Deadline: 30th April 2021

The Akete Art Foundation is delighted to announce a joint 3rd and 4th Edition of the Lagos Biennial which will hold in November 2021 and November 2023. Due to the current global pandemic and travel constraints, this iteration of the biennial has been split over two editions with the 2021 edition beginning the process and conceptualization of what will be a series of large-scale exhibitions in 2023.
Themed “Refuge”, the 2021 edition of the Lagos Biennial will be captured in a Three Edition publication which will also catalog the last 2 editions of the biennial. Remote exhibitions and manifestations will be curated in the home countries of participating artists showing processes and concept development for larger productions to be exhibited in 2023 in Lagos. These exhibitions and manifestations may hold in public or private spaces. Online talk sessions, screenings, and walkthroughs will all be accessible on Lagos Biennial online portals in November 2021
The 2023 iteration will take place at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos. Curators, artists, designers, architects, and collectives are invited to submit proposals to participate. Applications will be reviewed by an international jury of leading professionals working in contemporary art, design, and architecture.




Named after Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, Tafawa Balewa Square is situated in the heart of Lagos island. It is surrounded by impressive buildings and memorial sites, and is in constant use for a variety of celebrations and official functions. Originally called “Race Course”, the 14.5-hectare space was covered with concrete and remodelled in 1972 to accommodate state events.

The square has an imposing entrance gate with four giant white horses and seven red eagles suspended above the gateway. Surrounding the square are important buildings including the 26-storied Independence House, which at one point in time, was the tallest building in Nigeria. To its West is The Remembrance Arcade, which commemorates soldiers who fought in WWI, WWII and the country’s civil war. Tafawa Balewa Square is also home to the former Nigerian National Assembly building. At a short distance is the National Museum which holds a collection of ancient Nigerian artefacts.