Art.Ng offers NGN 5million Covid-19 relief grants to under-recognised Nigerian Artists

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, Art.Ng has launched a grant fund to support artists based in Nigeria. Over the next twelve months, thirty-five artists will receive N5m in total grants as part of a broad-based COVID-19 relief effort for the visual arts in Nigeria.

The emergency support was designed to reach individual artists throughout all areas of Nigeria in line with Art.Ng’s commitment to supporting artists, the creative process and social impact initiatives.

“Artists bear witness to life, experiences and their communities through their work,” says Nneka Oke, the Executive Director of Art.Ng, but our creatives and visual artists who do so much to advocate and represent our diverse cultural identity will not survive this pandemic and its economic fallout if we don’t take action to support them now.”

The economic impact of COVID-19 has been especially hard on artists who have seen their income evaporate, and it is important we provide required support to this segment of artists.

Over the next few months, The Art.Ng Fund will provide grants of between N50,000 to N250,000 each to local artists who work in all visual arts disciplines. Artists who applied for grants were asked to send in proposals demonstrating their practice.

Among the first set of beneficiaries include Onyinye Ezennia, Barry Yusufu, , Emmanuel Adeyemi Lucky Isaiah, Roanna Tella, Chigozie Obi.