Art galleries in Lagos are in abundance and an excellent hub for creatives. As Lagos is the culture central for everything that is happening in the country, it is impossible to leave out arts and culture. The food, the concerts, and parties? Top tier, so why should galleries be any different?
Art plays a prominent role in our culture. The celebration of art in fact, like every other thing that you celebrate, goes on further to preserve it’s very essence. Nigeria celebrates art in a cultural and ethnocentric way, promoting the creativity of young and old artists. If we are keeping it a buck though, most young people go to art shows for the aesthetic. Don’t hide, don’t run, you’ve been caught.
Art enthusiasts move together in throngs, quietly gazing upon painted canvases, admiring watercolors, staring passionately at sculptures, smiling and nodding at performance art and there’s you;
Snatching wine glasses off servers and arching your back for that Instagram pic. No shade please, all of us dey do am.
The galleries in Lagos are really just perfect. Art shows with perfectly curated paintings and sculptures are bound to instantly spark funny and intellectual conversations. Two birds, one stone! This is definitely an interesting place to go for dates.
Art galleries in Lagos are definitely worth going to and if you’re an enthusiast like me, you probably have been to some of the places I’m about to share with you.
NIMBUS ART GALLERY
Nimbus Art gallery at 9 Maitama Sule Street, Ikoyi Lagos is just a breeze from Jazzhole Lagos and is truly an exciting place to visit. If you haven’t been to Nimbus, you definitely should check it out! Nimbus Gallery houses an elite collection of African art and has the infamous Bogobiri House just beside it.
It’s the perfect place to relax and take in all the splendor the Lagos art scene has to offer.
Thought Pyramid, located at 96 Norman Williams Street, Ikoyi Lagos is the place to go if you want to appreciate contemporary art. You are greeted at the magnificent door with an ambience of artistic excellence and then welcomed into a space with top of the line art pieces on the walls. Sit here for an hour and be in tune with your soul.
I have early memories of visiting Mydrim Gallery as a child. My first time at Mydrim was really a dream. The paintings and sculptures reverberate African art at it’s finest. Located at 74 Norman Williams Street, Ikoyi Lagos, this art gallery continues to exhibit works from emerging and established artists.
Terra Kulture for the culture. Terra Kulture Arts and Studios Limited (formerly Terra Kulture Limited – The Nigerian Cultural Centre) is an educational and recreational organization set up in 2003 to promote the richness and diversity of Nigerian languages, arts and culture.
Located at Plot 1376, Tiamiyu Savage, Victoria Island Lagos, this gallery has everything! A bookstore, an art gallery, and food stands. Definitely where you can find me.
NIKE ART GALLERY
You haven’t been to Mama Nike’s place? well then, this is for you. Instagram has more than enough pictures to show you that 1/ You’re always welcome at the gallery, and 2) The aesthetic is unmatched.
Nike Art Gallery located at 2, Oba Yekini Elegushi Road, Lekki Phase I, is an art gallery in Lagos owned by Nike Davies-Okundaye. The gallery is arguably the largest of it’s kind in West Africa. Housed in a five-storey building, it boasts of a collection of about 8,000 diverse artworks from various Nigerian artists.
QUINTESSENCE NIGERIA LIMITED
Oh, Quintessence. This art gallery in Lagos has an array of impeccable African art. My favorite thing about Quintessence is the furniture; these remodeled pieces contribute to the overall aura of the art and crafts shop. Visit the gallery this weekend at Parkview Estate, off Gerrard Road, Ikoyi Lagos and thank me later.
Rele Gallery is a contemporary art space and gallery in Lagos, Nigeria. It is on Military Street, Onikan Lagos. It has been featured and mentioned in publications such as Financial Times, LA Times, BBC, Guardian, Vogue, and many others.
Pictures don’t lie, in this case. With their collection of modern art pieces, Rele is a true beauty to behold!
AFRICAN ARTISTS’ FOUNDATION
Popularly known as AAF, this is the place to be. How can you have a fun weekend without visiting the number one Art Foundation in Lagos? Established in 2007 and located at 3b Isiola Oyekan Close, African Artists’ Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of contemporary African art.
In addition to a rigorous programme of exhibitions and workshops at it’s gallery in Lagos, AAF organizes an annual flagship program LagosPhoto Festival– an international arts festival of photography in Nigeria.
As I’ve just shown you, Art galleries in Lagos are amazing and a beautiful destination for a beautiful weekend. If you have toured Lagos and are looking for more exciting places to visit, walk into one of these galleries, feast your eyes and feed your soul.