Across the world, an ideal airport terminal has gone beyond just being a place where passengers are processed for travel. It has transformed to become an edifice that houses several shops, malls, art galleries, exhibition centres amongst others.
Nigeria is beginning to get in touch with the international transformation that has swept through airport terminals.
It was therefore with excitement that passengers welcomed the launch of a new art gallery put together by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), the operator of the Murtala Muhammad Airport Terminal Two (MMA2).
The art gallery has become a place where travellers meet arts, culture and artefacts.
The art gallery is expected to enhance passenger experience at the terminal.
Named ‘The Art Experience,’ the art gallery was launched to celebrate BASL 16th anniversary.
The gallery has various compartments that would delight passengers.
There will be a normal component where we will sell art, interact with it and expose it to the people.
There will also be a place for collectors, but the most important as described by Bi-Courtney is to use the platform to celebrate Nigeria and encourage people.
The gallery, designed to enhance the standard of operation and passenger experience, features Nigerian arts and culture, promoting innovation and providing a platform for young artists to interact with art enthusiasts, Wale Babalakin, chairman of BASL said.
Describing the gallery as the parlour of the airport, Wilson Agu, manager of the Art Gallery said the gallery is expected to be a projector of Nigerian cultures.
He also stated the establishment of the art gallery at MMA2 reflects BASL’s commitment to showcasing Nigerian art and culture, fostering innovation, and providing a platform for emerging artists to engage with art enthusiasts and experts.
“This is to have a platform where art can live, thrive and interact with people,” Agu said.