2021 edition of the Access Bank ART X Prize

Applications are now open for the 2021 edition of the Access Bank ART X Prize, Nigeria’s leading award for emerging artists!

The Prize will award its winner
– A N1.8 Million Naira Grant,

– A Solo Presentation at ART X Lagos,

– A Three-Month Residency at Gasworks, London And;

– Ongoing Mentorship and Support.

The organizers remain committed to supporting emerging talent, bolstering their efforts at this pivotal stage in their careers, and ensuring the continued growth of the visual art sector in Nigeria.

Nigerian artists who reside and work in Nigeria with at least 3 years of experience working in visual arts are welcome to apply. Visit ARTXLAGOS.COM/PRIZE to get started. Share this post with an emerging artist you think should apply!

The ART X Prize was created to bolster the careers of emerging Nigerian artists who have demonstrated a commitment to working as professional visual artists. In the absence of infrastructure that exists in other international centres for contemporary art, the ART X Prize was launched in partnership with Access Bank to contribute to the burgeoning contemporary art sector in Nigeria.

In 2019 The Prize was renamed The Access Bank ART X Prize and now provides funding, tailored mentoring support, and a residency opportunity in collaboration with Gasworks, to exceptional emerging artists, enabling them to complete compelling, ambitious projects that will further their careers and challenge the expectations of local and global audiences.

The Prize has been judged each year by a jury of esteemed artists, and previous jurors include Yinka Shonibare CBE, Sokari Douglas Camp CBE, Ibrahim Mahama, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Emeka Ogboh, Zina Saro-Wiwa,  Professor Bruce Onobrakpeya and more.

The 2019 winner Etinosa Yvonne will claim a grant of N1,500,000 towards an ambitious project, a three-month residency at Gasworks, London in 2021, and a solo presentation at ART X Lagos in 2021.

Previous winners of the Prize are Bolatito Aderemi-Ibitola (2018), Habeeb Andu (2017), and Patrick Akpojotor (2016).

The Access Bank ART X Prize is sponsored by Access Bank in partnership with Gasworks.

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