1998-2002  – BA (Hons) Fine & Applied Arts (Painting, Major, 2:1), University of Nigeria Nsukka

2004-2006 – MFA Sculpture, University of Nigeria Nsukka

2011-2012   – MA (Curatorial Practice), Falmouth University, Cornwall, UK 



Area of expertise: Arts Marketing/ Administration/Advocacy/Fundraising/ Budgeting/ Project Management/ Cultural Policy/ Public Relations/ Events Management and Organizing/Overseeing learning and education/Motivated Studio Practice

Key Skills: Research, Writing, Attention to detail, Critical thinking, Perseverance

1999 – Work Experience, Afrika Studio [El Anatsui Studio], Nsukka, Nigeria

1999-2000-  Studio Assistant, Afrika Studio, Nsukka, Nigeria

2002 –  Co-ordinator, Platoon Theatre Group, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation Camp, Bauchi, Nigeria

2002-2003-  Fine Arts Teacher, Command Day Secondary School, 33 FAB Shadawanka Barracks, Bauchi, Nigeria (NYSC)

2008- 2012-  Curatorial Assistant,  National Gallery of Art Abuja, Nigeria

2012 – Work Experience, October Gallery London (Gallery Assistant)

2012 – Volunteer Steward, Penzance Convention, Cornwall, UK

2012 –  Assistant, Falmouth University submission center for Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012 [organized by Parker Harris contemporary visual art specialists]

2012 – 2014-   Senior Curator,  National Gallery of Art Abuja, Nigeria




2008-  Curatorial Assistant , First African Regional Summit and Exhibition on Visual Arts (ARESUVA) 2008, National Gallery of Art, Abuja

2010 –  Curatorial Assistant, ‘The March of History; Evolution of the Nigerian Nation: Trials and Triumphs, Nigeria’s 50th Independence Anniversary photo exhibition 1960-2010’, National Gallery of Art, Abuja

2012 –  Co-curator Scattered Plots & Routes We Take, A solo exhibition by international artist Katja Davar, Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange, Cornwall


Art (Collaborative)

2008  –  Shared Perspectives a cross-cultural research-based project on ‘Mbari Owerri’ (with UK artist Kate Parsons), Owerri, Imo State- Nigeria

2010 –  I am Bahamian. I eat Conch Salad An intervention with 8 fashion designers/visual artists, The Hub Gallery, Nassau, The Bahamas

2014 – Ask Yourself  is a multi-dimensional playful and experiential art event-series. A public art intervention performed in 4 locations in Abuja over 8 days. Ask Yourself is significant for having up to 351 people physically participating in the project, and 7,165 people through online resources, another arm of the Ask Yourself intervention.



2004 –  Residency, Aina Onabolu Studios, National Gallery of Art Lagos, Nigeria  

2007 –  Winner UNESCO Aschberg. Artist residency, Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder Trondheim, Norway  2007

2008 –  Winner ARESUVA, National Gallery of Art exhibition grant for ARESUVA ’08 (first African Regional Summit and Exhibition on Visual Arts), Abuja-Nigeria

2009 –  Residency, Nkd (Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Dalsåsen), Norway

2009/2010 –  Winner Commonwealth Connections 2009 [An Award of the Commonwealth Foundation]. Artist residency, Popopstudios Centre for the Visual Arts, Nassau, Bahamas

2014 –  Winner Jury Prize, National Art Competition 2014, Nigeria


2007 –  Artist Talk, Spike Island Studios, Bristol, UK

2007 –  Artist Talk, Weston College/Bath Spa University, W-S-M, UK

2007 –  Artist Talk, Kuumba project, St.Paul’s, Bristol, UK    2007

2010 – Art Workshop with Children living with HIV, in collaboration with Antonius Roberts [Programme of the Aids Foundation, Nassau, The Bahamas]

2010 –  Artist Talk, Popopstudios centre for the Visual Arts, Nassau, The Bahamas

2011 –  The Artist-Curator, an artist-curator Talk presented to the Curatorial Dept., National Gallery of Art, Abuja

2012 –  In Conversation (with Lucy Azubuike, Amarachi Okafor, Victorian Udondian, and Curator Gabriella Salgado), Tiwani Contemporary London

2013 –  WORKSHOP WITH AMARACHI OKAFOR. Thinking About Exhibitions: on art exhibitions and the curatorial role, A 5 day capacity building training/workshop delivered by me, to staff of Curatorial Services Department, National Gallery of Art,Abuja  15th – 19th April 2013


