With well-known artists from all over the world offering courses and workshops that focus on painting, drawing, graphic arts, (stone) sculpture, installation, mixed media, video, photography, performance and curatorial practice.

 ‘Simsimsalaboom!

12th – 31st of August 2013

CCA, Lagos is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts inviting a Nigerian artist to take part in their renowned short courses held by a faculty of experienced artists and curators from around the world.

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Taiye Idahor at the Alte Hallein studio,one of the two locations of the International Summer Academy. Photo:Courtesy the Artist.

Artist Taiye Idahor will participate in a three week course ‘Simsimsalaboom! Before you learn to fly, learn how to fall’ from the 12th – 31st of August 2013. As the course outline indicates, “In this experimental course, the character of sculpture is explored through everyday objects and the potential that lies in them when their meaning is altered by placing them in a different context. How can one combine existing materials into collages, assemblages, sculptures or installations so as to create new contextual relationships?” This course will be lead by artist Christoph Draeger.

Artists Taiye Idahor remarks that “…the potential that lies within everyday objects interests me, Lagos is a vibrant city and it is also reflected in the waste that is produced everyday, and the use of these objects have unconsciously become the path of my work. I am interested in finding or creating more possibilities for the many lost objects that I am surrounded by in my city Lagos, hence I really look forward to the possibilities the class has to present and experience other ways to approach an ‘object’”.

The collaboration came through CCA, Lagos director’s invitation to take part in a roundtable discussion on ‘The Post-Studio’ in 2012 but also the opportunity to become a student once again in the first ten day curatorial short course led by Maria Lind and Juan A. Gaitán at the Academy. Silva says “I had several conversations with the Summer Academy’s director Hildegund Amanshauser who wanted to extend the opportunities to West Africa as they had already received artists from South Africa. As part of CCA, Lagos’ objectives to support the professional development of artists locally and internationally this was an appropriate platform with which to partner. Salzburg is an incredibly beautiful city, and the diversity of courses, lectures and participants is amazing. This will prove to be an illuminating experience for anybody and we hope to explore the opportunity further in the coming next year or so.”

Hildegund Amanshauser, Director of the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Art says, “I am very happy about this collaboration with the CCA in Lagos and with Bisi Silva, who is an excellent expert of contemporary art as well as of art from West Africa. This gives us the opportunity to work together with West African artists on a very high level. Collaborations like this make it possible for the Summer Academy to really become international.”

Taiye Idahor studied art the Yaba college of technology Lagos specialising in sculpture. She has taken part in a number of group exhibitions nationally and internationally including Marker Exhibition, Art Dubai 2013, and Ravy International Art Festival, Yaounde, 2012. She lives and works in Lagos.

The Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts was founded in 1953 by Oskar Kokoschka as the “School of Vision”, in Hohensalzburg Fortress. Every year some 300 participants from more than 40 countries attend some 20 courses offered in three locations. With well-known artists from all over the world offering courses and workshops that focus on painting, drawing, graphic arts, (stone) sculpture, installation, mixed media, video, photography, performance and curatorial practice. The organisational structure of the Summer Academy makes it possible to react at short notice to current developments in the art world and to exert some influence on the latest trends.

NOTE:

CCA, Lagos will be closed from 19th August to 1st September 2013. (Open by Appointment only during these dates.)

Explorations in Contemporary Drawing

February 21 – 23 2013

Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts [Brooklyn, NY] have collaborated to present Explorations in Contemporary Drawing, a three day intensive, exploring new directions in the ever changing medium of drawing. This series will challenge existing notions of what it means to draw, and promote innovative dialogue and artistic exchange centered around drawing as a finished medium.

Facilitator: Ruby Amanze, Artist and Fulbright Scholar 2012/13 at University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Guest Artists and Speakers include Olu Amoda, Temitayo Ogunbiyi, Nnenna Okore, Odun Orimolade, Bisi Silva and Ruby Amanze.

Applications Still Open. Hurry Now spaces limited.

Please see attached pdf document for workshop content.

