Restoration of New Sacred Art in the Groves ad Training the Next Generation
The AOTF has carried out 18 major art restoration projects in the Sacred Groves between 2007 and 2022, including 12 major Shrines and monuments, 1500 meters of decorative walls and over 50
sculptures. Most of the work was carried out under the direction of Sangodare Ajala, Susanne Wegner’s adopted son, the original members of the New Sacred Art Movement, new apprentices and local artisans. Now a fully trained, young Restoration Team led by Nurudeen Adebisi and Toyin
Ajayi carry out this important work.
Susanne Wenger House and Art Shop
The Adunni Olorisha Trust-Adunni Osun Foundation (AOTF) is the custodian of Susanne’s house in Osogbo where her adopted daughter, Priestess Doyin Faniyi still lives and continue her mother’s
tradition of opening the house to visitors. People can view Susanne Wenger’s vast personal collection of New Sacred Art, learn more about the history of the Movement and Yoruba traditions, and visit the co-operative Art Shop in the house where art by the New Sacred Art Movement can be
purchased. The restoration of this house is a major undertaking and objective of the AOTF.
Books, Films, Exhibitions, Research
The AOTF published the book: Susanne Wenger: Her House and Her Art Collection and provided assistance to filmmakers making four documentary films. Members of the AOT assisted Susanne and published her book: The Sacred Groves of Osogbo. The AOTF has also hosted exhibitions of New Sacred Art in Lagos. We encourage and assist scholars who wish to do research about Yoruba heritage and the role of Susanne Wenger and the New Sacred Art Movement.