June 2-11, 2011

Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos is pleased to welcome professional artists and lecturers from the United States over a two week period to share and exchange skills and knowledge with artists in all media – painting, photography, new media, fashion, textile – based in Nigeria.

This collaboration with CCA Lagos is the inaugural program for a series of critique clinics initiated by Parsons The New School for Design. The clinics will serve international communities where emerging fine artists have limited access to rigorous idea-based dialogue. The program is based on the Fine Arts pedagogical studio visit, which is typically a one-on-one conversation between an advanced professional in the field and an emerging artist. Differing from the curatorial studio visit, whose aim is to select work for exhibition, the objective of a teaching studio visit is to offer advice specifically germane to each artist’s practice and trajectory, based on an understanding of a range of their work. This intensive program offers emerging artists a concentrated experience of what the Fine Art MFA provides–both a sharp view of their developing bodies of work and the tools and facilities to translate that work and the supporting ideas into language with which they can leverage a wide range of opportunities across the international professional community from grants to residencies to graduate programs.

This 2-week programme, hosted by Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, brings together experienced faculty from institutions in the US. Alongside several days of individual studio visits and portfolio reviews, the program will also present workshops focused on skills and interest areas that artists share in common, such as:

  • Artists Presentation
  • Portfolio Review – one to one
  • Portfolio Development
  • Professional Development Guidance
  • Writing for Artists
  • Grant and Residency Application Writing
  • Using Social Networking Tools

CCA,Lagos gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Parsons The New School for Design, Syracuse University, LINC and George Washington University.


  • Kianga Ford,
  • Assistant Professor of New Genres/Director of BFA FIne Arts (Parsons, The New School for Design).
  • Areas of Specialization: Sound, Installation, Performance, Site-Specific/Architectural Works
  • Shane Aslan Selzer
  • , Adjunct Professor of Sculpture,
  • Parsons The New School for Design
  • . Areas of Specialization: Sculpture, Installation, Large-Scale Fabrication com

Public Programmes under Global Crit Clinic:

Artist Talk: The Marriage of Material and Idea

Panelists: Kianga Ford, (sound/performance), Shane Aslan Selzer,(sculpture) Richardson Ovbiebo, (Sculpture)

11 JUNE 2011

On Saturday 11th June, the facilitators Kianga Ford and Shane Aslan Selzer will make an extended presentation of their individual artistic practice followed by an interactive panel discussion in which they will be joined by artist Richardson Ovbiebo.

How do we effectively use materials to convey our ideas within art making practices? What knowledge is inherent to a specific material and what knowledge is imbedded through cultural, geographical and personal relationships over time? The panel will explore these questions while paying close attention to examples of a repositioning of traditional crafts (such as dance, weaving, and pottery) into contemporary forms.

Global Crit Clinic

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