|Prof El Anatsui|
After sponsoring four winners of Life In My City Art Festival (LIMCAF), last year, Prof El Anatsui has increased beneficiary artists to six for the 2018 edition.
The Anatsui awards for LIMCAF 2018 Grand Finale Exhibition will be sponsored to the Dak’Art Biennale, Senegal next year. The top four winners of last year’s (2017) edition of LIMCAF enjoyed the sponsorship, spending two weeks all expenses paid at the Dakar Senegal event.
Meanwhile, the organising committee of the festival has announced that the exhibitions have begun in the various cities with Auchi/Benin Zone, which held at the Auchi Polytechnich, Auchi last week. It was followed by the Uyo Calabar and the Enugu Zones held at the Alliance Francaise Premises in Enugu. It was declared open by Prof Bartho Okolo, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
After the seven zone exhibitions, "100 Best Youth Works will be selected for the week long Grand Finale, Gala and Award Night taking place in Engu on Saturday October 27, 2018. According to a statement by the Art Director of the LIMCAF, Dr Ayo Adewunmi, there were altogether just under 400 entries from around the country. He stated that both the Board, Organising Committee and the many VIPs who attended the Enugu event were greatly excited by the remarkable increase in the quality of entries which continued to be evident year on year.
Few weeks ago, a jury chaired by Prof Frank Ugiomoh was announced. Held yearly, the current edition of LIMCAF, which has Twilight as its theme, traditionally, include zonal selections from across Nigeria.
With Chike Obeagu as the curator for 2018 edition, other members of the jury, according to a statement by the Organising Committee,
include Ayo Aina, Blaide Gundu Gbaden, Ngozi Omeje-Ezema, Odun Orimolade, Fide Udenta and Nicolas Michelland.
Dr Ayo Adewunmi, Art Director at LIMCAF, explained that "in view of the growing profile of the Festival and the continued impressive interest by young artists from all over Nigeria, the Committee has gone to great lengths, as always, to appoint a jury made up of highly respected academics and reputable studio practitioners".
Ugiomoh is Professor of Art History and Theory at the Department of Fine Art and Design, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. His research and publications focus on historiography and methods in African art history as well as on criticism of modern Nigerian art. He is widely published in Nigeria and abroad. In 2010 he was curator of 'Niger Delta Phototales' in Port Harcourt Nigeria.
He was a research scholar at the Rock Art Research Institute, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, SA in 2006. He is the editor of TOJA: Journal of African art and Managing Editor, ASUU Journal of Humanities. He is on the consulting board of Critical Interventions: Journal of Contemporary African Art and Visual Culture and NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art.