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Art for Education: Empowering Femme Futures

Merging artistic expression with social impact, this exhibition showcases diverse perspectives and creative voices of 19 African artists across generations. Featuring paintings, drawings, photographs, mixed media, and sculptures, this collaboration between The Real Impact and Forme Femine celebrates art's role in fostering education and empowering young minds, particularly girls in Nigeria.

Art for Education 2023 in partnership with The Real Impact, merges artistic expression with social impact in a powerful and multifaceted exhibition. AFE 2023 marks a pivotal shift in the annual fundraiser hosted by The Real Impact - we partner with The Real Impact to champion a vital cause: empowering the education of girls in Nigeria. The exhibition explores the intricate relationship between art and education, through the diverse voices of 22 emerging, mid-career, and established African artists, highlighting art’s role in creating a brighter future for young women.

Featured Artists include:
Adiza Nzekwe, Kolawole Olalekan, Alimi Adewale, Duke Asidere, Elizabeth Ekpetorson, Mr Danfo, Oluwaseyi Akinwumi, Edosa Ogiugo, Omoze Ahamoije, Faith Uba, Paul Ogunlesi, Philip Nzekwe, Genevieve Kesena, Sadiq Ajibola Williams, Isaac Emokpae, Titilola Fagbemi and Joseph Ogbeide including Young Artists Chinazo Okoye, Chinenye okoye, Ekene Okoye, Gift Jones and Victor Udoh.

In a compelling range of media – paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media works – the exhibition offers a kaleidoscope of perspectives, each contributing to a richer understanding of the "femme" and human experience.
Nineteen emerging, mid-career, and established African artists come together to support themes of identity, empowerment, and the unique challenges and triumphs faced by the girl child.

Some works directly depict the feminine form, others delve into the broader societal landscape that shapes the lives of young women; encompassing a broader spectrum of feminine identities, fostering inclusivity and embracing the diversity of the featured artists. Cityscapes pulsate with energy, reflecting the dynamic urban spaces that girls navigate. Introspective portraits capture the resilience and spirit of young minds, while abstract works evoke the intangible forces that both empower and challenge.

Beyond these artistic expressions, Art for Education 2023 illuminates the critical role education plays in empowering young women. In this year’s edition, we focus specifically on addressing period poverty, a barrier that disproportionately affects girls' access to education. By raising funds to provide period care kits, we aim to ensure that their educational journey remains uninterrupted. This initiative reflects our unwavering commitment to breaking down the barriers that hinder girls from reaching their full potential.
We are particularly proud to feature works by two young artists, Gift Jones and Victor Udoh, whose lives have been directly impacted by the Equipped to Learn initiative. Their inclusion exemplifies the critical role of education and the importance of empowering youthful voices.

Art for Education 2023 is an invitation to engage with art as a catalyst for social change, the exhibition challenges us to reflect on the role of art in shaping a brighter future for all, particularly for women and girls. We invite you to join us in supporting the initiative and contributing to a world where education empowers, uplifts, and unlocks the boundless potential of young girls in Africa.

December 3, 2023 - January 30, 2024


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