The First Art exhibition for Kids and Teens in Nigeria was successful with lots of Arts enthusiasts marvelling at the level of creativity of kids and teens. It was an event that made people appreciate, reflect and value the aesthetic of works made created by young minds.
Thespians, scholars, parents and students felt the impact of the messages conveyed through these artworks; especially those made by Children living with cancer…..beautiful souls that never lost hope, even till they took their last breath.
The Post-Humus works of art of some of the Children living with cancer speaks a lot about the disease, the hope for a cure and the need for more effective awareness for early detection.
The exhibition was dedicated to Children living with cancer, according to Josephine Israel, the CEO of the Studio during her welcome speech. ”It is not just an avenue to showcase the talents of kids and teens living in the country, but to also call peoples’ attention to the reality that there are kids who are dying from Cancer”
Those in attendance included a representative of the Lagos state ministry of Education, Mrs Sumon, Lecturers from the Faculty of Arts, University of Lagos, childhood cancer survivors, Primary and Secondary Schools, parents, artists, Art Lovers, media houses and sponsors.
The chairman of the exhibition, Dr Tunji Sotimirin, during his keynote speech, noted the importance of platforms like these. In his words “I have a deep passion for the creative talents that children express……………it is real and unadulterated.” He also said that unlike the sports, the creative industry should also have scouts that attends programmes like this to pick and promote young artists and hopefully, we will get there in our subsequent editions.
The founder of Children Living with Cancer Foundation, Dr Nneka Nwobbi, enlightened all those present about the reality of childhood cancers and signs and symptoms to watchout for.
The exhibition was declared open by Mrs Sumon by holding Kelechi who is an ovarian cancer survivor, and cutting the ribbon.
Mr Jimoh Ganiyu (JIMGA), the Curator of the exhibition the took all the guests round the artworks and told them the stories behind the works and showing them their aesthetic values.
There were performances by some of the studio’s dancers and a traditional dance by the Queens’s Art and Concept, a group of female teenage dancers headed by Princewill.
It was really eye opening and all those in attendance can’t wait for the next exhibition.