The 5th edition of the iDesign Art Affordable Art Fair is set to take place from the 4th to the
5th of October 2019 at The Whitespace in Ikoyi. The event provides upcoming artists with a
platform to showcase and sell their work. It also introduces masters of the art scene to an
intrigued audience by showcasing them as Feature Artists, displaying carefully selected pieces
and selling them for prices that are exclusive to iDesign Art. The concept was created by
established interior designer Mrs Tola Akerele, Director of interior design firm ‘iDesign by Tola
The Tri-annual event which is open to all brings together a mix of art enthusiasts, art collectors,
a number of creatives and everyday people from a variety of age groups. All looking to
appreciate and purchase artwork from a diverse range of Nigerian artistic Talent. Mrs Akerele
who is passionate about using art in all forms to complete interior design projects, started
iDesign Art to encourage the habit of regular art purchases.
“ The goal is to get the average person to own at least a single piece of artwork that speaks to
him or her without breaking the bank” Tola Akerele
As African art gains more recognition worldwide, an increasing amount of young artists are
coming to the forefront. The Nigerian art scene continues to flourish but currently offers a limited
amount of opportunities for new artists to exhibit their work. Up and coming talent on many
occasions are in competition with masters artists, who have 20 years or more of experience
under their belts and as a result produce work that is of greater value. iDesign Art provides
emerging artists with the opportunity to sell their work and increase their economic value.
With artwork available from 15,000 Naira, there really is something for everyone’s budget.
Featured artists from previous editions include Tola Wewe, Bob Nosa, Duke Asidere, Yomi
Momoh, Alex Nwokolo to name a few. Mrs Akerele, Art Curator Arinola Olowoporoku and the
iDesign Art team work with local talent to exhibit a breathtaking collection of work from a range
of different mediums. They are able to leverage off of their close relationships with well known
Nigerian artists and exhibit work in a more affordable price bracket, with the aim of appealing to
Featured artist for the upcoming edition will be Uchay Joel Chima, Olumide Onadipe and Uche
Uzoka. As more attention is being placed on African art internationally, iDesign Art works to
educate and build appreciation for the sector to a Nigerian audience.
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