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Peju Layiwola heads LIMCAF’s 2016 jury panel


Associate Professor of art history, University of Lagos, Dr. Peju Layiwola

Associate Professor of art history, University of Lagos, Dr. Peju Layiwola

With a few days before its yearly gala and award night, the board of trustees of Life In My City Art Festival (LIMCAF) has announced the jury panel for its special 10th-anniversary festival that comes up on Saturday, October 29, 2016.

The jury will be headed by Associate Professor of art history, University of Lagos, Dr. Peju Layiwola.

A special feature of the 10th anniversary is the donation of the prize money for all LIMCAF category prizes by renowned sculptor and one of Africa’s best-known artist, Professor El Anatsui. Adewunmi described the gesture as an encouraging one for the festival organisers.

Over the years, LIMCAF had consistently selected an A-list jury of scholars and distinguished practitioners in various fields of contemporary visual arts to adjudicate the entries from aspiring young Nigerian artists from all over the country. The event creates incentives and opportunities for young people.

Layiwola is an artist and art historian who has published widely on the visual culture of Nigeria and Africa. She has carved a niche for herself in the creative arts industry as a distinguished female artist, who combines an active studio practice with research. She earned a B.A in Metal casting and Design from the University of Benin (1988), a Masters and Doctoral degree (Visual Arts) from the University of Ibadan (1991-2004).

Other members of the jury include Professor Mu’azu Mohammed Sani. Professor Mu’azu was born in Katsina, Nigeria. He has had his training in the Department of Fine Arts, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor’s Degree (BA) in Fine Arts (First Class Honours), Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Painting in 1986 and PhD Painting in 2014.

Joining them will be Ikechukwu Francis Okoronkwo. He studied sculptor at the University of Port-Harcourt in 1995 and earned an M.F.A. in painting in 2001 from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. A fourth member of the jury is Dr. Kenny Badaru, who is a multimedia experimental artist and holds B.A. and MFA degrees in Sculpture from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Currently he is a doctoral research scholar at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State.

A statement by Principal Lecturer and Head of Department of Graphic Arts, Photography and Design, Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu, Ayo Adewunmi, who doubles as Art Director of Life In My City Art Festival, said in keeping with LIMCAF’s tradition, the international dimension to the panel will be provided by Aurelieu Sennacherib, Cultural Attaché at the French Embassy, Lagos Liaison Office. The French Embassy in Nigeria as well as, Alliance Française network throughout Nigeria has been consistent source of support for LIMCAF since inception.

This year, the French Embassy has announced a new category of the award for LIMCAF’s teaming contestants by which Mr. Sennacherib will select an outstanding work of his choice on behalf of the embassy. The owner of the selected work will be sponsored by the embassy to participate in solo or group exhibitions of the embassy’s choice.

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