This is the start of the anthropological research into the Mbari houses with Amarachi Okafor (Amara). I will be flying out to Abuja in November to meet up with Amara, who is now a curator at the National Art Gallery there, and we will travel to Owerri her home town to carry out a survey of the Mbari still standing and the contemporary versions. During the latter part of December we will go to Lagos to connect with other contemporary African artists living and working there.
It is with great delight that l acknowledge the support of the Arts Council of England Grants for the Arts, who have made this project possible, leading on to the joint exhibitions of our work in both London and Nigeria. Other funding applications are currently under review.
Bath Spa University and Weston College have also agreed to a two month sabbatical from teaching duties to carry out this investigation, to whom l am also indepted.