The talks are open to all and are free.
More information contact rubyamanze@gmail.com or Uche Okorie on office.ccalagos@gmail.com

Global Crit Clinic: Artist Professional Development Workshop


June 2-11, 2011

Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos is pleased to welcome professional artists and lecturers from the United States over a two week period to share and exchange skills and knowledge with artists in all media – painting, photography, new media, fashion, textile – based in Nigeria.

This collaboration with CCA Lagos is the inaugural program for a series of critique clinics initiated by Parsons The New School for Design. The clinics will serve international communities where emerging fine artists have limited access to rigorous idea-based dialogue. The program is based on the Fine Arts pedagogical studio visit, which is typically a one-on-one conversation between an advanced professional in the field and an emerging artist. Differing from the curatorial studio visit, whose aim is to select work for exhibition, the objective of a teaching studio visit is to offer advice specifically germane to each artist’s practice and trajectory, based on an understanding of a range of their work. This intensive program offers emerging artists a concentrated experience of what the Fine Art MFA provides–both a sharp view of their developing bodies of work and the tools and facilities to translate that work and the supporting ideas into language with which they can leverage a wide range of opportunities across the international professional community from grants to residencies to graduate programs.

This 2-week programme, hosted by Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, brings together experienced faculty from institutions in the US. Alongside several days of individual studio visits and portfolio reviews, the program will also present workshops focused on skills and interest areas that artists share in common, such as:

  • Artists Presentation
  • Portfolio Review – one to one
  • Portfolio Development
  • Professional Development Guidance
  • Writing for Artists
  • 
Grant and Residency Application Writing
  • Using Social Networking Tools
CCA,Lagos gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Parsons The New School for Design, Syracuse University, LINC and George Washington University.

Facilitators
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  • Kianga Ford, 

Assistant Professor of New Genres/Director of BFA FIne Arts (Parsons, The New School for Design). 

Areas of Specialization: Sound, Installation, Performance, Site-Specific/Architectural Works


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  • Shane Aslan Selzer
, Adjunct Professor of Sculpture, 
Parsons The New School for Design
. Areas of Specialization: Sculpture, Installation, Large-Scale Fabrication shaneaslanselzer.com

Public Programmes under Global Crit Clinic:
Artist Talk: The Marriage of Material and Idea
Panelists: Kianga Ford, (sound/performance), Shane Aslan Selzer,(sculpture) Richardson Ovbiebo, (Sculpture)

11 June 2011

On Saturday 11th June, the facilitators Kianga Ford and Shane Aslan Selzer will make an extended presentation of their individual artistic practice followed by an interactive panel discussion in which they will be joined by artist Richardson Ovbiebo.

How do we effectively use materials to convey our ideas within art making practices? What knowledge is inherent to a specific material and what knowledge is imbedded through cultural, geographical and personal relationships over time? The panel will explore these questions while paying close attention to examples of a repositioning of traditional crafts (such as dance, weaving, and pottery) into contemporary forms.

Global Crit Clinic

CCA, Lagos / Triangle Artists Workshop – Nigeria

October 4-17 2010

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.

About Triangle Network:
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. www.trianglearts.org



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

Open Day
Date: October 17 2010
Time: 2PM
Venue: Stone House, Ajegunle Bus Stop, Alakuko, Lagos

Participating artists:

EVA JUNG  (South Korea) ACHILLE KOMGUEM (Cameroon) MTHABISI PHILLI  (Zimbabwe) PABLO RASGADO  (Mexico) HENRI SAGNA (Senegal) KARO AKPOKIERE (Nigeria) STEPHEN UBAKA (Nigeria) NGOZI OMEJE   (Nigeria) VICTORIA UDONDIAN  (Nigeria) PEJU LAYIWOLA (Nigeria) ADENIYI ODELEYE (Nigeria) KELANI ABASS (Nigeria) RASHEED OLANIYI (Nigeria/ Ghana) AKWELE GLORY (Ghana)
FACILITATORS ANAWANA HOBOL (Zambia/ Norway) ROMEO GONGORA (Canada/ Colombia)
WORKSHOP COORDINATORS JUDE ANOGWIH (Nigeria), TAIYE IDAHOR (Nigeria)

