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Curator seeks FG’s support towards construction of Abuja Artists’ Village
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December 13, 2017 08:59:48am GMT      |      Views: 348
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Mrs Nike Okundaye, Chief Executive Officer of Nike Arts Gallery, on Wednesday solicited for the Federal Government’s support towards the building of an Artists’ village in Abuja.

Okundaye who made the appeal in an interview with NAN in Lagos, also sought the support of the private sector to invest in the Artists’ village.

In June 2002, Okundaye established an Art and Culture research centre at Piwoyi village, FCT Abuja with an art gallery and a textile museum, the first of its kind in Nigeria.

The centre is aimed at providing functional platform for research into Nigerian traditional textile industry in the FCT.

The artists expressed concerns that the land for the proposed multi-purpose village, has been lying fallow for years due to lack of funds adding that she could not single-handedly fund the project.

Okundaye said that she needed to finance other galleries owned by her across the country.

The artist said that the land, situated at Piwoyi Village in Abuja, was proposed to have a multi-purpose structure including a cinema, a six storey arts gallery and a theatre of 2,000 viewers.

She said that an Arts library with books on African arts would also be built.

Okundaye said that this would give room for promotion of arts in the country as the Artists’ Village would enable Nigerian artists to train young ones in different forms of arts.

“I am calling on private investors interested in arts to join in building a world-class Artists’ Village.

“We intend to make it a comfortable village for artists to work within, carry out research there and train interested people in paintings, sculpturing, batik, beading, tie and dye, drawing and other forms of arts.

“The land is situated at the new Abuja Shoprite; we share the same boundary with Abuja International Airport at Piwoyi Village, ‘’ she said.

Okundaye in 1996 established a textile (Aso-Oke) weaving center at Ogidi-Ijumu near Kabba in Kogi State for the women of the village, employing and empowering more than 200 women in the weaving center.

Okundaye is a member of various professional bodies including Society of Nigerian Artists, ASA of USA and Canada, ACASA, Society of Nigerian Women Artists, Member of Osun Support Grove.

Others include Board member of the National Heritage Council of Nigeria, Member of the Board of Trustee of Osun State Centre for Black Culture and International understanding. (NAN)

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