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THE OYASAF ARTIST IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAMME
Invitation for applications
OYASAF invites Nigerian and international artists to apply for its artists in-residence programme of 2017. This new annual programme, is designed for two sessions of five weeks each within the months of, (1st September to 30th November, 2017) and (1st of March to May 31st, 2018) and thereafter, during the same period each year. The programme will provide artists an opportunity to live and work in an up class and serene environment of Abeokuta, South West of Nigeria (about 100km North of Lagos), to develop their specific individual projects while experiencing and engaging with Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage. Abeokuta city is a major historical town in Nigeria. It is the state capital and the largest city in Ogun State of Nigeria’s southwest. It is situated on the east bank of the Ogun River with a most beautiful and ideal environment for artists.
Location and Work PlaceThe work place of the OYASAF artists in-residence programme is located in the country home of Prince Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon at Abeokuta. The contemporary architectural building, located atop the Abeokuta presidential hill top estate, overlooks the scenic land and cityscape of the historical city, its architecture and life-size bronze sculptural garden is purposely designed for the creative and curious mind. The residency space is ensuite with spacious living and dining rooms, and a kitchen equipped with up to date cooking facilities. The work space has good natural and artificial light.
Definition of the Programme
This programme is a new project complementing existing programmes of OYASAF with a view to working closely with artists around the globe for an educational, immersive, creative and inclusive experience.
Period of the programme
The programme is divided into two five weekly residency sessions per year, within the two separate periods of (1st of March to May 31st) and(1st September to 30th November) of each year, with each session hosting two artists at a time respectively.
Prior to every session of the OYASAF residency programme, a notice will be put out with an open call for Nigerian and international artists to apply towards engaging in new artistic projects in the range of paint media within the city of Abeokuta. For cross-cultural purposes, the programme is thus designed to host international and Nigerian artists. On the successful selection of applicants, artists will be residents in the artists’ studio at Abeokuta and will be provided a working space to experiment and research their art production projects and would be provided with logistical support for their artistic creations. The residency will culminate in a one day solo exhibition of the produced works during the residency, at the OYASAF facility in Lagos or any other location as may be decided by OYASAF from time to time. Resident artists will have the opportunity at such exhibitions, to meet Nigerian and non-Nigerian collectors, curators, gallery owners, scholars and journalists. At the end of each residency programme, artists will be expected to donate one artwork per artist to OYASAF. The artworks donated at the end of each residency will be selected at the absolute discretion of OYASAF.
For the OYASAF artist in-residence programme, artists at the beginning of each session, will be provided the following:
• Living stipends, per artist of one Hundred and fifty Thousand Naira (N150,000) per session of five weeks.
• Production allowance, per artist of One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100,000) per session per artist.However, resident artists will be responsible for supplying and providing the tools and materials for their artistic productions during their OYASAF residency programmes.
The programme is open to artists working in the paint media only. All applications must be submitted electronically and only those submitted will be accepted. Applicant artists are expected to use Adobe Acrobat to type into the PDF form fields, or otherwise, print their applications and complete them by hand and then scan. All submissions and required supporting documents should be sent online to: firstname.lastname@example.org , as either a direct email attachment, or shared via Dropbox or Google Drive. Attachments must not exceed 10MB. Selection decisions will be made by an OYASAF selection panel which decision shall be final and not justiciable.
Also please note that:
• Applications are now open for the, 1st of September to 30th November 2017, session.
• Each artist must submit works online, completed by them within the preceding last 2 years of their application.
• Only successful applicants will be informed via emails by OYASAF.
• The selection decisions about the OYASAF residency programme shall be final and shall not be open to negotiations and discussion.
• Applications are expected to reach OYASAF by latest, 60 calendar days before the beginning of each session. Only successful applicants shall be notified within 3 weeks of the deadlines for the submission of applications.
To apply for the OYASAF residency programme, please, fill in the application form attached and dispatch same to OYASAF, with your CV and a portfolio of no more than 5 works. Selection is not only based on applicants’ academic or professional background but attention will be given to the strength of each project proposal and its integration with the local scenic and cultural environment of the programme. All applications must be submitted in English.
Click here to download the application form.
One of the early beneficiaries of the OYASAF Fellowship Programme
Conversations with Lamidi Fakeye
It contains interview with the late iconic wood carver Fakeye. With a hard cover and high quality colour prints, the book features photographic images of some 48 artworks of the artist in the OmobaYemisiAdedoyinShyllon Art
Peju wrote: "GERMAN CULTURE MINISTER, CLAUDIA ROTH WITH MY BENIN 1897. COM CATALOGUE.
A few years ago, the renowned art collector Prince Yemisi Shyllon described Benin Art and the Restitution Question exhibition as my magnum opus. He opines that its freshness and timelessness led him to think so. While this view might be true when placed against the recent development of looted Benin bronzes, in my opinion, other artistic engagements built on the 2010 solo exhibition have expanded on the notion of pillage and loss, and morphed into other interventions. These include Broken Memory (2003-2005), initiated by Bernard Muller which led me on this research path. Early surveys and findings from fieldwork in Benin were presented in Paris and Zurich in 2005. Whose Centenary? 2014 at Igun Street, Benin City; Boundary Objects, Dresden, and CAM, Spain, 2015; Return, Solo exhibition (RAW residency) Rhodes University, SA, 2018, Resist The Art of Resistance, 2020-2022; and I Miss You, 2022-, both in Koln are exhibitions and co-curations I have been engaged in. Has this been a fruitful journey? I am indebted to so many people for their support. Here is the German Minister for Culture, Claudia Roth, with the catalogue of the Benin exhibition, Bayreuth, Germany."
Oyasaf/Ufuk Marble Art Workshop
The Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art foundation (OYASAF) in collaboration with the UFUK Dialogue Foundation recently, organized a three day "Art for Peace" workshop for artists with the theme; “cultural co-existence, Dialogue, harmony and peace”. The workshop was organized by the two foundations towards uniting the multiple cultural traditions of Nigeria with Turkey. The three days workshop, started from Monday 24th to Wednesday 26th of April, 2017.The workshop was facilitated by a renowned Turkish artist, Mr Tugay Yalcinof the Nile University of Nigeria. Nigeriansandother nationals were taught the techniques of painting in water colour withmarble decorative background - a unique Turkish art.
Prince Yemisi Shyllon at the workshopDuring the workshop, Nigerian artists learned from Turkish artists and interacted with each other while producing water colour paintings in marble background finish. There were also a general agreement among the participants during their interactive sessions, that African nations need to effectively collaborate among themselves towards creating a well-organized and interactive art practice and embracing indigenous cultural constructs in their creative aspirations.
Artist practicing marble artistry at the workshopIn total, about 80 artists and non-artists of Nigerian and other national extractions Participated in the workshop, which included; Clara Aden, Akintunde John, Dimpa Sunday Busaya Lawal, Mfon Ralph Obot, Monsuru Alashe,Yusuf Durodola, NoamiOladipo, OgagaTuodeinye, Sotonye Jumbo, SundayAkpedo, OluchiZom, Joel A, Yusuf SeiduOkus , and Emmanuel Ije and many others.
A cross section of some of the Participants at the workshop.Artists that participated in the workshop, were issued with Certificates of participation at the end of the program.
With contemporary African art rising to the centre of world attention, an increase in the number of art museums in Africa is to be expected-Ms.Lydia Gatundu Galavu/
I felt understandably proud as a Nigerian listening to Prince Shyllon speak about his matchless collections and now believe that Nigeria and Africa are at the cusp of deserved global prominence-Tolu Ogunlesi/ Special Ass. on New Media to President Muhammadu Buhari