Individual Exhibitions:

2007 –  Open Studio, Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder

 2007 –  Europe at Financial Times, Babel Art Gallery, Trondheim

2008 –  Africa West, Oriel Mostyn Gallery Llandudno Wales, UK

2009 –  Seven Days Live Art: Presentation of art pieces daily, in several places, in Dalsasen, Dale I Sunnfjord, Norway  2009

2009 –  Open Studio to work in Progress, Nkd Dalsasen, Dale I Sunnfjord, Norway

2014 – Ask Yourself , Several public locations, 2 days, each location, 8hrs/day: JSS Nyanya 1, Abuja; Wuse Market, Abuja; FCT College of Education Zuba, Abuja; Federal Secretariat, Abuja -Nigeria.


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2001 –  Women in Art exhibition, FCT Council for Arts and Culture, Abuja

2001 –  Footprints, Ana Gallery, UNN

2002 –  Artytude, an association of Fine Arts Students exhibition, Art Theatre, UNN

2002 –  BA Degree Award Exhibition, Fine Arts Department, UNN

2002 –  Heritage, FCT Council for Arts and Culture, FCT Abuja

2002 –  Women in Art Exhibition, A National Gallery of Modern Art Exhibition, National Gallery of Modern Art, Lagos

2002 –  Exhibition organized by Chinze Art Place Abuja Sheraton Hotel, Abuja

2003 –  Heritage, a Federal Capital Territory Council for Arts and Culture exhibition, FCT Abuja

2004 –  Visual Orchestra, Alliance Francaise, Enugu

2004 –  Afrika Heritage 2004, a Pan African Circle of Artists (PACA), Exhibition, Alliance Francaise, Enugu

2006 –  20th Century Art: a Story from Nigeria, an ‘Off Show’ at Dak’Art 2006, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar-Senegal

2007 –  Make-Op/Zombification (Performing Anthropology) Interdisciplinary Theatre Performance, practical workshop and presentation. Goethe-Institut Lagos, Nigeria Jan.

2007 –  Guest Artists’ Open Studios, Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder Trondheim, Norway

2007 –  MFA Graduation Exhibition, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)

2008 –  ARESUVA 2008, International Conference Centre Abuja, Nigeria

2008 –  Experimental frontiers: Society Through the Eyes of South African and Nigerian Artists, Vansa Western Cape Space, South Africa

2008 –  Art 4: Channel Four Television Corporation, London, UK

2009 –  FIAC Alger 2009, The 1st International Festival of Contemporary Art of Algiers, Musée National d’Art Moderne et Contemporain

2009 –  International Art Expo Nigeria 2009 [with Joe Musa Gallery], National Museum Onikan, Lagos

2010 –  I am Bahamian. I eat Conch Salad, an art experience/intervention with visual artists and fashion designers-The Hub Gallery, Nassau, The Bahamas

2010 –  RAVY (RENCONTRES D’ARTS VISUELS DE YAOUNDÉ), Festival. Yaoundé- Cameroun

2012 –  We Face Forward: Art From West Africa Today, a cultural Olympiad exhibition of the London 2012 Olympic, Manchester Art Gallery, UK

2013 –  From Within, An exhibition of National Gallery of Art Kaduna, Nigeria

2014 –  Playing With Chance, An exhibition of El Anatsui’s archives/ the works of 3 of his female mentees- celebrating Anatsui at 70, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos

2014 –  Together Again, An exhibition of National Gallery of Art Kaduna, Nigeria

2014 –  Women In National Development, Female Artists of Nigeria Exhibition, in partnership with Institut Francais, Transcorp Hilton Abuja

2014 –  National Art Competition (NAC), 2014, Civic Centre Lagos

2015 –  Anya Fulu Ugo, an exhibition in honour of El Anatsui and Obiora Udechukwu, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Nigeria

2015 – Equator #3 Biennale Jogjakarta, Jogja National Museum, Jogjakarta Indonesia

2015 – Created To Glorify, Family Worship Centre, Wuye-Abuja

2015 – Consumption By Moonlight 1, The Environmental Art Garden, Alvan Ikoku Way, Maitama- Abuja.

2017- Nkolika, Exhibition Pavilion, Abuja Nigeria

2017- Colourful Africa, MOESHEN Gallery, Abuja Nigeria





Amarachi Okafor by ORIE STUDIO