About the grant
The grant amount of 100,000 naira (each) will be awarded to 5 artists based on the quality of their work and commitment to their practice. On the completion and subsequent display of the proposed projects, the selected artists will be required to acknowledge and tag their projects as supported by the Tilga Fund for the Arts/Rele Arts Foundation.
Requirements for application for the grant:
About Tilga Fund for the Arts - Founded by Wally Bakare in honor of his father Tola Bakare who introduced him to the arts as a child, the fund is created to support and foster criticality, broaden artistic practice and engage new and exciting modes of art-making among contemporary Nigerian artists. The grant is open to works in all areas of the visual arts.
About Rele Arts Foundation - The Rele Arts Foundation is a non-profit initiative that aims to engage and drive both the practice and reception of contemporary art in Nigeria while exploring the role of art as a tool for social change and positive impact.
With the implementation of several art-driven initiatives like The Young Contemporaries, Art Summit and the Nigeria in Venice project, the Foundation has been instrumental in driving critical discourse, fostering interdisciplinary exchange between art and technology as well as providing opportunities for experimental and collaborative artistic projects. The Rele Arts Foundation is also focused on situating contemporary Nigerian art practices in a broader, international context.
Grant Judging Panel
Mr Wally Bakare - Art Collector and Tilga Fund for the Arts
Ms Aziza Balogun -Rele Arts Foundation
Mr Victor Ehikhamenor - Contemporary Artist
Tilga Fund for the Arts is proud to support The Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art (YSMA) Nigerian History Through Fifteen Artworks initiative with a grant to produce the first edition of prints of the selected artworks.
The Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art of Pan-Atlantic University is an educational museum at the service of the university and the whole community. They believe that artworks, besides allowing viewers to experience multiple forms of beauty, meaning and skill, can also be an excellent educational resource to help persons of all ages engage, discover and learn about the history and culture of Nigeria. With this aim of teaching history through art, YSMA has designed a full-day program for senior secondary school students: “Nigerian History Through Fifteen Artworks”.
Using as a starting point fifteen artworks from the extensive art collection at the museum, the students will be able to learn about significant historical events and periods that have shaped the cultural and social heritage of Nigeria as we know it. Young learners will relive history in a different environment from the classroom and discover how art can capture moments of life in time.
The program involves a tour of the museum, with focus on the fifteen artworks, along with a video session. This will be followed by a discussion session between the students and the educator/artist.
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