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The National gallery of Art of Nigeria (NGA) was established by Decree No. 86 of 1993 in fulfillment of a provision of Nigeria’s cultural policy which recommends that a National Gallery of Art be established for the promotion and presentation of creative visual art in Nigeria. This recommendation derives from the UNESCO document on the World Decade for Cultural Development (WDCD). Its corporate headquarters is located in Abuja, the Federal capital Territory (FCT).


To Become a World Class Gallery and a Global Tourists Destination.


To Serve as a Repository for Nigeria’s creative spirits and to promote the appreciation of Nigeria’s Art.


The Gallery is charged with the responsibility of:

a) acquiring and collecting Nigerian works of art;

b) organizing permanent and temporary exhibitions;

c) organizing competitions and talent hunts in fine and applied arts;

d) receiving donations and endowments to support the National

collections of works of art;

e) sponsoring and encouraging research into all aspects of arts;

f) organizing workshops, lectures, seminars and conferences on

the theory, practice and appreciation of arts;

g) establishing and maintaining a Documentation Centre on Arts

and Artists, and

h) promoting excellence in the theory and practice of art through

the award of grants to artists and art scholars.


The Decree provides for the following membership::-

  • A Chairman
  • The Director-General/Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • One representative of the Federal Ministry of Culture & Tourism;
  • One representative of the Society of Nigerian Artists;
  • One representative of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM);
  • One representative of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC);
  • One representative of the National Institute of Architects;
  • Five (5) other persons, at least one of whom shall be a woman, knowledgeable in the various discipline of art


The Management of the National Gallery is headed by the Director-General who is also a member of the Board. The Director-General is responsible for the day to day affairs of the National Gallery assisted by five Directors who head five different specialized Departments.

The Director-General and Directors who head professional Departments must be persons knowledgeable in art and culture matters in general and in Nigerian art, culture and Society in particular and must be educated in a relevant discipline at a minimum of the degree of Master.

The Director-General must be a person with relevant publications in standard and refereed Journals while the professional Directors must show evidence of research and publications. A high level of experience in exhibitions and presentation of academic papers is also required.


There are also the Audit, Public Relations / Protocol, Legal, Marketing and Information Technology (I.T) units under the office of the Director-General.


The Gallery is mainly funded from the Federal Government budgetary allocations. It shall receive funds from the National Endowment for the Art when it comes on board , from gifts and donations as well as from its own sources of revenue, including sales of art works, as well as books and publications.

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