Edo Museum of West African Art unveils plans

EMOWAA (Edo Museum of West African Art) Trust has unveiled the plans and programmes for their development in Benin City, as work progresses on the construction of the first building designed by world renowned architect, David Adjaye, OBE in collaboration with Nigerian architects MOE+, which will house a Materials and Digital lab, Archaeology Centre and  Research and Archives Facility. 

Speaking at an interactive media parley in Lagos, Phillip Ihenacho, Executive Chairman of The EMOWAA Trust,  explained:“EMOWAA’s initial focus will be on creating an ecosystem for research education and career opportunities for young creatives and professionals in cultural heritage management. The Pavilion is planned as anarchives and research centre, providing space for learning and exchange, and archival space for works of art from West Africa and the Diaspora both contemporary and heritage. It will also be a space that will help catalyse the art and culture ecosystem by providing infrastructure for training, residencies, digital production, and growing a pipeline of future artists and researchers. In short it is about building platforms for the study, creation and display of art.” 

EMOWAA’s mission, according to its corporate profile, is to support West African heritage and culture as well as to empower contemporary creatives. EMOWAA intends to do this by providing infrastructure, research and education as well as capacity building opportunities for scholars and creative professionals across West Africa. 

This first building under construction will provide modern research facilities for artists and academics from across West Africa, and Archaeological and Material Lab. This 4000 sqm facility will provide the digital equipment and facilities to support the storage and study of West Africa’s unique cultural knowledge base and bring to life our imagined futures into 2D/3d reality for global access and engagement.

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