Access Bank backs African artists through Art X Prize

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Access Bank Group has renewed its commitment to the growth of contemporary art in Nigeria through the sponsorship of Art X Lagos International Fair. The support is coming for the sixth time where the bank was Gold Sponsor.

During the four-day event held recently in Lagos, the bank reaffirmed its commitment through its impactful presence at the 2021 edition of the Fair during which the 2019 winner of the Art X Prize funded by Access Bank, Etinosa Yvonne showcased her deeply insightful and thought-provoking project, ‘It’s all in my head’.

Beyond providing funding and mentorship for the Art X Prize winner, Access Bank also -showcased its creative spirit through the debut of the ‘ENIYAN’ mask installation at the Fair. This was done in collaboration with fast-rising contemporary artist Yusuf Aina.

Speaking on Access Bank’s collaboration with Art X during his speech on the opening night of the fair, Group Managing Director, Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe said that Art X has continued to be a platform through which African art is soaring and achieving global recognition. He also pledged the Bank’s continued support toward the empowerment of African artists.

“For us at Access Bank Group, the idea behind collaborating with the Art X Lagos fair was to ensure that we empower African artists with a platform to showcase their works and change the narrative around Nigeria positively. The Access Bank Art X Prize is our own way of providing funding and mentorship for emerging African artists”, he remarked

Wigwe expressed immense satisfaction with the exponential growth of the Fair over the years, extending kudos to the Founder, Tokini Peterside and her team who made the convergence of the art community possible. He acknowledged that she had performed phenomenally ‘by creating a strong convening platform in Art X.’

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In her remarks, Peterside expressed appreciation to the bank for its good deeds, and for consistently throwing its full weight behind the fair year on year.

“Access Bank’s sponsorship of our fair is a testament to the fact that there is always support from Nigeria and proof of the bank’s belief in our vision.”

Through the collaboration with Art X, Access Bank has brought to the fore its passion for helping Africans tell the African story through creative and innovative ways, in line with the bank’s philosophy to offer ‘More Than Banking’. Art X Lagos continues online on ARTXLAGOS.COM till November 21st.

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