Lagos is popularly known as Nigeria’s No. 1 hotspot for reasons that are no secret; everything happens there. There’s no doubt that Lagos is the place to be if you want to have the time of your life. From concerts to the coolest restaurants to art exhibitions, Èkó has it all.
The Lagos art scene has been on a steady rise over the past few years with a surge in art awareness and which has resulted in increased value for art pieces by Nigerian and African artists.
The number of art galleries in the city has increased to meet the demand especially with the sudden spurt of new artists on the scene. This has made Lagos the go-to place to feed your eyes and soul with wonderful artworks, mostly contemporary and some classic.
If you live in or are planning to visit Lagos, make an effort to balance out the high energy on the streets with a blissful viewing experience at one of the cities art heavens.
Here are five art galleries in Lagos you should visit…
1. Nike Art Gallery
Nike Art Gallery, located in Lekki, was founded by artist and designer Nike Davies Okundaye. The 3-storey structure is known not only as the biggest art gallery in Lagos but also in West Africa. It gives you the full experience and tells a story of Nigeria from a fresh perspective with the sculptures, paintings and batik pieces in it.
Whether or not you’re an art aficionado, Nike Art Gallery offers you a whole new experience you’ll never forget.
2. Rele Art Gallery
Rele Art Gallery is a lively contemporary art gallery located on Lagos Island. They represent and exhibit a wide range of very talented visual artists. They are one of the few galleries that exhibit tech-inspired artworks in Lagos. As such, the artworks displayed at Rele are usually cutting-edge pieces which redefine art.
3. Terra Kulture Arena
Terra Kulture is an educational and recreational organization set up by Bolanle Austen-Peters in 2003 to promote the richness and diversity of Nigerian languages, arts and culture. In its over 15 years of existence, Terra Kulture has been known and is still known as the hub for cultural and educational experience of art.
4. Omenka Gallery
Omenka Art Gallery is one of the leading art galleries in Lagos with its beautiful structure located in Ikoyi. This gallery exhibits historical and culturally significant art pieces by contemporary Nigerian artists. Besides exhibiting works by contemporary Nigerian artists, there’s also a space in the building which displays the best artworks by late Nigerian artist, Ben Enwonwu.
5. Ogirikan Art Gallery
Also located in Ikoyi, Ogirikan Art Gallery is making its way as one of the top art galleries in Lagos. Established in 2017, every single piece displayed by Ogirikan is carefully selected. Besides art exhibition and sales, they are one of the very few galleries in Nigeria that offer art restoration services. This further proves their commitment to art preservation.
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