October 26, 2018

Artists Challenge the Mentorship Paradigm

Three Nigerian artists are to interrogate the notion of Mentorship in visual art practice, at a seminar during the Lagos Book and Art Festival.

Taiye Idahor, Olumide Onadipe and Nengi Omuku are speaking on the topic What Mentorship Means To My Art, at an art seminar dedicated to celebrating the legendary painter, Kolade Oshinowo, at 70.

                                               Olumide-onadipe’s work

“Does Mentorship have to be a direct one on one interaction between the mentor and the mentee?”, is one of the several theses these three experimental creators are expected to challenge at the event, which comes up at 3pm on Tuesday, November 6, at the Freedom Park in Lagos.

Taiye Idahor’s Finding Ayie

All under 40 years of age, Idahor, Onadipe and Omuku are some of the more critiqued and discussed members of their generation.


“Their works are bold, defy conventions and are refreshing”, says Jahman Anikulapo, curator of the Lagos Book and Art Festival. “We imagine Mr. Oshinowo, who has been mentor to so many, sitting in the audience, watching these young artists talk about their work and their experience with the mentoring process in their own unique ways”.

          Nengi Omuku’s Tough Love_2015_oil_on_canvas_19x_13m

The session will be moderated by Nneoma Ilogu, who, as a manager at SMO Gallery, has worked with several established and upcoming artists.

Anikulapo says that “the essence of the session is to interrogate the current form and texture of Art Education in Nigeria, especially to spotlight the extant argument that Mentorship ought to be given greater focus in the training of artists, in particular in a challenged academic environment such as ours”.

                                                                                              Olumide Onadipe

After the panel debate, Oshinowo will be interviewed by Mufu Onifade, himself a painter, critic and professor of Fine art at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology in Ogbomosho.


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