CADDAK EXHIBITION TERRA KULTURE
LAGOS, NIGERIA 16TH FEB 2008
Background to exhibition
The exhibition at Terra Kulture Gallery in Lagos was the culmination of four previous
workshops working with the same group of craftsmen and women from Northern Nigeria.
It was after the first workshop that the artists formed their own collective, Craft and
Design Development Association Kano (CADDAK). The group comprises many of the
traditional arts and crafts of the region with a broad range of skills and experience.
Previous workshops had looked at how to transfer traditional geometric patterns onto
their crafts and how to reassess some of the approaches and methods and materials behind
With two smaller scale exhibitions behind them ( at the History and Culture Bureau,
Kano and in Katsina), it was felt that the standard and improvement of the work deserved
a bigger and more international stage. Taking a show to Lagos was also seen as a great
way of showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the North ( and predominantly Muslim)
part of the most populous country in Africa.
Working closely with the British Council Kano the Two Tutors from The Prince’s School
of Traditional Arts spent six days in Nigeria to coordinate and set up the exhibition
On the first Sunday the day started with a meeting between the Advisory Panel ( the group of
academics and cultural workers from northern Nigeria), David and Fosuwa from the P.S.T.A. and
Ijeoma Arguba from the British Council Kano.
We discussed the timings and details of the exhibition and began the final selection of works
with members of the advisory panel. Decisions were also taken as to who, from the panel, should
help represent CADDAK in Lagos.
Many of the works had to be unpacked first and identified before undergoing selection.
In the afternoon all the pieces of art and craft that were to be taken to Lagos had to be catalogued
for the gallery with each piece given an identification code.
On the second morning we met the