Collaborative Workshop

SMART  Power Workshop at University of Lagos by Brett Cook
  
The  collaborative workshop session for the second art entrepreneurship workshop for professional artists and students of tertiary institutions by the Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos was held in two separate periods from 13-18 April and 7-12 June 2012.  This year, the department hosted a guest artist in the first series of collaborative workshop sessions involving photography, writing and drawing anchored by Brett Cook, a well-established African-American artist from Berkeley, California.  Cook has carried out numerous public projects in the US, the Caribbean, and Mexico. His prized collections can be found in the Smithsonian Institute’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, Studio Museum of Harlem in New York and Harvard University. 
He is a recipient of the smARTpower residency in Nigeria funded by the US Department of State. Cook shared his work with interested participants and also conducted these workshops in tune with his conceived project for Nigeria titled Sharing Culture at the workshop and in subsequent spaces under the joint partnership of the Bronx Museum of Arts, USA and the Women and Youth Art Foundation, Nigeria.  


the participant at the workshop



the participants, Mr Olu Okekanye and Jimoh Ganiyu sharing their views about the workshop with Kathleen Starfford



Kathleen appreciating one of the collaborative artworks

Brett Cook with the participants

 
The Director, WYART Foundation  Dr. Peju Layiwola and one of the participants
The workshop focused on the spirit of oneness, togetherness and interconnectedness  to achieve communal goals. To most of the participants it is more than just an art workshop. It was an opportunity to learn the essence of recognizing the prowess in unifying individual skills for greater achievement in human existence.
thumbs up Brett!

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