CV

Photo by Anselm Skogstad, photo courtesy, El Anatsui Studio


2013 –

FOUNDER/LEADER, ORIE STUDIO - Founding Projects Director

  • Artist, creating my own artwork.
  • Art professional and researcher (curatorial) organising systemised art databases and archival systems for private, public art collections for individuals and Institutions towards richer art education in Africa.
  •  I serve as research support to world renowned artist, El Anatsui, I have assisted since 2017 and ongoing, in the Preparation of and setting up of the great major survey of the artist's work - El Anatsui: Triumphant Scale, organised by Haus der Kunst, Munich-Germany, in cooperation with Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha -currently participating in installing this exhibition, until Opening on Oct 1, 2019; Kunstmuseum Bern; and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; Curated by Okwui Enwezor, former director of Haus der Kunst, and Chika Okeke-Agulu, Professor at the department of Archaeology and Art History at the University of Princeton, Assistant Damian Lentini, Curator at Haus der Kunst.

    I assist the supporting his work, in collaboration with his galleries (in     London and in New     York); and other collaborating institutions. My     team and myself manage and look after     the artist’s artwork archives     and documentation. 


EDUCATION
MARCH 2017
KLEIN ARTISTS WORKS (KAW 20, SPRING 2017)

SEPTEMBER 2012
MA CURATORIAL PRACTICE (CURATING CONTEMPORARY ART)FALMOUTH UNIVERSITY, CORNWALL, UK
Research as Practice, Curatorial Practice, Curatorial Models,Professional Practice, developing exhibition/project proposals with focus on contemporary Art in Africa.

DECEMBER 2006
MFA SCULPTURE, UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA NSUKKA (UNN) 
Exploration and Inquiry, Sculpture Theory, Sculpture Processes, Independent professional studio practice

FEBRUARY 2002
BA (HONS. PAINTING, MAJOR) 2:1, UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA NSUKKA (UNN) 
Sculpture, Textile, Graphics, Painting, Photography, Humanities, Foreign Language (French), Archaeology, Philosophy,Theatre Arts and Computer Science, Art History, African Architecture. Painting (major, 2:1)

Areas of Expertise:
Main- Culture Production. Culture Advocacy. Project Management/Planning – learning & education projects. Administration/Management/Advisory – managing, documenting Collections/Studio. Motivating Professional Practice(s)Sub- Management, Learning advocacy, Budgeting.
CORE SKILLS: I have a personal inclination to organising and caring for things/objects and Spaces- Tenacity, Attention to detail, Critical thinking/context, Research, Writing

ACTIVITIES
SELECTED ACHIEVEMENTS
AWARDS/GRANTS
  • Recipient, Scholarship from Klein Artist Works, Chicago, USA 
  • Winner (Jury Prize), African Artists Foundation National Art Competition 
  • Recipient, Grant Award to graduating MA Art student, Falmouth University, UK
  • Winner, Commonwealth Connections 2009
  • Winner, ARESUVA, an exhibition grant award from the National Gallery of Art (Nigeria)
  • Winner, UNESCO Aschberg – A Unesco Artists’ sponsored artist residency Award for residency at LKV, Trondheim- Norway 

ARTIST RESIDENCY AWARDS
  • Biennale Jogjarkarta, Jogja, Indonesia, funded by the Biennial 2015
  • Popopstudios Centre for the Visual Arts, Nassau, Bahamas, funded by the Commonwealth Foundation 2010
  • Nkd (Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Dalsåsen), Norway, funded by Nkd 2009
  • Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder Trondheim, Norway, funded by the UN  2007
  • Aina Onabolu Studios, National Gallery of Art Lagos, Nigeria, supported by the National Gallery of Art, 2004

SOLO EXHIBITIONS/PROJECTS (selected)
  • I Am The Light, a multi-dimensional public art project (taking art to new audiences) carried out in collaboration with children and teens of the Catholic Church of Assumption, at an 'alternative space' (Divine Mercy School), Asokoro-Abuja, Nigeria.
  • I Learnt This, a multi-dimensional public art intervention, discussion, teaching and workshop series, at 4 venues (3 public locations/schools and the Jogja National Museum) in Jogjarkarta Indonesia 2015 
  • Ask   Yourself, a   multi-dimensional   public art   intervention,  involving discussions,   teaching   and workshop series, at 4 public locations (market, public offices and schools) in Abuja. It was a collaborative interactive art with the public and with other artists  in Abuja Nigeria 2014
  • Seven Days Live Art, Presentation of art pieces daily, - multiple variant locations, in Dalsasen, Dale I Sunnfjord, Norway 2009
  • Open Studio to work in Progress, Nkd Dalsasen, Dale I Sunnfjord, Norway 2009
  • Africa West, Oriel Mostyn Gallery Llandudno Wales, UK 2008
  • Europe at Financial Times, Babel Art Gallery, Trondheim. Norway 2007
  • Open Studio, Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, Norway 2007

