Making Art in Africa

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What does it mean to make art in Africa? In Making Art in Africa, 60 of the continent’s leading artists give very different answers to this question through a series of extraordinary first-hand commentaries relating to specific works.


Polly Savage is a writer, curator and Senior Teaching Fellow in History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS, London. She was previously Associate Lecturer in World Arts at Birkbeck College and Assistant Curator at the October Gallery, London, and has published and lectured widely on contemporary art in Africa and diasporas.Robert Loder CBE has had strong links with Africa since the mid-1950s - he lived and worked in South Africa, and then Zambia, for eight years from 1955. Back in the UK, he was Treasurer and then Chairman of the Institute of Contemporary Arts during the 1970s and in 1982 he co-founded the Triangle Workshop with Sir Anthony Caro. Over the next two decades, Triangle developed into a network of workshops and studio buildings in over twenty countries. Throughout the 1990s he visited Africa frequently, and as Chairman of Triangle Arts Trust in the UK he promoted Triangle workshops and studios in many countries in Africa, South Asia and the Caribbean. John Picton is Emeritus Professor in African Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He worked for the Nigerian government’s Department of Antiquities from 1961 to 1970, and for the British Museum from 1970 to 1979. His research and publications cover Yoruba and Edo (Benin) sculpture, masquerade and textile history in sub-Saharan Africa, and the transformations of African visual practice in the 19th and 20th centuries.