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Government urged to give grants to budding artists

28 January 2015, 14:34

Lagos -  Patrick Agose, an artist on Friday in Lagos appealed to the Federal Government to give grants to young creative artists especially those in schools to promote the development of arts and culture.

Agose said  in Lagos that  young artists need such support because of the cost of production and materials used for their works.

“The cost of conveying art works to exhibition centres by young artists from their various tertiary institutions for display is high.They need government’s assistance to also buy materials for their works,” he added.

Agose who is the Secretary, Universal Arts Studio, Iganmu, Lagos State, also urged the three tiers of government to encourage the best arts students by awarding them scholarships.

He lauded some corporate organisations for their assistance and support for budding artists.

He said that students who participate in arts exhibitions, workshops and seminars become useful to themselves on graduation instead of joining the unemployment market.

 “With time, art collectors in Nigeria can use their art works as collateral to secure loans from banks as it is done in developed countries. Arts are affordable and they appreciate over time and people are not aware of this and we should create the awareness. I believe in the next five to 10 years, Nigerian economy will not be the same and people can afford to buy artworks,’’ he said.

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