Itinéraire Culture 2019: Papa Omotayo 2/2

Papa Omotayo, architect, creative director of MOE+Art Architecture and founder of A Whitespace Creative Agency, spoke to us about his experience during the Itinéraire Culture program in France organised by the French Ministry of Culture between the 11th and 21st of June 2019.

Find the first part of the Itinéraire Culture 2019 interviews here.

What was your motivation for participating in the Itinéraire Culture program?

I wanted to learn and explore opportunities with French cultural organisations, especially those working in art and public space, in the hope of finding for collaborators.

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What were your expectations ahead of the program?

The hope was there would be some shared knowledge and access to some of the know how, knowledge and structure of the amazing networks France has within arts and culture.

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Were your expectations met?

The program far exceeded my expectations. The various participants who also took part in the program really maximized the experience, which made the program feel truly global. The access to French cultural institutions, the directors and organisation, the entire team in France who looked after us, were all exceptional. It was a truly remarkable opportunity and experience.

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Did you make contacts for possible future projects?

We are currently discussing with one of the participants in India and one of the French organisations we met about projects to develop. We hope to connect more with some of the other organisations we met with in Paris. I hope to keep the contact of Nicolas at the Ministry in Paris who was fantastic and continues to be a valuable point of contact.

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What are your future projects?

We would like to do a series of cross cultural projects, working with creatives and artists in France and Nigeria on an exchange, hopefully to tie into our yearly Tiwan Tiwa Street Art Festival. We are also developing an existing canal into a cultural space here in Lagos and hope to work with one or two of the French organisations we met.

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What did you find most interesting/odd about France?

The depth of commitment to the arts and culture was inspirational.

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Any more thoughts on your experience at the Itinéraire Culture program?

Extremely grateful. Thank you all.

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Dernière modification : 16/08/2019

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