The Arthouse Foundation is a non-profit organisation that aims to encourage the creative development of contemporary art in Nigeria. Through a residency-based program, the Arthouse Foundation provides a platform for artists to expand their practice and experiment with new art forms and ideas. By establishing a network that supports cross-cultural exchange between Nigerian and international artists, the Arthouse Foundation embraces contemporary art as an educational model to engage communities, promote social dialogue and advance the critical discourse of artistic practices.
With a residency space in the heart of Ikoyi, the Artist Residency Programme is at the heart of the Arthouse Foundation’s activities, offering live/work residencies throughout the year in three-month sessions. Each resident artist is offered a studio space, mentorship, art materials and logistical support for the creation of a new artistic project during their residency that engages the city of Lagos.
Each session, the resident artists collaborate to facilitate an art workshop based on their chosen disciplines that enages the broader community in Lagos. Whether geared for young children or their fellow artistic peers, these workshops
expand opportunities available to expand arts education. Local partners include Falomo Junior High School in Ikoyi, Lagos.
The Arthouse Foundation Residency Programme includes an intensive public initiative throughout each residency, including an artist’s talk, open studios and roundtable discussion. These programmes are facilitated by leading artists, curators, and academics in Nigeria, and are free and open to the public.
The Arthouse Foundation Residency Programme culminates in an end of the year exhibition showcasing the resident’s new artistic projects, held at the Kia Showroom in Victoria Island, Lagos.
Support for Artists
The Arthouse Foundation also supports Nigerian artists to participate in international art platforms. Recent support includes Victoria Udondian’s graduate study at Columbia University in New York, residencies for Uchay Joel Chima and Tayo Olayode at the Vermont Studio Center, and Chibuike Uzoma in Vienna, Austria.