About us

Founded by British-Nigerian artist and curator, Zina Saro-Wiwa, the Mangrove Arts Foundation is dedicated to facilitating opportunities for artists to create powerful socially and historically-engaged art in the Niger Delta. 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. We want to facilitate the creation of art that excavates and produces fresh story-telling about the Niger Delta. We also seek to facilitate the creation of new works that boldly re-imagine the very scope and definition of environmentalism.