The Women and Youth Art Foundation (Wy Art ) was founded in 1994 but structured into a registered NGO in 2004. Workshops and training began in its home base at Ibadan in 1994. It was initially conceived as a web-based NGO. It later moved to its present location in Lagos in March 2016. The Centre is now located at the tourist area of Akerele, Surulere Lagos known for ‘Adire’ production at No. 14 Bank Olemoh Close, Off Bank Olemoh Crescent (near Eko Hospital), Surulere, Lagos. Wy Art is equipped with facilities for training in a broad area of the visual arts.
The Foundation organizes free workshops in various arts and crafts to include some of the traditional crafts which are going extinct. Areas of interest include gold and silver smithing, printmaking, painting, ceramics, bronze casting, and general arts and crafts. Our focus is on women and youth living in local communities. Our mission is to teach them skills to enhance their financial base and also to create platforms for interaction.
The Wy Art Foundation in collaboration with the Bronx Museum, New York hosted the Hilary Clinton SmARTpower project in Nigeria. A Community based artist, Brett Cook from Berkeley, California conducted a series of multi-faceted workshops that included the making of artifacts, Sharing Culture SmARTpower Project in Nigeria.
Art in School Project
This programme covers one year for the US Consulate grant 2017 provided to conduct a series of workshops with local artisans, University students and students of selected secondary schools in Lagos State under the project name Exploring the Craft and Tourism Potential through Formal and Informal Art Workshops in Surulere, Lagos.
One of our greatest achievements is the production of self-teaching DVDs and magazines on step- by- step teaching of various arts and crafts. These materials are the first of their kind in Nigeria and have assisted a lot of people who cannot afford paying for classes. They learn in the comfort of their houses. The entire set of 2 magazines and 10 DVD costs N10,000 -Ten thousand Naira. (Postage not included). To order send us a message through the contact page stating your full address and telephone number.
Women and Youth Art workshop with Bariga Artists Forum
Wy Art Celebrates with Founder at 50
Women and Youth Art Community Workshop