Influences on contemporary Nigerian visual artists

‘Influences on contemporary Nigerian visual artists’ will be the topic of an Art Talk hosted by the African Arts Institute (AFAI) at 6 Spin Street, Cape Town, on Tuesday 20 September at 6.30pm.

This is the second in a series of Art Talks on issues relating to contemporary visual arts from the continent of Africa, presented as part of AFAI’s Learn Africa Love Africa event programme. It will be presented by Kathy Coates, writer, researcher and arts educator at the Iziko South African National Gallery. Ms Coates is also a former lecturer at the Michaelis School of Fine Art.

Ms Coates participated in a fellowship programme at the Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation (OYASAF) in Lagos earlier this year. Her research covered traditional Nigerian art forms, rituals, masquerades, costumes and performance practices and how these influence the work of selected contemporary artists. For this purpose Coates engaged with Nigerian artists, art work, collectors, curators, academics and galleries in and around Lagos.

OYASAF is a non-profit organisation established in 2007 to promote the appreciation and study of Nigerian arts and artists, both in Nigeria and internationally. Through scholarships the organisation has hosted eights scholars from the US, Europe and South Africa in the last two years.

The hour-long Art Talk will start at 6.30pm in the lecture room of the Cape Town Centre for Democracy at 6 Spin Street, next to the offices of the Visual Arts Network of South Africa. The talk will be preceded by a Spier Creative Block wine tasting from 6pm.

Tickets are R30 and booking is essential due to the venue’s limited capacity.  To book, email or phone 021-465 9027.

Other Art Talks in the Learn Africa Love Africa series will include: Richard Mudariki, a Zimbabwean artist living and working in Cape Town, with a presentation titled The visual Arts in Zimbabwe: Creators, Context and Contents on 18 October; author, journalist and former editor of Art South Africa, Sean O’ Toole, with an overview of his African experience at the 2011 Venice Biennale on 15 November; and Mario Pissarra, Managing Director of Africa South Art Initiative ( with Decolonisation as a theme in the work of contemporary African artists, on 6 December.

For up to date information on all events as part of Learn Africa, Love Africa, visit and Facebook.

Learn Africa, Love Africa is supported by Spier and the M-Net African Film Library.


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