Founded in: 2003
+60 artworks in Aworanka
Terra Kulture Art Gallery is a part of Terra Kulture Arts and Studios, a multifunctional cultural, educational, and recreational organization that was set up in 2003 to promote the richness and diversity of Nigerian languages, arts, and culture, by Mrs. Bolanle Austen-Peters. The organization was founded based on Mrs. Austen-Peters’ abiding passion and respect for all cultures and her observation that there were few institutions effectively supporting Nigerian culture and providing the right ambiance for Nigerians and foreigners to learn about Nigeria’s cultural and linguistic heritage.
The Terra Kulture Art Gallery portrays the richness of Nigerian culture through the abundant talent of its artistes, where it finds the most expression. With numerous pieces showcasing some of the finest works of Nigerian artists, the Terra Kulture Art Gallery is a destination all on its own for any art enthusiast in Lagos. The Terra Kulture art gallery features a remarkable collection of paintings, photographs, and sculptures, including the works of some of Nigeria’s most revered names. In line with its aim of promoting and showcasing the best of Nigerian art and culture, the Terra Kulture Art Gallery provides a platform for new and emerging talent, alongside older, more established names. Since inception, the Terra Kulture art gallery has organized, funded and provided space for no less than 30 exhibitions and now boasts a reputation as one of the premier art exhibition venues in Nigeria. The gallery has been in partnership with the Ford Foundation since inception.
In addition to the Terra Kulture Art Gallery, the Terra Kulture Arts and Studios organization comprises of the Nigerian language and craft school, reading and documentation centre, food lounge and the Terra Arena, a multipurpose theatre. In its 16 years of existence Terra Kulture has organized over 30 art exhibitions , 135 plays, 65 book readings and over 10.000 individual adults and children, as well as school trips, have attended our language classes. In 2009 Terra Kulture established the Terra Kulture Auction house, one of only 2 art auction houses in Nigeria. The Auction House has organized numerous art auctions in Lagos and Abuja.
About the founder
Bolanle Austen-Peters was born on February 4, 1969 in Ibadan, Oyo State to Chief Afe Babalola, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria. She is a Nigerian Businesswoman, Lawyer and award-winning film and theatre director. She got an undergraduate Law degree from the University of Lagos and a Master’s degree in International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is the Founder of Terra Kulture, a private sector initiative that has become a resounding success for being recognized as a major cultural hub in Nigeria for expatriates, students, Hollywood and Nollywood stars, artists, and members of the diplomatic corps.
Bolanle Austen-Peters has facilitated, organized, managed and attended numerous workshops and seminars both within and outside the United Nations system on various issues. Prior to that, she had worked as a Lawyer with United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, New York, Ethiopia and Namibia. She returned to Nigeria in 2001 as Consultant to UNDP, Lagos. She has attended numerous workshops and seminars in different parts of the world. She also gives lectures on Entrepreneurship and has won numerous awards internationally and locally.
In 2013, Bolanle Austen-Peters established her theatre and film production company called Bolanle Austen-Peters Production (BAP). BAP has produced various musical dramas like SARO the Musical, Wakaa the Musical, Moremi the Musical (the story of the legendary 12th Century Yoruba Legendary Queen) and Fela & The Kalakuta Queens musical, which received global acclaim. BAP also produced popular Nollywood movies 93 Days and The Bling Lagosians, both hugely successful films.
She worked as a Consultant to the Ford Foundation Lagos and helped raise millions of dollars for the Museum through Arts and Business Council.