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Poor patronage, lack of government support discouraging visual artists in Nigeria - SNA, Chairman
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By Lana Afolabi
February 12, 2018 06:02:14am GMT      |      Views: 534
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WorldStage Newsonline--- The Chairman, Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA), Lagos Chapter,  Dotun Alabi has identified poor patronage and lack of government as some of the problems confronting visual art industry in the country.

Alabi who lamented about the plight of the artists in the sector said the trend was impeding on the development of visual art in the country.

He said that this had led many students of the arts to go for other means of livelihood after school as they could not profitably practice their act for survival.

“An average Nigerian thinks it is outrageous for him or her to spend some money on buying art works.

“That makes the arts the least patronised area of employment in the country and with government not giving a lending hand to its development,” he said.

Alabi also a practitioner of visual art appealed to the Federal Government to come up with programmes that would encourage the practice of the arts in the country.

He said that this would encourage the public to appreciate artists in the country.

“The art sector is a tool for national development and we have been hammering on it; look at the U.S., India and other countries that we watch their Telemoundo.

“They export these films to our country, we accept them but we have not thoughts of ways to develop ours, it is very disheartening,’’ he said.

He said that government could also promote the art sector through the construction of more galleries, giving special grants to artists and making the subject compulsory for secondary school students.

“If art is properly promoted, many youths will embrace it, and such will divert their attention away from crime,’’ he said.

According to Alabi, art can contribute enormously to the income of the country in the area of tourism if properly harnessed.

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