Art definitely hasn’t lost its taste in Lagos, Nigeria and if you thought so, some of the best art galleries in Lagos will convince you to visit an art gallery more often.
The best part about visiting these galleries is that most of them are free, others are not as expensive and if you are a lover of art, what more can you want!
Here are some of the best art galleries in the state:
1. Omenka art gallery- Ikoyi, Lagos.
Founded in Lagos in 2003 by Nigerian artist, curator and art administrator Oliver Enwonwu, Omenka represents a fine selection of established and emerging contemporary African and international artists working in diverse media.The gallery also houses one of the finest collections of the work by renowned Nigerian artist; Professor Ben Enwonwu (MBE).
The facility opens in the morning and closes in the late evening. Therefore, anytime during the day is suitable for touring the facility. At certain times during the year, the gallery hosts different exhibitions, which presents you with the opportunity to view new and exciting artworks and to also meet a lot of artists first-hand.
The gallery home is located at Modupe alakija crescent in Ikoyi.
2. Nike art gallery- Lekki, Lagos.
The centre was established in September 2009, by Chief (Mrs.) Oyenike Monica Okundaye aka “Nike” solely from her earnings as an artist and without governmental assistance. Nike opened this centre with 20 young girls who were marching the streets in Osogbo aimlessly and who had no hopes for the future. She is also the Owner/Curator of the Nike Art Galleries at Osogbo, Ogidi-Ijumu and Abuja.
With arts and crafts dating back centuries, Nike’s art gallery poses as one of the best preservation venues for Nigeria’s ancient traditional values and symbols. Whether you are an enthusiast of African arts, a specialist in the arts, or merely interested in a brief immersion in a new culture. Nike offers the opportunity to see Nigeria with fresh eyes.
3. MyDrim Gallery- Ikoyi, Lagos.
Mydrim Gallery is a gallery in Lagos established in 1992. It is one of the oldest existing in Lagos. 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 the African culture through several media. The gallery through various exhibitions and the sale of art, focuses on the immense talent of our artists and the message their works convey.
Mydrim Gallery was established in Lagos, Nigeria in 1992. The gallery located at 74B Norman Williams Street S.W Ikoyi, just off the busy Awolowo Road seeks to focus on the wealth, beauty and message their works convey.
4. Freedom Park- Broad Street, Lagos Island.
Freedom Park is a memorial and leisure park area in the middle of downtown Lagos in Lagos Island, Nigeria which was formerly Her Majesty’s Broad Street Prison. It was designed by the Architect Theo Lawson. The Park was constructed to preserve the history and cultural heritage of Nigerians. Freedom Park is a testimony that point to our administration’s commitment and believe in freedom as the essential purpose of governance- freedom from need, freedom from poverty and its many spin-offs, and the freedom from insecurity.
5. Museum of Contemporary art- Anthony Village.
The museum of Contemporary Arts conceived in direct response to the revolutionary conversations on the imperatives of revitalising and maximising the vast potential of the Nigerian creative economy, and the growing demand by experts in the cultural ecosystem for a curatorial institution that reflects the contemporary realities and needs of the visual art industry. Situated in Ajao Estate, a residential area in Anthony Village, MOCA Lagos is considered a bold takeoff by some of Nigeria’s contemporary artists.
6. Ethnic heritage centre- Ikoyi, Lagos.
Ethnic Heritage Centre located at 35A Raymond Njoku Street, Ikoyi, Lagos, combines expertise in language tutelage, a conductive learning environment, technologically enhanced class rooms, language laboratories and a robust language and culture library in a well secured location to ensure participants are able to speak their chosen language in the shortest time possible. Service they offer include: translation services, guided tours, Open-Mic events, plays and music performance, craft activities, and first rate tutoring. There is also a restaurant and bar, a multi-purpose hall, an event garden and an art gift shop.