I saw a young black man who parked his car opposite one popular café around my neighbourhood; he wears a brown vest that’s so big. The man reminds me of my father’s pictures he took around 90’s. He walked towards the café door with a cigarette between his fingers. I wondered what the security men would do to him. What kind of guy is he? What gave him the courage to smoke in public? These were the thoughts that were on my mind as I was sitting in my office.
You know that awkward moment when you are sitting in an office doing absolutely nothing. That’s was my case until it was as if someone pinched me and whispered to my ears “Why don’t you go to the Thought pyramid art centre”. – I breathed in and out.
The network was so bad that day that I was unable to do anything with my black desktop computer. It was 5:30 pm (17:30) already, so I hurriedly shut down the system, locked the office and then boarded a taxi that took me to 18, Libreville crescent Off Amino Kano Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja where the Thought Pyramid Art Centre is located.
The Thought Pyramid Art Centre is a one storey building with beautiful carpet grasses. Starting from the gate of the building to the inside is decorated with fascinating arts and designs. I walked into the reception on the ground floor. I asked the curator how much the entry fee is; he said it’s free of charge. You need to see how I reacted when I heard FREE OF CHARGE. Though, he warned me never to take pictures except for selfie.
The Thought Pyramid Art Centre is just a few years old. It was built in 2012. It was built in a quest to tie the gap between profit-making galleries (Commercial) and traditional galleries. The gallery was specially built to serve as an ‘’Alternative gallery’’. According to the information I got from their website, the thought pyramid art centre, Abuja has core mission which are
- To Collect,
- Conserve and
- To study modern and contemporary arts of Africa and the Africa Diaspora.
The Thought Pyramid Art Centre is really fulfilling its mission. That is to collect and conserve. The artworks are all original artworks from different artists. The artworks are so beautiful and worth appreciating. I was marvelled when I saw an artwork that was made with pieces of papers. I think the artist torn newspapers and magazines to do that. When you stand far from the art, you will not know that it was made from pieces of papers.
Things To Note
- There is a large space for exhibitions
- There is also a space for visual arts and events.
- For art lovers, there is a program that is organised by the thought pyramid art centre called ‘’learning through art’’. It is for both children and adults
- There is also a library that is stocked with media and non-media materials.
- After viewing the arts, don’t forget to drop your name and comment/remarks
- Put some money in your pocket to buy original artwork.
- Cameras are not allowed.
- Opening time/day is Monday – Saturday (9:00 am – 8:00 pm)
The Thought Pyramid Art Centre is not just a place where one can go and see arts; there are other exciting programs that hold there. Programs like workshop, symposia, music concerts, movies etc.
Don’t bother about where you are going to pack your car because there is already enough space for you and it's free of charge though a car is parked at owner’s risk.
Where To Stay
For those that will be coming from far places, there are hotels around thought pyramid art centre
Where to Eat
There is a beautiful restaurant at the ground floor called spice platter. They serve all kinds of foods and drinks.
I have been to the Arts and Crafts village in Abuja and I know what it looks like. To tell you the truth, there is a huge difference between the Arts and Crafts village and the Thought Pyramid Art Centre. It’s not a place you go and leave the same. In fact, any art lover or artist that visit the thought pyramid art centre and he/she are not inspired, the person is not an artist. There are whole lots of activities that are being organised almost every month. I would advise you like their Facebook page to keep yourself abreast with information about the thought pyramid art centre.
The thought pyramid art centre is opened to the general public and it’s free of charge.
Have you been to any art gallery? How was the experience? You can use the comment box to share your experience.