As Victoria Island, Lagos-based cultural centre, Terra Kulture, prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary, its founder and Managing Director, Mrs. Bolanle Austen-Peters, says it has hosted over 200 art exhibitions.
The centre that was founded in 2003, but commenced operation in 2004, prides itself as an educational and recreational organisation set up to promote the richness and diversity of Nigerian languages, arts and culture.
Many stakeholders have acknowledged the progress it recorded in its early years, especially in fusing the promotion of African foods with art brands.
Also, many believe the relative prosperity that the visual art sub-sector has witnessed in recent years has its seed in the vigour and finesse that Terra Kulture invested in the exhibition of art works.
Besides, the success seems to have inspired the establishment of several other related outfits, especially in Lagos.
It was thus a fulfilled Austen-Peters that spoke at a press briefing on Friday, when she unveiled the programmes of the 10th anniversary.
According to her, Terra Kulture is a resounding success recognised as a major cultural hub in Nigeria for expatriates, students, Hollywood and Nollywood stars, artists and members of the diplomatic corps.
She said, “In its 10 years of existence Terra Kulture has organised over 200 art exhibitions, seven art auctions, 90 plays, 60 book readings and over 10,000 adults and children have attended our language classes and excursions.
“Terra Kulture has positioned itself as the leading gallery in Nigeria with over 80 per cent of the major and young artists being exhibited at its gallery. The gallery has exhibited artists like Kolade Oshinowo, Abiodun Olaku, Bruce Onobrakeya, Ablade Glover, Abayomi Barber, Olu Amoda, Sam Ovraiti, Alex Nwokolo, Ndidi Dike, OluAjayi, Sam Ebohon, Lekan Onabanjo, Defactory Studio, Iponri Studio, the Guild of Professional Fine Artists of Nigeria, Diseye Tantua, and Segun Aiyesan, among others.”
She said the anniversary would feature, among other things, various forms of performances, including Saro the Musical, which will return to the stage in December.