(CEO, Arthouse Contemporary Limited)
Kavita Chellaram is the founder of Lagos-based auctioneers Arthouse Contemporary Ltd, which has a focus on modern and contemporary art from West Africa. She has also established Arthouse Foundation to provoke discourse on contemporary art in Nigeria, through residencies for artists. An avid art collector, Chellaram was inspired to set-up an auction platform in Nigeria to provide transparency in prices and structure on the domestic art market. Since 2008, Arthouse has held annual auctions in Lagos, achieving record sales in Nigeria for pioneer modernists including Ben Enwonwu, Bruce Onobrakpeya, Ablade Glover, Yusuf Grillo, and Uche Okeke. Kavita Chellaram is a trustee of the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts and a member of the African Acquisition Art Fund of Tate Modern in the United Kingdom.