(This 4th November story is refiled to fix punctuation in name of foundation)
By Alexis Akwagyiram and Nneka Chile
LAGOS (Reuters) – An artist who was born in Britain and raised in Nigeria has announced plans for a program to get painters, sculptors and other creatives living and working together in the West African nation’s commercial capital Lagos.
Yinka Shonibare – a Turner Prize nominee whose giant ‘Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle’ work stood on a plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square – said he wanted artists from around the world to apply for the first places in the residency scheme, which is due to start in 2021.
“The journey has always been Africans going to the West and I think we need to reverse that,” Shonibare said on Saturday, at the launch of his Guest, Artist, Space Foundation that will run the project and help fund African participants.
“It’s important that African cultures are properly understood in the context of Africa and that people actually come here…
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