Artist statements and motivation notes (or letters) for various kinds of portfolio reviews and entries into artistic and curatorial projects are critical to the development of photographers who intend to push their careers further.

These items act as a cap to the finished work of art or even a work in progress.  Experience has shown that they should be kept short and as simple as possible, straight to the point and without ambiguity.

There are three identifiable reflections within the medium of art photography – the artistic, curatorial and conceptual.  These connect in tandem with each other to define a complete photographic work or a work still in progress that has its foundation in content, context and the relevance of the subject being addressed.

Within this creative body of processes lies the textual component.  Writing is key to the work of the artist and a good artist statement and motivation note helps to give credence and weight to the work to make it stand out and understandable by the critical audience, the media and the public.

Most artists (even photographers) get stuck at the point of writing critical texts for their projects and consequently miss out of opportunities that come their way.  They, therefore, loose exposure to a wider audience provided by platforms like photography festivals, biennales, competitions and awards, artist-in-residency programmes etc.

The workshop aims to address this area identified to be a shortfall in the creative process of photographers in Nigeria. The Nlele Institute faculty (Uche Okpa-Iroha and Charles Okereke) will work with 10 (ten) participants for one week with a series of hands-on writing sessions and reviews.  Sample materials will also be made available as development guide for all the participants.

The participants are required to bring at least two portfolios not more than three years and be ready to be committed to the workshop.

For participation, send your short bio, self-portrait, a motivation letter of not more that 250 words, a recent body of work with a maximum of 20 images (JPEG, 72 dpi and 1200 pixels of the longest side) and an artist statement.

Send all required documents to [email protected]

Workshop fee is N20,000.00 (Twenty Thousand Naira Only)

Date: 13th – 17th June, 2016.

Venue: The Auditorium, Goethe Institut Nigeria, City Hall, 30 Catholic Misssion Street, Lagos Island.

Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm Daily

Deadline for submission of entries is 30th May, 2016

More speakers will be announce soon