African Artists’ Foundation

Lagos, Nigeria

The African Artists’ Foundation (AAF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of African art, artists, and social development in Nigeria. Established in 2007, the Foundation supports professional artists in Africa with healthcare and a pension fund, discovers new talents, and with its scholarship program promotes the professional and artistic development of, in particular, women and emerging artists.

AAF’s events provide Nigerian and international artists with a creative platform: these include regular festivals such as the Lagos Photo Festival, whose inaugural edition took place in October 2010, and the National Art Competition, in which award winners are given the opportunity to exhibit their work in Europe. The AAF program is enhanced by temporary exhibitions, such as “Water and Purity,” an exhibition in the “Female Artists 2012” series, and “Metahistories,” Obinna Makata’s first solo exhibition. The Foundation also hosts community workshops and programs in order to heighten the awareness of art and culture in Nigerian society.


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