Nigeriaâ€™s largest art festival, Life In My City (LIMCAF), enters its 11th year with some of the most reputable artists and art experts on its competition jury. The 2017 LIMCAF Jury panel is headed by the former president of the Society of Nigerian Artists, Kolade Oshinowo, a distinguished artist and art teacher.
He is joined by an equally eminent team of veteran and contemporary artists such as Joe Musa, former DG of the National Gallery of Art; international artist-curator, Amarachi Okafor; founder of Thought Pyramid Art Centre, Jeff Ajueshi; internationally-acclaimed poet and painter, Nkechi Nwosu-Igbo; and, artistic director of Kaduna-based Masterpiece Artstec, Ayo Aina.
They will be responsible for judging the more than 200 artworks usually entered for the annual competition in 10 zones, out of which 100 is selected for the grand finale in Enugu and from which 15 winners emerge, going away with more than N3 million in prize money. However, at least another 10 artists get consolation prizes and many more get to sell their paintings in Nigeriaâ€™s most recognisable and longest running art festival organised in 10 zones over a six-week period.
According to Kevin Ejiofor, Executive Director of LIMCAF, the 2017 jury were selected, as usual, with the greatest care and to reflect the immense growth of the festival over the past 11 years, as well as to represent the great diversity of artworks usually entered for the festival.
In the meantime entries for the 2017 Festival, which for the first time were online, have since closed and LIMCAFâ€™s zonal exhibitions are beginning this week and into October in Abuja, Lagos, Ibadan, Auchi, Uyo and Enugu. From these zones, 100 finalists will be selected to feature in the Grand Finale Exhibition and Gala night opening in Enugu on Monday October 23 to Saturday, October 28.
For 10 years, LIMCAFâ€™s grand finale has brought the top 25 young Nigerian artists, including the prize winners and youths from across the country, art educators, journalists, curators, collectors, businessmen and art lovers to the Festival in celebration of the artâ€™s enduring splendour.