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)
  • LineGuage: Textual Imagery/Linear Allegory; Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos 2018/2019
  • Colourful Africa, MOESHEN contemporary art gallery, Penthouse Floor, Zen Building, Life Camp, Abuja 2017
  • Nkoli Ka (Nsukka School after 5 years) - a touring exhibition-UNN, Nsukka; Abuja; Lagos 2017
  • Biennale Jogjakarta, Jogjakarta, Indonesia 2015
  • National Art Competition, An African Artists Foundation exhibition. Lagos 2014
  • 2gether Again, An exhibition of National Gallery of Art, Nigeria, Kaduna 2014
  • We Face Forward: Art from West Africa Today, a cultural Olympiad exhibition of the London 2012 Olympic, Manchester Art Gallery, UK 2012
  • I am Bahamian. I eat Conch Salad, an art experience/intervention with visual artists and fashion designers-The Hub Gallery, Nassau, The Bahamas 2010
  • RAVY (RENCONTRES D'ARTS VISUELS DE YAOUNDÉ), Festival. Yaoundé- Cameroun 2010
  • FIAC Alger 2009, The 1st International Festival of Contemporary Art of Algiers, Musée National d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Algiers 2009
  • International Art Expo Nigeria 2009 [with Joe Musa Gallery], National Museum, Lagos 2009
  • ARESUVA 2008, International Conference Centre Abuja, Nigeria 2008
  • Experimental frontiers: Society Through the Eyes of South African and Nigerian Artists, Vansa Western Cape Space, South Africa- Curated by Okechukwu Nwafor- 2008
  • Art 4: Channel Four Television Corporation, London, UK 2008
  • Guest Artists’ Open Studios, Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder Trondheim, Norway 2007
  • MFA Graduation Exhibition, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) 2007
  • Make-Op/Zombification (Performing Anthropology) Interdisciplinary Theatre Performance, practical workshop and presentation. Goethe-Institut Lagos, Nigeria 2007
  • 20th Century Art: a Story from Nigeria, an ‘Off Show’ at Dak’Art 2006, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar-Senegal 2006
  • Afrika Heritage 2004, a Pan African Circle of Artists (PACA), Exhibition, Alliance Francaise, Enugu 2004
  • Visual Orchestra, Alliance Francaise, Enugu 2004
  • Heritage, a Federal Capital Territory Council for Arts and Culture exhibition, FCT Abuja 2003
  • Women in Art Exhibition, A National Gallery of Modern Art Exhibition, National Gallery of Modern Art, Lagos 2002
  • Exhibition organized by Chinze Art Place Abuja Sheraton Hotel, Abuja 2002
  • Bachelor’s Degree Award Exhibition, Fine Arts Department, UNN 2002
  • Artytude, an association of Fine Arts Students exhibition, Art Theatre, UNN 2002
  • Women in Art exhibition, FCT Council for Arts and Culture, Abuja 2001
  • Footprints, Ana Gallery, UNN 2001

PUBLICATIONS
  • I Learnt This Film, a documentary based on the 2015 project I Learnt This [see Individual Exhibitions]. Projected to be produced by ORIE STUDIO in Nigeria, 2019
  • Ask Yourself Film, a documentary based on the 2014 project Ask Yourself [see Independent Curatorial Projects]. Projected to be published by ORIE STUDIO in Nigeria, 2019
  • Ask Yourself, a book based on the 2014 project Ask Yourself [see Independent Curatorial Projects]. Projected to be published by ORIE STUDIO in Nigeria, 2019
  • I am Bahamian. I eat Conch Salad, a book documenting the exhibition/art intervention (featuring an essay [Questioning The Canon: Art And The Museum’s Social Responsibility] by Frank Ugiomoh) Published in the UK by ORIE STUDIO, 2012

PUBLIC LECTURES, WORKSHOPS DELIVERED
  • ORIE STUDIO hand paper-making workshop, 2018, a hands-on art project of making art paper with indigenous materials, in collaboration with visiting artists from New Jersey, USA; Art Teachers Association, Nigeria (AVATIN), JSS Guduwa, Abuja; GSS Garki, Abuja 2018
  • The Power of Cultural Diplomacy: Cross cultural engagements - ‘Identities of a female African Artist’, a Society of Nigerian Artists Abuja & Embassy of USA in Nig., city wide exhibition project and panel discussion [ ‘Abuja Unlocked....Discovering Art Spaces’, Abuja 2017
  • Workshop and Discussion with women artists working in craft and with ‘sewing’ as a process, Kedai Kebun Forum (KKF), Jogjarkarta Indonesia 2015
  • WORKSHOP WITH AMARACHI OKAFOR. Thinking About Exhibitions: on art exhibitions and the curatorial  role,  A  5  day  capacity  building  training/workshop,  to curatorial Department staff, NGA, Abuja 2013
  • In Conversation (with Lucy Azubuike, Amarachi Okafor, Victorian Udondian, and Curator Gabriella Salgado), Tiwani Contemporary London 2012
  • The Artist-Curator, an artist-curator Talk presented by Amarachi  Okafor,  to  the Curatorial Dept., National Gallery of Art, Abuja 2011
  • Artist Talk, Popopstudios centre for the Visual Arts, Nassau, The Bahamas 2010
  • Art Workshop for Children, with Antonius Roberts and Amarachi Okafor, in collaboration with Aids Foundation, Nassau, The Bahamas  2010
  • Performing Anthropology Workshop - Interdisciplinary Theatre practice workshop, Goethe-Institut Lagos, Nigeria 2007
  • Artist Talk, Spike Island Studios, Bristol, UK  2007
  • Artist Talk, Weston College/Bath Spa University, W-S-M, UK 2007
  • Artist Talk, Kuumba project, St.Paul’s, Bristol, UK 2007

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE (selected)
  • Internship: October Gallery London (Gallery Assistant) 2012
  • Assistant: to the organizing team of the 2012 Penzance Convention [Voluntary] 2012
  • Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012 by Parker Harris contemporary visual art specialists (Falmouth University Submission Center), [Paid)] 2012
  • Curator at National Gallery of Art (NGA), Nigeria 2008 – 2015 [Senior Curator, 2012-2015, Curatorial Assistant, 2008-2012]