Event: African Glass Futures

Event: African Glass Futures

A Talk and Rare Glass Presentation by Graeme Smith

In African Glass Futures, guests received an introductory talk through glass production, and its role in traditional societies around the world as currencies, markers of class, and glassmaking as a coveted skill. The evening uncovered RCABLK resident, Graeme Smith's expertise as a glass sculptor, ceramicist and researcher of traditional and contemporary glass-making techniques.

 

Attendees also had the unique opportunity to view and interact with a curated collection of glass pieces from Bida, Niger state, crafted by Masagá glassmakers, whose traditional practice is now an endangered Nigerian Middle-Belt glassmaking tradition. Pieces were loaned by Lesley Lababidi, Ambassador of Nupe Cultural Heritage, and exhibited alongside Graeme's sculptures and experiments inspired by African glass histories.

 

The talk drew provocations from a reading of Saidiya Hartman's Wayward Lives Beautiful Experiments, paving the way for discourse on cultural perceptions of manual labour and handwork. 

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G.A.S. Van Bookings

The Foundation has a vehicle shared between all residents available from Monday-Friday, 9am- 7pm daily. Please book any trips through the Residency Manager at least 24 hours prior.

Confirmed bookings will be listed on this calendar to help residents plan trips around existing commitments.

Please do not abuse the use of this vehicle and be mindful when making your booking to ensure there is sufficient time available for our staff to rest and recuperate between trips.

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Re-assemblages Concept Note

Re:assemblages (2024-25) is a support structure and programme initiated by G.A.S. Foundation that explores the G.A.S. Library and Picton Archive as a site of rhizomatic exchange. Through a series of activations, the programme aims to foster discursive dialogues and actions on African art publications.

In 2012, instrumental symposium Condition Report: Symposium on Building Art Institutions in Africa was held in Dakar to address the changing role of art institutions and initiatives in Africa in a decade that witnessed the emergence of a various independent art spaces. 12 years on, Re:assemblages poses new critical questions focused on the creative potential of libraries sustained by art institutions in the African continent.

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Open Call : Studio Visit at G.A.S. Lagos

Open Call : Studio Visit at G.A.S. Lagos

Hosted by Amanda Iheme

G.A.S. Fellow and current resident, Amanda Iheme, is thrilled to announce an open call for photographers to participate in her upcoming Open Studio event. This opportunity is designed for photographers at the early stages of their careers who are eager to showcase their work, and engage with a vibrant community of artists and art enthusiasts during the event. This open studio is an excellent chance to network, receive direct feedback on your work, and gain visibility within the local art scene.

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Open Call: Annotations Programme Research Associates

Open Call: Annotations Programme Research Associates

Applications Closed

Are you passionate about cultural exchange and eager to delve into the exploration of African art library collections and archival materials? Join us as a researcher under G.A.S. Foundation's 7 week Annotations Research Programme from 10th June until 26th July 2024. 

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Residency Report: Remi Kuforiji

Residency Report: Remi Kuforiji

Water No Get Enemy: Counter-cartographies of Diaspora describes the ongoing research of Remi Kuforiji, one of two inaugural residents from the Royal College of Art's Association of Black Students, Alumni & Friends (RCA BLK) at G.A.S. Foundation. Starting in 2021, the multifaceted project has taken various forms including installation, Illustration and film. The project aims to develop a model of resistance to crude oil extraction and ecocide in the Niger Delta. By learning from indigenous epistemologies archived in Nigerian masquerade, the project proposes a new masquerade: a method of cartography that critiques harmful extractive practices by bringing multiple diasporic sites into dialogue through performance.

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A Look Inside the Nigerian Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia

A Look Inside the Nigerian Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia

Today marks the unveiling of the Nigerian Pavilion at the 60th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia. It's the country’s second participation in the global event and the presentation curated by Aindrea Emelife (Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at MOWAA, the Museum of West African Art in Benin City, Nigeria) showcases works by a cross-generational group of artists including Y.S.F. and G.A.S. Founder Yinka Shonibare CBE RA alongside G.A.S. alumni Tunji Adeniyi-Jones and artists Ndidi Dike, Onyeka Igwe, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Abraham Oghobase, Precious Okoyomon, and Fatimah Tuggar. Commissioned by the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, on behalf of Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Art, Culture and the Creative Economy, the exhibition exclusively features commissioned, site-specific works, which have been installed throughout the historic Palazzo Canal in Venice’s Dorsoduro. 

