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Workspace debuts with new treasures of Adeyemi, Aladesongbe

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Visitors during the exhibition

Unprecedented expansion of art outlets in Lagos this year continues with a new space showing two artists.

Interestingly, the new outlet is a workstation, at Yaba, but being shared for art appreciation and promotion. In the past one year, quite a number of new art outlets have been opened at non-gallery spaces, particularly on the mainland axis of Lagos.

For its maiden art
exhibition titled New Treasure, New Space, the latest outlet known as TY Workspace is currently showing artworks of Aladegbongbe Aderinsoye and Dr. Kunle Adeyemi. Surrounded by corporate and small businesses as well as higher institutions of learning in the heart of Yaba, the new venue hopes to get users of the workstation to develope passion for art appreciation with what it describes as “bi-annual” showing.

“This is our first art exhibition and we are looking forward to getting the theme of the exhibition New Treasures, New Space into the consciousness of every worker in our community,” CEO at TY Workspace, Toyin Arowolo stated.

“Take time off work, come during your lunch breaks, give your eyes and mind a treat and explore a new world of working with us.”
And with two artists, each from painting and printmaking, TY Workstation seemed to have started on a broad scale of visual culture, covering the basic medium. The two artists are actually on a familiar environment. In fact, it could be said that they are at home, being art teachers at TY’s neighbour, the Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech).

Adeyemi noted the importance of a workstation, particularly in the Yaba environment where people can hire it for work. It also serves multi-purpose, he added. And as artists, the TY venue, he said, brings an opportunity to expand art. “The space will be used as office, discuss, conference,” Adeyemi said and assured that

“more artists would be coming to show their art here as we progress.”

Aderinsoye noted that TY Workspace was coming at a time when the expansion of art brought more challenges in non-availability of space for exhibition. “This is about the future of art, given the high cost of getting exhibition space at the main galleries,” Aderinsoye, a mixed media painter stated. “This new space comes as a rescue that will make art on the mainland more vibrant.”

As a non-art gallery space, the cost of hosting an exhibition could be managed to the advantage of both artists and TY, Aderinsoye assured.

“The theme is based on the importance of art as everlasting piece, hence the ‘new’
space.”

What structure of space is TY? A visit to the new facility showed rooms created not just as workstation, but with cultural contents such as naming each room from derivative of African identity. Among such names are of cultural identity spread across the continent.


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