Nigeria has always been a melting pot of artistic exploration. This blog post contains a list of top art galleries in Nigeria
Top art galleries in Nigeria aims to have thematic exhibitions focusing on the diversity of Nigeria by celebrating the different cultures and people of Nigeria. The gallery also organizes interactive sessions with renowned members of the art community.
Sculpture, decorative arts, furniture, textiles, costume, drawings, pastels, watercolors, collages, prints, artists’ books, photographs and installation art are regularly shown at gallery spaces. They also create all kinds of exhibition(group and solo exhibitions).These exhibitions are usually held on a scheduled basis. Galleries showcase, sell, exhibit and auction the best of Nigerian art
Nike Art Gallery
Nike Art Gallery is reportedly the largest art gallery in Nigeria. With branches in Lagos, Abuja, Kogi and Osun, Nike Art gallery has become one of the top art galleries in Nigeria.
Nike Art Gallery is owned by Nike Davies-Okundaye,the gallery is housed in a five-storey tall building, it has a massive collection of about 8,000 diverse artworks from various Nigerian artists like Chief Josephine Oboh Macleod.
If you need a place where there is an intense interpretation of culture, with addition of relaxation and entertainment presented in the most beautiful way,then Terra Kulture is the place to be.
Terra Kulture was founded in 2003 by Mrs Bolanle Austen-Peters, since then it has become the Premier destination in Lagos for visitors, students and culture practitioners seeking to experience Nigerian arts, food, fashion,theatre and history. The concept of the Centre was borne out of the fact that there is no venue with the intended ambience in Nigeria, for Nigerians and foreigners alike to learn about our cultures languages and so much more.
Terra Kulture has become one of the top art galleries in Nigeria, comprising of four other operative arms which are The food lounge, Bookstore and an information center, Multipurpose event hall and The Language School.
Terra Kulture Mydrim Gallery Auction house (TKMG) promotes West Africas cultural heritage through the visual Arts by focusing on the selection and sale of exquisite pieces at its annual Art auction. They strive to showcase West Africa particularly Nigeria as a hub of talent and creativity.
Vivid Exclusive Art Gallery
Vivid exclusive art gallery is located in lekki gardens phase 2,Lagos State. The four bedroom terrace building comprises an art gallery and a museum featuring over 2500 artworks. The gallery has multitudes of artist all over the world, and more Nigerian artists , offering all clients and visitors all kinds of stupendous arts with the aim of communicating of different ideas to the world.
Vivid exclusive art gallery is also one of the top art galleries in Nigeria providing other services such as art advisory, framing, exhibition, craft shop, African boutique, art workshops and art consultant.
Thought Pyramid, Wuse, Abuja
The Thought Pyramid Art Centre was founded in the year 2008. It has also become one of the top art galleries in Nigeria. It was constructed in the heart of Abuja (Wuse II) with a branch in Lagos (Ikoyi).
Thought Pyramid Art Centre was created as a space to enable new ideas to be incubated and nurtured; where there are no boundaries between art, craft, design, and thought; and where thinkers will meet to dialogue on new directions for African art.
Thought Pyramid believes that as a tribute to the diversity of African art practice, They will promote understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of art and its values in an accessible, contemporary and unpretentious environment. As one of the top art galleries in Nigeria they have had visits from delegates and diplomats from all around the world.
Red Door Art Gallery is located in Victoria Island, if you are interested in learning about African contemporary art through various works, such as paintings, woodwork, and woven textiles then Red door gallery is the place to be.
Red Door Art Gallery have a goal to provide a platform to express creativity without any societal boundaries. They have also become one of the top art galleries in Nigeria.
Red Door Art Gallery are driven by the belief that art is the ultimate form of expression of man’s inner most thoughts. According to them they support “Unpredictable art” as predictable art is neither inspirational nor is it collectable.
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Hourglass Gallery is located in Victoria Island, Lagos state. It carries a selection of Modern & contemporary art from the most interesting artists in Nigerian, Ghanaian, Senegal and Kenyan art. The works of 51 Nigerian and Ghanaian artists are presently featured at the Hourglass Gallery. Periodically, it showcases and promotes the latest works of these artists.
Hourglass Gallery is one of the most reputable locations for art lovers to appreciate and buy art. It is also one of the top art galleries in Nigeria.
Omenka gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos
Lagos-based Omenka is also one of the top art galleries in Nigeria exhibiting and representing a fine selection of emerging and established artists working in diverse media, whose output resonates strongly with the African continent and her related diaspora.
With a focus on ensuring sustainable global presence for contemporary art from Africa, Omenka participates regularly in key art events
Vintage Art Gallery, Jos, Plateau
The Vintage Art Gallery is on a mission to creatively impact the society for positive changes through arts and designs that reflects great values. To be an art empire where creative depth, strategic thinking and innovations are the main watchwords. A creative platform where people of nations are brought together to share, inspire, nurture, educate, and enjoy arts and culture.
The Vintage Art Gallery is also one of the top art galleries with a passion hunting high and low for simply lovely vintage art. They help art enthusiast and buyers envisage the vintage painting’s place in their home by spending time carefully styling and curating the finds – standing them on the perfect mantel or photographing them alongside their collection of props and curios.
The National Gallery of Modern Art, Lagos (NGMA) is one of the top art gallery in Nigeria. It is a permanent exhibition of the National Gallery of Art, a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation. The gallery is located within the National Arts Theatre, at Entrance B.
The National Gallery of Modern Art is located on two floors below the huge auditorium of the National Arts Theatre. The upper level features a showcase of contemporary art, including colourful abstract canvases by Bruce Onobrakpeya and bronze busts by Ben Osawe. There is also a bookshop and library. The Portrait Gallery section includes both modern and earlier portraits of prominent, including all Heads of State. It includes portraits of artists such as Aina Onabolu, Chief Hubert Ogunde, Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka and Professor Ben Enwonwu.
The modern sculpture section presents recent Nigerian sculpture, showing continuity with earlier forms such as the Nok culture but now no longer ritual and mystical in character. Other sections are devoted to ceramics, artwork from friendly nations, a comparison of media and styles, glass painting and textiles.
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Mydrim Gallery was established in 1992, also one of the top art galleries in Nigeria. The gallery is a reality borne out of a dream rooted in a passion for the beauty expressed through art. African artists have been able to express the richness of their culture through several media.
Art is a medium of expression and artists have the liberty to express real, surreal and abstract situations. Mydrim gallery, therefore, continues to emphasise the importance of visual art in our society by:
- promoting and showcasing high quality works of art.
- organising public programmes, lectures, symposia, forums etc.
- creating an enabling environment for the sale of artworks.
- promoting talented artists through effective exposure.
Some of these galleries are private owned, while some are free to the public. Have you visited any of the top art galleries in Nigeria? feel free to share in the comment section.