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Society For Art Collection (SARTCOL) Debuts In Style

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The month of June 2019 marked momentous in the Nigerian history of art as the Society for Art Collection (SARTCOL), a registered organisation committed to providing a platform for the exchange of ideas amongst art collectors and promoting an appreciation for the Arts, was formally inaugurated. The activities kicked off the with the society’s Inaugural Governing Council Meeting held at its secretariat, followed immediately by an Arts Immersion Evening, a celebration of the Arts cum whiskey tasting, at MILIKI private club.

The Society for Art Collection, through systematic, knowledgeable and organized means, seeks to educate collectors on the intricacies of collecting art – provenance and rights of collectors, preserving sustainable collections, respecting the rights of artists, supporting artists, as well as connecting artists with prospective collectors of their works. As intricate as navigating the exclusive path of art collection is, the Society insists on providing the much needed platform for an “educated collection and promotion” of the Arts.

The members of the Governing Council of the Society for Art Collection include: Dr Okey Anueyiagu (Chairman of the Governing Council and Founder of  Dr Okey Anueyiagu Foundation), Ms Ngozi Edozien (Founder and Managing Director of Invivo Partners Limited), Mr Adedotun Sulaiman, MFR (Executive Chairman of Arian Capital Limited), Mr Ibrahim Dikko (Independent Director on the Board of Custodian Investments Plc), Mr Nero Asibelua (Founder of Nero Asibelua Foundation, NAF), Mr Jess Castellote (Director of the Foundation for Contemporary and Modern Visual Arts, FCMVA), Professor Fabian Ajogwu, SAN (Principal Partner of Kenna Partners and Lagos Business School Professor of Corporate Governance), and Mrs Ananya Kaul (Practice Oversight Consultant at KP Nominees). All people who are united by the singular purpose of furthering the cause of art and art collectors in Nigeria and beyond.

The Arts Immersion Evening at MILIKI, courtesy of Kenna Partners (a law firm), was well attended by individuals of exceptional orientation. The highlight of the evening was the much anticipated Whisky Tasting/Immersion Session organised by representatives of Guinness Nigeria Plc (DIAGEO); a learning curve of the evening, insightful and entertaining, all at once.

It was a day that marked the beginning of profound changes in the art industry of Nigeria. The Society for Art Collection has therefore begun an interesting journey. One that will transcend time and barriers, altering economic and socio-cultural landscapes, bringing to light the true purpose of art and its collection (hallowing Art Again): The propagation of life and living.

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