Stakeholder want FG to harness cultural art exhibitions for sustainable development

Auchi (Edo) – Mr Chris Ogiebor, the Chief Executive Officer, Merit Interior Gallery, on Monday called on the Federal Government to harness cultural arts exhibitions for sustainable development.
Ogiebor made the call at the maiden edition of the Edo North Arts Expo, organised by the School of Arts and Industrial Design, Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo.
According to him, cultural art exhibitions will bring transformation to the country, help to build bridges among the people and strengthen mutual relationships, if given the needed attention.
Ogiebor said that such exhibitions could also contribute to the creation of enduring and sustainable development.
He said that citizens would be more aware of indigenous arts and better appreciate them during and after such exhibitions.
“Cultural art exhibitions are capable of creating platforms for participants to display their creative abilities and contribute to the economic growth of the country.
“Exhibitions are designed to give opportunity to artistes to display art works with a view to developing their creative abilities for economic empowerment,” he said.
Earlier, the Dean, School of Arts and Industrial Design, Auchi Polytechnic, Mr Emmanual Afolayan, said the exhibitions would reawaken the consciousness of the people to appreciate arts and culture.
“The art exhibition is to encourage young minds to the field of art and to attract the public to appreciate art works,’’ he said.
Afolayan said that the art exhibition, expected to last for five days, would showcase a variety of art collections.
He said that the exhibition would include painting master pieces, wood, bronze, stone, metal sculpture, and bead works, and would also depict fashion, lifestyles and philosophy. (NAN)

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