Access Holdings, Art X Collective to Inspire Africa’s Emerging Talent With Access Art X Prize 2023  - The Top Society

Access Holdings, Art X Collective to Inspire Africa’s Emerging Talent With Access Art X Prize 2023 


Access Holdings, a prominent financial institution, and ART X Collective, a leading cultural enterprise, have officially opened the call for entries for the highly anticipated Access ART X Prize 2023.

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The event, which commenced on September 20, 2023, will continue until October 18, 2023, and the exclusive application process is accessed solely through ARTXLAGOS.COM/PRIZE.

In its 2023 edition, this collaboration between ART X Collective and Access Holdings aims to empower emerging artists by awarding two exceptional talents a substantial grant of $10,000 each for an exhibition at ART X Lagos 2024.

With the goal of nurturing creativity and showcasing emerging talent across Africa, the Nigerian winner will be granted a 3-month residency at Gasworks, London, while the African/Diasporan winner will participate in a 3-month residency at Yinka Shonibare’s GAS Foundation in Lagos. Both recipients will also benefit from personalized mentorship support, emphasizing the partners’ shared commitment to fostering artistic growth and cultural exchange.

Herbert Wigwe, Group Managing Director of Access Holdings Plc, expressed the initiative’s essence, stating, “The Access ART X Prize is not just about recognizing talent; it is about empowering the next generation of African artists to tell their stories and inspire the world. Through this initiative, we reaffirm our commitment to nurturing creativity and driving the growth of the African art industry, fostering a brighter, more inclusive future for all.”

Since its inception in 2016, the Access ART X Prize has provided early career artists with opportunities to showcase their talents. Last year, it expanded to include early-career artists from across the African continent and its diaspora, emphasizing inclusivity and diversity within the African art scene. The 2022 Access ART X Prize was awarded to Dafe Oboro (Nigerian Prize-winner) and Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński (Africa/Diaspora Prize-winner).

The rigorous evaluation process is overseen by a distinguished panel of renowned artists and cultural practitioners, including Babajide Adeniyi-Jones, Barthélémy Toguo, Daudi Karungi, Emeka Ogboh, Gabi Ngcobo, and Yesomi Umolu. The curator of the 2023 edition is Jumoke Sanwo.

Tokini Peterside-Schwebig, Founder and CEO of ART X Collective, expressed gratitude for the diverse and experienced jury and the commitment to supporting African artists. She stated, “Through the creation and production of initiatives such as the Access ART X Prize, and our flagship art fair, ART X Lagos, our organization seeks consistently to champion the redefinition of the narrative about our continent, and its people.” 

About Access Holdings Plc 

Access Holdings Plc is a multinational financial services group offering commercial banking, lending, payment, insurance, and asset management services. With headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria, Access Holdings operates through a network of more than 700 branches and service outlets across three continents, 19 countries, and serving 60+ million customers. 


About ART X Collective 

ART X Collective creates platforms and experiences that celebrate, leverage, and amplify Africa’s culture. Founded by Tokini Peterside-Schwebig, the company’s flagship platforms include ART X Lagos, the ART X Prize, and ART X Live! These initiatives aim to energize and empower Africa’s cultural identity through art and music, with a focus on Lagos, Nigeria, and the African diaspora.


For more information on the Access ART X Prize, please visit ARTXLAGOS.COM/PRIZE.

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