As part of activities marking the first anniversary of Yaba Art Museum, the inaugural meeting of Art Schools lecturers in Nigeria held on Thursday, November 25, 2021 at the Yusuf Grillo auditorium of Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH).
The meeting convened by Yaba Art Museum was aimed at bringing together creative intermediaries and representatives of Art Schools across Higher Education Institutions in Nigeria to critically discuss and work out possible solutions, collaborations, and development plans towards Art Museum across Nigeria’s Tertiary Education sphere.
The meeting was declared open by Yabatech Rector, Engr. Obafemi Omokungbe, represented by Deputy Rector, Academics Dr. (Mrs.) T. A. Ukabam, in his address, the Rector opined that recommendations proffered at the meeting should be added into the curriculum to move art education forward in Nigeria.
The representative board of trustee Yaba Art Museum, Engr. Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon, founder / CEO of Omooba Yemisi Adedoyon Shyllon Art Foundation and who is also currently Nigeria’s largest private art collector, spoke on challenges facing the art sector in Nigeria.
He frowned at our collective attitude towards artwork, especially ethnographic artwork whom because of religious indoctrination are now labeled or seen as juju. He kicked against the restitution of the stolen because when they are brought back we cannot preserve the artwork. .
Earlier, Mr. Mackemjika Dabesaki spoke in support of restitution of the lost or stolen ethnographic artwork to be brought back to their abode.
During a chat with the curator of the museum, Dr. Odun Orimolade, she revealed that the Yaba Art Museum is not just a museum for only showcasing artworks, but is also an education-based institution.
Yaba Art Museum, a project funded by Ford Foundation was recently listed as one of Lagos State Tourism sites by Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Art & Culture, like the Museum, since it was unveiled in November 2020 has been at the forefront of presenting Art Exhibition that supports Youth Advocacy, Social Justice, Sexual Harassment Gender-Based Violence.