SUPPORTED BY THE BRITISH MUSEUM, FORD FOUNDATION AND THE COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

CCA,Lagos presents 2nd Video Art Workshop: LINHA IMAGINARIA

12 – 24 January 2009

Following on from the very successful one week video art workshop in 2008, CCA,Lagos is pleased to present the second part of its Video Art Workshop programme LINHA IMAGINARIA (Imaginary Line), developed in collaboration with Angolan Artist Miguel Petchkovsky.

The two week workshop will be led by three international artists working in the area of Video Art; Miguel Petchkovsky (Angola),Goddy Leye (Cameroon), Eustaquio Neves (Brazil).

The workshop aims to:

  • Provide artists with a good grasp of the concepts of Video Art within contemporary artistic practice
  • Provide the technical ability to incorporate and create works of Video Art
  • To create project based on experimentation of the video image on the classic forms of art like painting, sculpture, music and theatre
  • To introduce new elements like performance. Installation, photography and sound projects
Workshop content includes:

  • Screening of artists videos from around the world
  • Talks and presentations by the workshop artist
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Introduction to different video art approaches
  • Development of participants own ideas, storyboard, visual concept etc
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Implementation of ideas and editing of individual works
  • Screening of Video Art works to a public audience
  • Receipt of DVD of the workshop, a CD of individual work/s

Dates: Monday 12th – Saturday 24th January 2009, 9am- 6pm
Venue: Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, 9 McEwen Street, Sabo, Yaba, lagos
Workshop Level: All Levels
Target Audience: Artists. Experience and/or interest in the visual arts preferable. Emphasis is on talent, motivation and a keen interest in experimenting in new forms of artistic production.
Fee: N10,000 non-refundable.

For more information call Oyinda on 07055680104 or email oyinda@ccalagos.org
The workshop has been funded by the Mondriaan Foundation.

One Minute Video Art Workshop takes place at CCA,Lagos

27 October – 1 November 2008


The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos is pleased to present its first video art workshop programme for 2008/9. Following in the steps of its successful first workshop in Enugu in 2007, The One Minute Foundation will lead the training.

In 2008/9 the focus will be on video art presented through a three-part programme. We will work with experienced African and International video artists to lead the workshops and to talk about their work and present that of other artists. The workshop programme will take place over a 9-month period.

Introduction to Video Art: This will consist of a one-week collaboration with the One Minute Video Team based in the Netherlands who have successfully introduced the basics of video art to artists in over 12 African countries in the past 2 years.

Professional Video Art Workshop and Seminar: This is a 2-week intensive video workshop programme which will build practical video making skills and also focus on the aesthetic and contextual dimension of video art. The programme LINHAIMAGINÁRIA, (Imaginary Line) has been developed in collaboration with Amsterdam based Angolan artist Miguel Petchkovsky.

Video Art Exhibition. The exhibition presentation will be complemented by publication catalogue that documents the first 3- part video programme in Nigeria. It will constitute an important document that contextualises the development of video art as an embryonic but growing artistic medium not only in Nigeria but also in Africa.

Dates: Monday 27th October – Saturday 1st November (6 days) 9am – 6pm
Venue: Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, 9 McEwen Street, Off Queens Street, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos
Workshop Level: Beginners
Target Audience: Artists. Experience and/or interest in the visual arts preferable. Emphasis is on talent, motivation and a keen interest in experimenting in new forms of artistic production.
Fee: N2,500 non-refundable (first come first serve basis only). Spaces are limited.

For more information call Oyinda on 07055680104 or email Oyinda@ccalagos.org
Application closes Friday 24th of October 2008

The One Minutes Foundation is a non profit organisation stimulating the making and showing of audio-visual works that last exactly one minute. It is initiated by the Sandberg Institute, the postgraduate programme of the Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam.www.sandberg.nl.

Coming Jan 2009! 2nd Intensive 2week Video Art Workshop.

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