As one of the three Nigerian artists who made history at the prestigious Venice Biennale earlier in the year, acclaimed sculptor Peju Alatise is set to give back to the growing Nigerian art scene in a very big way.
Set to launch in Lagos on November 4, Peju Alatise's Alter'NATIVE Artists Initiative (ANAI) is a non-profit foundation that will house exhibition spaces, a purpose-built residency and a ceramics studio for artists seeking a space to learn, create, experiment and innovate.
The ceramics studio will be the first of its kind in the country. As of now, Nigeria does not produce any ceramics locally and ANAI wants to help change that by inspiring a revival of the ceramics industry, which "was once a cornerstone of Nigeria's artistic and cultural industry."
For the purpose-built residency, another first of this magnitude, it will facilitate the training of emerging and established Nigerian artists. It will provide a space for them to engage in experimental, traditional and contemporary projects.
In addition to all of that and the opportunity for international cultural exchange, ANAI will also help build the capacity of women in its immediate community, through training in creative practices to create goods and reduce the barrier to entering the craft market.