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Shell Petroleum Development Company Joint Venture in a partnership with the Bruce Onobrakpeya Foundation has enrolled 60 young artists from the Niger Delta Region of the country at the Prof. Bruce Onobrakpeya Training Centre in Agbarha-Otor, Delta State for training in arts and crafts
The two-week training would focus on metal construction, ceramics and leather crafts. The participants would afterwards be provided with entrepreneurial opportunities and mentoring under Prof. Bruce Onobrakpeya, a renowned Nigerian printmaker, painter and sculptor.
In an official statement made available by Shell, the Sustainable Development and Community Relations Manager, SPDC, Mr. Igo Weli, is quoted as saying, “Through the training tagged: ‘Arts of the Delta,’ our commitment to achieving sustainable development through youth empowerment in the Niger Delta is being realized.”
Bruce Onobrakpeya, a Nigerian Urhobo printmaker, painter and sculptor. Bruce belongs to the first generation of contemporary artists graduating from the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology (NCAST, presently known as Ahmadu Bello University). His training though based on the Western illusionistic tradition of representational art many of his artworks reflects stylistic elements and compositions that portrays traditional African figural sculpture and decorative arts. He is one of Nigeria’s best Documented artist.
The Bruce Onobrakpeya Foundation (BOF) is a non-governmental organization formed in 1989. BOF’s mission is to bring about the growth of art and culture through the provision of opportunities for artists to improve themselves through skills acquisition and empowerment, also it seeks to promote and develop public interest in the visual arts by creating awareness for the intrinsic values of African art and its benefits to society.
BOF has organized the Amos Tutuola Show, Lagos (2000), the Annual Harmattan Workshop since 1998, and participated at the Commonwealth Heads of State and Government Meeting (CHOGM) Exhibition, Abuja (2003), Art & Democracy Exhibition, Asaba, Delta State (2004), and the Harvest of the Harmattan Retreat Exhibition organized in collaboration with the Pan African University, Lagos (2004) amongst other programmes. In May 2012, BOF featured the works of 20 artists at the Exhibition Bruce Onobrakpeya and Harmattan Workshop Experiment at Kajinol Station in Dakar, Senegal during the 2012 Dakar Biennale.