3 Career-boosting opportunities for African artists
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Entrance Macaal Museum Marrakech
Entrance Macaal (Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden) in Marrakech

The longer days in Europe, or the preparations for the cultural festivals on the continent all evoke the end of a season. Before we all delve into this joyous and restful period, there is a last ditch of effort to make. Here is a trio of career-enhancing opportunities for African Artists and those of the Diaspora to apply for. If you are a visual artist, a curator read on, and good luck on your art journey.

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5 New Contemporary African Art exhibitions to check out this month in London
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Lionel Smit, Aligned, 2019, Oil on Linen, Image courtesy of Everard Read London
Lionel Smit, Aligned, 2019, Oil on Linen, Image courtesy of Everard Read London

May in London could feel like an anticlimax; wedged between the Venice Biennale and the much-awaited Frank Bowling’s retrospective at the Tate; closely followed by the June blockbuster exhibition “Get Up Stand Up Now” at Somerset House, that will explore the last 50 years of “black creativity in London.”

However, the city is bristling with new exhibitions from established and up and coming artists, most of which fortuitously engage with issues of identity, representation, and memory. Here is a selection of 5 newly opened contemporary African Art exhibitions to check out this month.

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A new narrative of Nigerian Femininity and womanhood by Ayobola Kekere-Ekun
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Priviledge the Abridged edition, Ayobola Kekere-Ekun
Priviledge the Abridged edition, Ayobola Kekere-Ekun

Besides the bold and vivid colors, the most striking elements of Ayobola Kekere-Ekun’s figurative works are the myriad of lines sculpted out of paper. The curvaceous lines run harmoniously in parallel turning in unison inwards or outwards and at times, come to an abrupt halt to delineate the face, and reveal the facial expressions of the characters in the painting.

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Frieze week: 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair debuts in Manhattan
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Alexis Peskine, Nkisi, 2018.
Alexis Peskine, Details Nkisi, 2018, October Gallery.

1:54 Contemporary African Art fair returns to New York for its milestone fifth anniversary with a move from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Since its inception, the fair has leveraged the pivotal Frieze Week in London and New York to bolster its ability to attract an increasing number of international collectors and visitors.

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7 Contemporary African Art shows to see this week
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Abe Odedina, Head for Heights, 2018, Courtesy Ed Cross Fine Art
Abe Odedina, Head for Heights, 2018, Courtesy Ed Cross Fine Art

London is abuzz with captivating art exhibitions and events that showcase the work of artists from Africa and the Diaspora. Here is our monthly guide to the Contemporary African Art shows scheduled this month.

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For emerging artists: 5 art opportunities to boost your career
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Abstract African art

For young and emerging African artists or by and large Black artists, the road to success oftentimes has the appearance of an obstacle course. We are taking one hurdle away with the list of open calls for application and other time-sensitive opportunities in the art world. Share with other fellow artists and good luck with your art journey.

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An Arty start to 2019: 9 Contemporary African Art exhibitions not to miss in London
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Jean David Nkot, Po Box 237_Dream Ligne 2018, Courtesy Sulger-Buel Lovell
Jean David Nkot, Po Box 237_Dream Ligne 2018, Courtesy Sulger-Buel Lovell

The consistent, upward trajectory of the African Art market shows no signs of abating. If anything, 2019 is promising to be yet again another record-breaking year after an extraordinary 2018.

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Nnenna Okore is on a picturesque exploration of the cycle of life.
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Nnenna Okore, Ethereal Beauty, 2017
Nnenna Okore, Ethereal Beauty, 2017. Courtesy October Gallery London

Birth, growth, death, decay – This could be a gloomy philosophical essay on the cycle of life. That theme, with Nnenna Okore, becomes a picturesque quest that gives birth to vivid organic sculptures depicting each stage of life. A select dozen are at the October Gallery for her solo exhibition: ‘There is a time for everything’.

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A stop at the Fashion Cities Africa exhibition in Brighton
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Johannesburgh Display at the exhibition The term “African Fashion” has been bandied about lately. It covers, loosely, anything related to Africa and Fashion, such as Fashion Collections made using Dutch wax prints or African prints, clothing made on the continent or by African Designers.

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The Tunisian Embassy transformed into an Art Gallery
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Painting La Mer by Nidhal Chameh

What images spring to mind if you hear of Tunisia? The usual stereotypical ones would be of a sunny holiday destination or, more recently, the epicenter of the Arab Spring.

Now, a dynamic group of artists, whose work is being exhibited worldwide, are slowly painting an alternative image of their country: a thriving hub of Creativity and Arts. It is that image, that the Tunisian Embassy wanted to showcase to London when it was transformed into a temporary Art Gallery and opened its doors to the public on Wednesday, for the exhibition: Tunisia, The New Picture.

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