About The Nlele Institute

The Nlele Institute

Established in 2013, the Nlele Institute (TNI) is a Pan‐African, autonomous and non‐profit art photography organization.

It exists as a cultural hub that enhances social cohesion through visual learning processes. We are recognized for our professionalism in the study and research of photography throughout Nigeria and the sub region. TNI makes use of all available resources (be it manual or digital) in executing programmes and projects that help create awareness and interest in photography.

We also aim to detect and develop new talents predominantly in grassroots areas. By providing public access to photography and art education, we are able to adequately address the needs of underprivileged (or deprived) communities as they relate to financial inclusion, entrepreneurship, education, gender equality, digital technology and professional training.

TNI is a multiple-portfolio art organization that encompasses:

  1. Nurturing creativity and inculcating professionalism through alternative schooling using workshops, curriculum-based training, and exchange and residency programs.
  2. Archiving of contemporary photography and video works.
  3. Representing and promoting emerging artists.

Our overall aim is to build viable and sustainable programmes and projects that are of benefit to everyone.

Our Programmes

The Academy: Art Photography Education and Training
WORKSHOPS
Alternative Education and Training

Launched in 2013, this platform provides technical and thematic aid for artists’ development processes. The workshops curriculum covers basic, intermediate & advanced level courses on theory & practical/field work.

MENTORSHIP

In February 2018, TNI initiated a five-year mentorship programme to identify, train, and promote a group of 25 young photographers in Nigeria. The programme focuses on the reflective aspect of photography through consistent engagement with the participants…

Art Residencies: Artists’ Development

This programme is designed to foster artistic, intellectual and professional development of photographers by offering working and living facilities that primarily serve their creativity. Our residency encourages the artist to retreat, research, and produce work; whilst we provide studios, project spaces, mobility support, equipment, and a library for the designated period of their residency.

Artists’ Representation, Promotion and Visibility

To democratize photography with key audience participation and to engender exposure in prominent and public spaces; In 2015 TNI established the Lagos OPEN RANGE festival & FOTOPARTY Lagos. Both project uses visual imagery (photography & video art), music, and entertainment to engage the public in unique public spaces within & outside Lagos, Nigeria.

Background

It exists as a cultural hub that enhances social cohesion through visual learning processes. We are recognized for our professionalism in the study and research of photography throughout Nigeria and the sub region. TNI makes use of all available resources (be it manual or digital) in executing programmes and projects that help create awareness and interest in photography…

Our Weekly Schedule

Our Mission
& Audience Outreach

Our mission is to be the pre-eminent art photography training, development and resource centre in Nigeria. Our aim is that our programmes are as immersive as possible – we inspire our local community and the wider art community at large on photography as it is embodied in education, photojournalism, the exploration of historical and contemporary social issues, the sharing of cultural practices, and the promotion of social projects.

Our target group is wide ranging and inclusive, circa 17-55 years old extending from members of the local community, nationally, regionally, as well as international art audiences who we reach through travelling programmes and exhibitions. However, there are no age restrictions to participate in most of our programmes.

Within Lagos, we attract around 8,000 visitors through our Lagos OPEN RANGE platform, FOTOPARTY Lagos and other local satellite exhibitions with organizations such as Goethe-Institut and Video Art Network (VAN) Lagos. Our photography workshops and mentorship programmes also create key community engagement.

Nationally we reach audiences through media outlets including radio, TV, online and print, with a total estimated reach of 50 million. Internationally, we attract audiences through media attention both online and print, from publications such as the Centres of Learning for Photography in Africa (CLPA) Newsletter.