About us


Founded by British-Nigerian artist and curator, Zina Saro-Wiwa, The Mangrove Arts Foundation uses Art and Education to regenerate the environmentally-degraded Niger Delta, a region that is of global importance to the world’s oil economy but has seen scandalously little development and is beset by a vicious cycle of violence. The Niger Delta is perceived by many as a casualty of the oil industry, a territory that has been reduced to a wasteland by corruption, militancy and environmental degradation. Historically, however, this is a place rich in cultural and artistic traditions that, for local economic survival and for global posterity, must be protected, revived and developed. The Mangrove Arts Foundation is dedicated to facilitating opportunities for artists to create powerful socially and historically-engaged art in the Niger Delta. Through our arts and education-centred projects we will give back to the world: new art works; a population better educated about it’s own history with a way of envisioning the future through art practises; a region that sees a way out of endemic violence as well as a powerful contribution to the global conversation about environmentalism and the anthropocene.