Alter Native Artists Initiative (A.N.A.I), a non-profit foundation supported by Bottega Prosecco, recently launched its programs which include a residency for visual artists in Nigeria.

ANAI hopes to promote visual art in Nigeria by providing training, infrastructure and room for collaborations between creative practitioners and the local community.

“It has set up a first-of-its-kind ceramics studio in the country in a bid to revive and develop the art of ceramics to a level compatible with international health and quality standards,” said a statement by the organisers.

“The mission of ANAI is to create sustainable infrastructure that supports creative practitioners in Nigeria and to empower those actors within the larger community.

“The foundation seeks to fill existing gaps in formal visual arts education with practical training; build a bridge between local and international artists; facilitate artistic projects that involve the community, collaboratively, amongst others.”

The foundation, which is situated in the Lekki-Epe axis, will launch its artist development programmes in January 2018.

ANAI was founded by Peju Alatise, a Nigerian visual artist. Works by Alatise were also on display for curators, collectors and stakeholders at the event.

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