InterArt Tours offer clients unparalleled access to sites of outstanding cultural and historical importance, not usually open to the general public.
Ile Ife and its treasures
The Kingdom of Ife, as well as being an ancient seat of learning - globally renowned home to the world famous sculptures of the terracotta and lost wax tradition, has also been a place of learning and innovation - contributing to the contemporising of Nigerian art. A tour of this ancient city is a must to gain an understanding of Yoruba/Nigerian culture.
Said to be the origin and mother city of the Yoruba people and mythological birthplace of life. Ile Ife is carbon dated as flourishing during the 11th Century. The modern city is located within Osun State and is sited approximately on the ancient city. Although the structure of the kingdom has diminished, Ile Ife maintains its importance for its ancient significant history.
The Ife School is a movement of innovation and intellectualism in the theory of art. The location and its diverse creativity in that region and the resource of local materials, ancient and current, have enabled scholars to progress to philosophies such as Ona in the 1970s and 1980s. Proponents were artist teachers Moyo Okediji, Tola Wewe, Kunle Filani. Other teachers from outside the institution include Agbo Folarin and Babatunde Lawal.
Museums & Places of Interest include Ife Museum of Antiquities, Opa Oranmiyan, Okemogun Shrine, Oduduwa Palace, Zoological Gardens and Odua Shrine. The Olojo Festival
Oshogbo acient and modern
Oshogbo dates back to the Oyo Empire and is noted for its textiles, dyeing tradition, farming and modern industry. It is home to the festival on the River Osun, based at the World Heritage sacred grove to the river goddess Osun. In terms of traditional and contemporary art, the city has produced renowned artists and given its name to an art movement - the Oshogbo school.
Oshogbo based artists have been greatly inspired by their environs and its formidable creative traditions, working in a range of materials including bead painting, batik and in three dimensions. They have also made a name for themselves in other artistic disciplines, such as dance, music and drama and are continuing to inspire a new generation.
Notable artists who have worked/working from Oshogbo include, Susan Wenger, Twin Seven Seven and Jimoh Buraimoh.
Places of interest include City's environs, Sacred Grove, Oja Oba and Orisunbare markets
Nsukka and the school of new currents
Just mention Nsukka, and immediately, most art aficionados think of the university and the wealth of esteemed artists that have honed their skills at that institution. The artistry of Uli was reinvigorated there by Uche Okeke, followed by other artists such as, Chike Aniakor and El Anatsui. In order to gain an understanding into the Igbo cultural tradition, they transformed the linear and pictorial forms of body and wall decoration into a modern philosophical language that rescued Uli from its near abandonment during the colonial era.
Zaria: birthplace of african synthesis
The College of Art, Science and Technology, Zaria, was the first institution dedicated to art in Nigeria. It has been renamed the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU). From this base a fresh current of African philosophy manifested, contributing towards the establishment of the Zaria Art Society in the 1950s. They were part of the wave of radical thought and practice in Nigeria and were made up of artists trying to establish a new consciousness. Ben Enwonwuâ€™s stylised and natural forms, which he had labeled â€˜African Styleâ€™ epitomised the spirit and theory of Natural Synthesis expounded by Uche Okeke. This is a marriage of modern and traditional â€“ but significantly an African approach to naturalism. The aim was to discard the previous European direction and techniques to art learning. This synthesis spread via ABUs Graduates to other notable art institutions in Nigeria disseminating the idealogy. Bruce Onobrakpeya has credited the College with developing his skills and the Society in its forward thinking discussions with giving him the confidence for self-expression and freedom to produce work in his distinct style. Zaria artists graduates also included Emmanuel Odita, Demas Nwoko, Yusuf Grillo, Jimoh Akolo and Solomon Wangboje.
Our private visits allow our clients to enjoy great works of art away from the crowds.Our tours are tailored to your needs and are led by some of the most highly knowledgeable and engaging artists/guides/lecturers whose scholarship and experience in the field of West African,chiefly Nigerian art is unrivalled.They will hold your interest in sharing their passion and love of arts,whether you visit a private collection or the smallest intimate gallery spaces or an artist studio. You will have an opportunity to gain a privileged insight about individual artist(s), private collections,the African art market, including sales rooms and artistsâ€™ opens.Their attention to detail,yet flexible approach will ensure that your experience is truly memorable.