West Africa’s first global art fair that celebrates creativity and excellence from across Africa and its diaspora, Art X Lagos will take place from November 4-7, 2021 and will be held in both physical and digital events to better celebrate African artistic excellence.

The fair will be held in person at the Federal Palace, Victoria Island, Lagos from November 4-7 and online from November 4-21 on ARTXLAGOS.COM and Artsy to allow the world to access the work of African artists.

Many galleries have announced their presence at this international art fair including: Gallery kó, SMO Contemporary Art, DADA Gallery, Nike art Gallery, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Galerie LouiSimone Guirandou, Fondation Nubuke, Galerie 1957, Circle Art Gallery, Afriart Gallery, Stevenson, Eclectica Contemporary, WORLDART, MAGNIN-A, Tiwani Contemporary, October Gallery, Kanbi Projects, Ed Cross Fine Art, Skoto Gallery, OOA Gallery and Sakhile&Me, from Lagos, London, Abidjan, Dakar, Paris, Nairobi, Kampala, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Amsterdam, New York, Barcelona, and Frankfurt and many more have been announced in the coming months to showcase Africa’s brightest creative talents.

Special events at ART X Lagos

In addition to showcasing what these various galleries and their artists have to offer, ART X Lagos 2021 will offer attendees a series of lectures exploring themes relevant to the state and evolution of contemporary art in Africa, as well as a platform for expression and experimentation for young creators from Africa that merges music and visual art and projects that will include an exploration of NFT art on the continent.

This year’s program will offer visitors to the fair an invitation to reflect on the contemporary challenges facing Africa, and a call to consider the continent’s future in the art world.

It will also present Future Africa, a specialized digital installation featuring emerging African artists working in cutting-edge media with the aim of presenting a rebalanced image of Africa and demystifying the continent’s contemporary aspirations, lifestyles and ways of thinking in order to tell real stories.

The Access Bank ART X competition also returns after the hiatus due to the Coronavirus.

Documentary photographer Etinosa Yvonne, winner of the 2019 Access Bank ART X Award, will begin a three-month residency at Gasworks in London to produce work for a one-off independent exhibition at the fair in November.

Applications for the 2021 Access Bank ART X Award will open in a few weeks on the ART X Lagos website.

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