Internationally renowned artist Yinka Shonibare MBE

Compton Verney is delighted to be shortlisted by Yinka Shonibare MBE to host Museums at Night event at the end of October 2015.
Staff will work with Shonibare to turn the idea of an elite supper club for the few into a sensory cultural feast for the many

Contemporary reflections on the issues and ideas raised by particular works in Compton Verney’s collections will be provided through performance, food and costume. Including Reynolds, Sir Joshua (1723-92) Mrs Baldwin in Eastern Dress.

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Reynolds, Sir Joshua (1723-92) Mrs Baldwin in Eastern Dress.

Party goers will dress flamboyantly and enjoy sensory treats, specially created canapés and a range of performances by young creatives.

Yinka Shonibare MBE Cake Man II, 2014 Courtesy of the Artist. Photograph: Stephen White, 2014. © The Artist
Yinka Shonibare MBE
Cake Man II, 2014
Courtesy of the Artist. Photograph: Stephen White, 2014. © The Artist

Shonibare’s work explores issues of race and class through the media of painting, sculpture, photography and film. His trademark material is the bright ‘African’ batik fabric he buys at Brixton market. The fabric was inspired by Indonesian design, mass-produced by the Dutch and sold to the colonies in West Africa becoming in the 1960s a new sign of African identity and independence.

Biography:

  • Fine Art at Byam Shaw College of Art (now Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design) and then at Goldsmiths College, where he received his MFA, graduating as part of the ‘Young British Artists’ generation.
  • Following his studies, worked as a arts development for Shape Arts
  • Shonibare was a Turner prize nominee in 2004 and awarded the MBE, which he has added to his professional name.
  • Produced the first public art commission on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square ‘Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle’ in 2010
  • In 2013 he was elected Royal Academician by the Royal Academy of Arts.
Yinka Shonibare MBE Nelson's Ship in a Bottle, 2010 Courtesy of the Artist and National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Photograph: Stephen White, 2010. © The Artist
Yinka Shonibare MBE
Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, 2010
Courtesy of the Artist and National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Photograph: Stephen White, 2010. © The Artist

The gallery has made it to the final four in a national competition organised by Connect! and faces competition from Hackney Museum, the Museum of Oxford, the Novium and Towcester Museum.
We are completely reliant on YOUR VOTES to make this great opportunity to work with Yinka Shonibare MBE happen. Voting opens at 11am on Friday 1 May and continues until 8pm on Saturday 16 May. Make this exciting project happen by casting your online vote, all you will need is a valid email address to vote. http://bit.ly/YinkaShonibare

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