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G.A.S. Welcomes Tilga Art Fund Resident, Katesi Kalange

G.A.S. Welcomes Tilga Art Fund Resident, Katesi Kalange

Jacqueline Katesi Kalange, a multidisciplinary artist based in Kampala has begun her 10-week residency at G.A.S. Lagos.  Her artistic practice encompasses visual art, traditional crafts, sculpture, performance, architecture, and research. She plans to use the period in Lagos to expand her current practice which focuses on upcycling single-use plastics and second-hand clothes to create diverse and often monumental sculptures. Community engagement is a cornerstone of her residency plans and she intends to foster collaborations with local communities through workshops and convenings. 

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Yinka Shonibare CBE's 'Suspended States' Opens at Serpentine Gallery

Yinka Shonibare CBE's 'Suspended States' Opens at Serpentine Gallery

Suspended States, the first solo exhibition of Y.S.F. and G.A.S. founder Yinka Shonibare CBE RA for over 20 years in a London public institution is now open at Serpentine Gallery. It marks a return for Shonibare who first exhibited at Serpentine South in 1992 as a finalist in the Barclays Young Artist Award, and as a participant in Serpentine's 2006 Interview Marathon. 

 

Suspended States includes both new and recent installations, sculptures, pictorial quilts and woodcut prints. The works on view explore central themes of legacies of colonial power, sites of refuge and shelter. Shonibare's new works centre on conflicts and related migration, and conversations on public sculptures and their significance in our cities. The exhibition also delves into the ecological impact of colonisation, the European legacy of imperialism and consequential attempts at peace.

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EARLY BIRD BOOKING: Y.S.F. Lagos Art Tour 2024

EARLY BIRD BOOKING: Y.S.F. Lagos Art Tour 2024

30th Oct - 3rd Nov 2024

We are delighted to open early bird bookings for the third edition of the Yinka Shonibare Foundation Lagos Art Tour to Guest Artists Space (G.A.S.) Foundation incorporating the wider creative and cultural community, and ART X Lagos. In 2024 the programme will run from 30th October until 3rd November. Guests will once again be in the company of our chair and founder Yinka Shonibare CBE RA and the trustees and staff of Guest Artists Space (G.A.S.) Foundation, Yinka Shonibare Foundation (Y.S.F.), and be joined by globally renowned artists, curators and collectors.

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Amanda Iheme's Lagos Residency Explores the Art of Architectural Storytelling

Amanda Iheme's Lagos Residency Explores the Art of Architectural Storytelling

Amanda Iheme, who emerged as one of the awardees of the G.A.S. Foundation's prestigious annual fellowship is undertaking a residency at G.A.S. Lagos, spanning from April 8 to May 31, 2024. During this residency, Amanda's ambitious agenda includes an exploration of African artists, particularly photographers, and the initiation of a comprehensive research study of vernacular and contemporary southwestern Nigerian architecture, as well as tropical modernism.

She is eager to tap into the rich resources of the library, benefiting from a conducive learning environment, and gaining access to invaluable connections within the organization. While currently engaged in ongoing projects, Amanda plans to kickstart the conceptualization process for new work during the residency. Collaborating with professionals across the building industry, she has expressed her desire to leverage their insights. Armed with her laptop, photography tools, iPad, and microphone, Amanda is well-prepared for this exciting new research.

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Glass, Beads, and Craftsmanship in Lagos: Introducing Graeme Spencer Smith

Glass, Beads, and Craftsmanship in Lagos: Introducing Graeme Spencer Smith

Graeme Spencer Smith, an artist and draftsman of Jamaican-British descent, joins the creative community at G.A.S. Lagos for a residency commencing on 01-04-2024 until 26-04-2024. Equiped with a background in ceramics and glass from the Royal College of Art, Graeme melds the worlds of architecture, crafts, and sculpture. His unique focus during this residency is to explore Nigerian glass beads, drawing inspiration from their history, patterns, colours, and the interplay of myth. The residency will see him delve into Bida-Masagá glass, not only to study but to design bespoke exhibition furniture, showcasing the essence of his research. As a craftsman who finds solace in the hands-on, Graeme hopes to create new work with locally sourced glass, in response to his experiences at G.A.S. and within the dynamic artistic community of Lagos.

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