Access Bank ART X Prize 2019 for Emerging Artists in Nigeria (Win N1,500,000 prize plus Residency in London)

Access Bank ART X Prize 2019 for Emerging Artists in Nigeria (Win N1,500,000 prize plus Residency in London)

Deadline: August 16, 2019

Applications are invited for the Access Bank ART X Prize 2019. Since the 2018 edition, the Access Bank ART X Prize has evolved to bolster the efforts of emerging artists who have demonstrated a commitment to careers as professional visual artists.

ART X believes that supporting such talent will ensure the continued growth of the visual art sector in Nigeria. In the absence of infrastructure that exists in other international centres for contemporary art, the Access Bank ART X Prize was launched to contribute to the burgeoning contemporary art sector in Nigeria.


  • N 1,500,000 towards a project in progress
  • Solo presentation of the project at ART X Lagos
  • Mentoring and networking support to realize, promote, and contextualize the project
  • A three month residency at Gasworks in London in 2020


  • Applicant should be a practicing visual artist for 3 years or more
  • Not currently enrolled as a student
  • Be a Nigerian citizen, living and working in Nigeria
  • Collectives or groups are not eligible for the prize


  • All applications must be submitted online.  Submissions in any other format will not be accepted.
  • Submission Requirements:
    • One PDF document containing:
      • 100-word artist statement
      • 100-word narrative bio
      • 3-page maximum CV of highlights, focusing on the last 3 years
      • 250-word proposal of a work in progress to present at ART X Lagos
      • Contact information for 2 references; one must be based in Nigeria
      • Budget detailing expenses incurred to date, outstanding expenses, and income or other monetized support for the project
      • Website and Instagram handle (optional)
    • Images to be submitted:
      • 5 supporting images (no more than 2MB each). These may include images of past work and images related to the proposed project. Complete caption information for each image should be as follows: title, year, medium, dimensions, and any additional information.
      • Image of studio in current state
      • Proof of Nigerian citizenship (National Passport)


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For more information, visit Access Bank ART X.