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Home  An initiative of The Presidency in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Tourism Culture and National Orientation    ABOUT THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL

 

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART

The National Gallery of Art a.k.a NGA was established as a parastatal in the Federal Ministry of Culture and Tourism by an Enabling Act (Decree No.86 of 1993) in fulfillment of the provisions of Nigeria’s Cultural Policy of 1988 and in accordance with the recommendation of the committee of patrons of the World Decade for Cultural Development.

The Enabling Act provided for the citing of its headquarters at Abuja, FCT with offices in other States of the Federation.  At the moment, it has established its presence in Lagos, Oshogbo, Uyo, Umuahia, Port Harcourt, Abakaliki, Igbo-Ukwu, Maiduguri, Minna, Lafia and Sokoto.  Efforts are on hand to do the same in other States of the Federation. 

 

The National Gallery of Art a.k.a NGA was established as a parastatal in the Federal Ministry of Culture and Tourism by an Enabling Act (Decree No.86 of 1993) in fulfillment of the provisions of Nigeria’s Cultural Policy of 1988 and in accordance with the recommendation of the committee of patrons of the World Decade for Cultural Development.

The Enabling Act provided for the citing of its headquarters at Abuja, FCT with offices in other States of the Federation.  At the moment, it has established its presence in Lagos, Oshogbo, Uyo, Umuahia, Port Harcourt, Abakaliki, Igbo-Ukwu, Maiduguri, Minna, Lafia and Sokoto.  Efforts are on hand to do the same in other States of the Federation. 

At the apex of the organization is the Director-General, Mr. Joe Musa assisted by five Directors / Heads of Departments namely; Department of Curatorial Services, Department of Education / National Hall of Fame , Department of Research and Publications (Mr. Kweku Tandor), Department of Finance and Accounts (Mr. O.O. Ogunba) and Department of Administration and Supplies (Mr. Abdullahi Mukson). Presently, the NGA is assisting the National Council for Museums and Monument.

 The Vision and Mission statements of the organization are as represented below:-

VISION

To serve as a repository for artistic creation since the birth of Nigeria as a nation and to promote research, education and appreciation in art and works of art.

MISSION

The systematic collection, preservation, research, display, interpretation and appreciation of works of art representing the creative spirit of the peoples of Nigeria and Nigerians in diaspora.

DEPARTMENTS

At take off as parastatal, the Gallery had three departments namely Administration and Finance, Research and Documentation and Curatorial Services each superintended by a Head of Department under the leadership of the Director.  But following the upgrading of the Gallery’s status there was a restructuring of the Organization with a view to attaining greater performance and achievement of objectives, leading to the creation of five departments each headed by a Director with clearly defined but interrelated schedule under the leadership of the Director-General / Chief Executive Officer (DG/CEO), Mr. Joe Musa.

The Departments  are: -

*        Curatorial Services                       
*        National Hall of Fame & Education    
*        Research and Publications           
*        Finance & Accounts                           
*        Administration and Supplies               

The first three Departments represent the core and professional thrust of the organization while the last two are ancillary or service Departments.  There are also the Audit, Public Relations / Protocol and Legal Units under the office of the Director-General.

The Department of Curatorial Services is charged with the responsibility of acquiring, documenting, promoting and propagating art works and visual artists in Nigeria.  It also handles the mounting of exhibitions nationally and internationally for the organization.

The Department of Education and National Hall of Fame is responsible for the educational activities in the agency such as Saturday Art Club, Guided tours, etc.  It is also responsible for identifying and researching into personalities that would qualify for induction into the Hall of Fame.

The Department of Research and Publications is responsible for researching into the different aspects and forms of art and their practitioners.  It also involves itself in publications both within and outside the organization.

The Department of Finance and Accounts as the name suggests is charged with managing the finances of the organization as it relates to receipts, disbursement, etc.

The Department of Administration and Supplies is responsible for the general administration of the organization as it relates to appointments, promotions, discipline and other sundry administrative issues.  It also has the responsibility of articulating the needs of the organization as it relates to furniture, equipment and other materials with a view to superintending over their supplies. 

PROGRAMMES AND ACTIVITIES

The programmes and activities of the organization are as stated below: 

a.      Annual Independence Anniversary Exhibition.

b.      Talent Hunt of pupils and students in Nursery, Primary and Secondary Schools as well as Tertiary Institutions in the Fine and Applied Arts on the occasion of the Children’s Day Celebration on May 27 every year.

c.      Annual K-12 Art Teachers’ Summer Workshop for visual art teachers, art collectors, art students, art desk journalists, etc., in collaboration with the Centre for African Studies, Ohio State University, USA with whom the organization has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).  It is a train the trainers workshop for the above category of target groups which started in 2001.
d.      Annual Distinguished Lectures

e.      Grants and Sponsorship for Artists
f.       Consultancy Services to MDAs on exhibition matters.
g.      Consultative status to the Nigerian Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA). 

h.      Saturday Art Club sessions and Skill Acquisition Workshops in Painting, Bead, Batik and Tie and Dye Adire making for house wives and youths in line with the NEEDS and MDGs concepts of the Federal Government.

 
 


Mr. Joe Musa is the Director-General of the National Gallery of Art, a parastatal in the Federal Ministry of Culture and Tourism.  He is also the National Coordinator of the Nigerian Arts and Culture Directory Project.
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