We are delighted to announce artist Lanre Lawal as winner of Your Ad Here: Nigeria competition, part of a major new project exploring the relationship between advertising and daily life in the city of Lagos.
Commissioned by Create and A Whitespace Creative Agency in Nigeria and funded by the British Council, artists Karo Akpokiere (Nigeria and Germany), Matt Stokes (UK) and Nick Waplington (UK and US) developed three new works that brought art into the public space.
Following the launch of these three new works in February, artists in Nigeria, at all stages of their career were invited to propose a new artwork that represents daily life in Lagos or Abuja.
The Your Ad Here competition invited artists in Nigeria to propose new art works for billboard sites conventionally reserved for advertising. Artists were invited to develop new images responding to day-to-day life in Lagos and the many social networks and private and public spaces of the city.
Lanre’s winning entry is now live on a billboard in Lagos and will be exhibited in an exhibition at Whitespace from 13-20 May 2016, alongside the work of 12 runners up.
The runners-up in the competition include Adeola Olagunju, Chris Iduma, Falodun Oluwafemi, Femi Morakinyo, Logo Oluwamuyiwa, Melange Adediji, Oladoyin Akinwunmiju, Joseph Audu, and Solomon Eko.
Your Ad Here is part of UK/Nigeria 2015–16, a major season of arts in Nigeria aimed at building new audiences, creating new collaborations and strengthening relationships between the UK and Nigeria.