By Ovat Abeng
Preparations are on top gear for Arts and Craft Exhibition in Anambra State.
The event scheduled for twenty-seventh to thirtieth September 2023 will take place at Oma Event Center Awka, as prospective exhibitors and sponsors of the programme are already filling up.
The programme is organised by the State Ministry of Culture, Entertainment and Tourism in conjunction with the Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA).
The State Commissioner for Culture, Entertainment and Tourism, Sir. Don Onyenji, who disclosed this in a statement, in Awka, on Tuesday, called on artists and crafts enthusiasts to make a name for themselves by exhibiting their works, meeting their collectors and buyers, as well as celebrating creativity and exploring opportunities to conquer their world.
He said that the programme will presents opportunity for the world to appreciate that special endowment of the state and savour new ideas from her creative people.
“Features of the display are mainstream art pieces produced by artists in SNA; items of craft by craft producers in the state, and indigenous traditional artworks such as the works of the Awka guild of blacksmiths and native wood carvers along with cultural performances.
“The exhibition encapsulates Anambra abundant treasure in the arts.
“It presents ample chance for a good peep into what the state’s creative industry can offer Nigeria’s economy.
“The event will also push forward, for patronage, the contemporary artists based in the state, who do not always exhibit their art works in mainstream galleries across the country.
According to him, the expo will offer good chance of discovery for art collectors as collectors, curators and critics who may not have seen the now seldom noticed smiths or traditional carvers in the state will have the chance to encounter and interact with them.
“Through it, the state governor, Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo seeks to offer solution to unemployment and poverty through creation of business opportunities for the artists and stakeholders of the sector in the state,” the Commissioner added.