Tiwani Contemporary, Lagos is a new art gallery planned to open in Victoria Island in Lagos, the West-African cultural capital of Nigeria in February 2022. Its programme will span an ambitious year-round series of changing exhibitions by gallery artists and other associate artists – continuing to prioritise artists from the African continent and its diaspora. Beyond its own roster, the gallery will also mount major exhibitions across all media of modern and contemporary artists from around the globe – presenting never-before-seen shows in situ for local audiences.
Tiwani Contemporary, Lagos will comprise a white cube exhibition space measuring over 2000 sq ft purpose-built for expansive presentations and commissions by artists. The gallery also plans to develop a sculpture garden. The new space will partner with local and other West African institutions and cultural organizations to develop projects and opportunities for exhibiting artists alongside public programming and educational activities to support and activate exhibitions including screenings, talks and workshops.
The gallery’s expansion to Lagos, its second space outside of London, UK - marks a major milestone in Tiwani Contemporary’s history as it celebrates its 10th anniversary this month onwards.
Maria Varnava, Founder and Director, Tiwani Contemporary says:
“I am deeply honoured to be opening a new space in Lagos – my first home, the city where I was raised, and still have strong ties to and where I first fell in love with art many years ago. Following crucial dialogues with and encouragement from mentors, old friends of the gallery and our artists, I am excited to finally make happen a dream I had ten years ago when Tiwani Contemporary first opened in London.
Given the gallery’s focus, it was vital to demonstrate our commitment to the African continent and to allow our artists the opportunity to work, engage and exhibit in this region. Beyond our roster, as we plan to mount exhibitions by internationally known artists in the new space, we hope to provide wider in-person access to art to local audiences who would have only been able to view the work of such artists abroad in galleries and museums or in books or online.
With Tiwani Contemporary, Lagos, we hope to participate in the already-sophisticated arts ecosystem being developed by our peers in Lagos and locally in the rest of West Africa. As such, we hope we can contribute to helping to expand the story, significance and possibility of art.”
About Tiwani Contemporary
Founded in London in 2011 by Maria Varnava, Tiwani Contemporary exhibits and represents international contemporary artists, focussing on Africa and its diaspora.
Since its establishment, the gallery continues to showcase new and established talent – mounting landmark and critically-acclaimed exhibitions in a series of firsts.
In late 2021, the gallery celebrates its 10th anniversary. In February 2022, the gallery opens a new gallery space, its second, in Lagos, Nigeria, West Africa.
Represented and Associate Artists
MEQUITTA AHUJA | VIRGINIA CHIHOTA | THEO ESHETU | ANDREW ESIEBO | MARY EVANS | ANDREW PIERRE HART | ALICIA HENRY | DÉLIO JASSE | JOY LABINJO | GARETH NYANDORO | THIERRY OUSSOU | DAWIT L. PETROS | UMAR RASHID (FROHAWK TWO FEATHERS) | LEO ROBINSON | PAMELA PHATSIMO SUNSTRUM | ROBEL TEMESGEN | CHARMAINE WATKISS | MICHAELA YEARWOOD-DAN
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