Arthouse Foundation

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The Arthouse Foundation is a non-profit organisation that aims to encourage the creative development of contemporary art in Nigeria. Through a residency-based program, the Arthouse Foundation provides a platform for artists to expand their practice and experiment with new art forms and ideas. By establishing a network that supports cross-cultural exchange between Nigerian and international artists, the Arthouse Foundation embraces contemporary art as an educational model to engage communities, promote social dialogue and advance the critical discourse of artistic practices.


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With a newly renovated building in the heart of Ikoyi, the Artist Residency Programme is at the heart of the Arthouse Foundation’s activities, offering live/work residencies for two artists throughout the year in three-month sessions. Each resident artist is offered a studio space, art materials and logistical support for the creation of a new artistic project during their residency. The Arthouse Foundation Residency Programme includes an intensive public initiative throughout each residency, including an artist’s talk, workshop, open studios and roundtable discussion. The Arthouse Foundation Residency Programme culminates in an end of the year exhibition showcasing the resident’s new artistic projects.

The Arthouse Foundation Artists in Residence 2016 are:
Spring Session (April 18-June 22, 2016): Dipo Doherty and Olumide Onadipe
Fall Session (September 12-December 16, 2016): Tyna Adebowale and Jelili Atiku



Dipo Doherty (b. 1991) is a painter whose work explores the language of spatial geometry, with a focus on the depiction of the self and the human form. Binding together a dynamic set of styles and motifs, Doherty creates abstracted figures that give expression to emotional, cultural and scientific energies. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Doherty has held recent solo exhibitions at Red Door Gallery and Nike Art Gallery in Lagos.


Olumide Onadipe (b. 1982) is a sculptor who engages experimental processes that involve the manipulation of tactile materials. His recent work incorporates materials such as plastic bags, metal, wood, jute bags and glass, using a process of twisting and melting to create amorphous shapes that play with sculptural balance. A graduate in Fine Art from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Onadipe has held two solo exhibitions at Pan Atlantic University, Lagos.



Jelili Atiku (b. 1968) is a performance and multi-media artist who examines political concerns for human rights and justice. Through drawing, installation, sculpture, photography, video and performance art, Atiku comments on the psychological and emotional effects of traumatic events including violence, war, poverty, corruption and climate change. A graduate of University of Lagos and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Atiku was the recipient of the prestigious Prince Claus Award in 2015.


Tyna Adebowale (b. 1982) is a mixed media artist who utilises texts, pigments and found materials to explore issues of gender, sexuality and identity. Her work comments on topics spanning Nigeria’s dysfunctional political landscape and the impact of social media in contemporary society. A graduate in painting from Auchi Polytechnic, Adebowale has completed residencies at the Instituto de Arte E Cultura Yuroba in Brazil and Asiko Art School in Ghana.




Victor Ekpuk is a Nigerian-born artist based in Washington, DC. Ekpuk came to prominence through his paintings and drawings which reflect indigenous African philosophies of the Nsibidi and uli art forms. Ekpuk reimagines graphic symbols from diverse cultures to form a personal style of mark making that results in the interplay of art and writing. His work has been exhibited in acclaimed international venues including the Krannert Art Museum (Illinois), the Fowler Museum (California), the Museum of Art and Design (New York), the Newark Museum (New Jersey), the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC), the New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York), the Dakar Biennale (Senegal) and the Johannesburg Biennial (South Africa). Most recently, Ekpuk was featured in exhibitions at the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College and the 12th Havana Biennale in Cuba.


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The Arthouse Foundation also supports Nigerian artists to participate in international art platforms. Recent support includes Victoria Udondian’s graduate study at Columbia University in New York, residencies for Uchay Joel Chima and Tayo Olayode at the Vermont Studio Center, and Chibuike Uzoma in Vienna, Austria.


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The Call for Applications for the Artist Residency Programme 2016 has ended. Please check back in Fall 2016 for more information about the Call for Applications for the 2017 sessions.


The Arthouse Foundation is located at 28 Norman Williams Street, Off Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria.


For more information about the Arthouse Foundation, please contact Joseph Gergel by email at

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