Asiko Art School

In fulfillment of its objectives, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, has over the past four years presented an innovative programme of exhibitions, talks, seminars, workshops and events reaching out to local and international audiences. CCA, Lagos is an independent organisation that receives no government support and has no institutional affiliations. Our programmes come out of the need to build local support structures for art production, critical thought and to provide a supportive framework that encourages and advances the individual research and production of participants. We do not offer degrees or certificates.

In 2010 CCA, Lagos began an innovative programme with the aims of filling a gap in the educational system in Nigeria and many African countries, which tend to ignore the critical methodologies and histories that underpin artistic practice. Using the format of part art workshop, part residency and part art academy, over the course of 30 days, the art school programme will focus partially on technique and primarily on methodology, critical thinking, and the implementation of conceptual ideas. The programme will be of benefit to people interested in thinking through the conception and execution of work, artists who are curious and interested in experimenting with modes of practice and thought outside of the traditional modes of working but not to its total exclusion.

For more information on the art school program follow here.

Open Call 2018

Àsìkò 2018 Cape Verde
13th August – 16th September 2018

Deadline: May 6  2018 Midnight GMT

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Photographs from Asiko 2015, Maputo

After successful programmes in Lagos, Accra, Dakar, Maputo, and Addis Ababa between 2010-2017, Àsìkò 2018 will take place in the Cape Verdean city of Praia. In 1975, Praia was designated the capital of Cape Verde when the country joined Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau in attaining independence from Portuguese colonial rule. An archipelago approximately 375 miles off the coast of Senegal, Cape Verde has been dubbed “a nation of emigrants” given that the country’s diaspora significantly outnumbers its local population. Historical patterns of exodus largely  catalyzed by economic conditions has resulted in sizable settlement populations in Italy, France, the Netherlands, Portugal, and the US. Nevertheless, Praia, home to 90% of the country’s local population, stands as a dynamic and cosmopolitan city whose languages, literary traditions, music, food, architecture, religions, and social life bear traces of centuries-long European and African influences. One of Àsìkò 2018’s principle objectives is to question how histories of slave trade and colonialism have shaped the city’s urban ethos and culture, while also exploring how the city and its contemporary art scene forge relations and dialogue across oceans and continents.


Who Can Apply?

Àsìkò is principally targeted at African artists working on the continent who may
not have had access to the education or professional opportunities that this
programme offers. They will be prioritised. However we welcome all applications
from artists and curators from Africa and from the African diaspora
■ Visual Artists can be working in any media – painting, sculpture, textile, ceramics,
photography, video, film and performance art,
■ Applications are open to all artists (including self taught artists) who have been
professionally active for at least 3 years.
■ Emerging curators and writers from across Africa with at least 18 months
experienced and who would benefit from the close interaction with artists as well as
other professionals.
■ Artists and curators who have participated more than once are not eligible to
Women artists and as well as emerging curators are strongly encouraged
to apply.

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