Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA)


Yinka and The Novium's Museums at Night Event

Artist Proposals for 24 hour Inventive Factory event

Call for proposals!

20 August to 24 September

A once in a life time completely unique event never to be repeated again... and we want you to be part of it.

If you are creative, have artistic flair, musical talents or love performing then we'd love to hear from you. This is open to everyone - whether your a seasoned performer or part of a group who have never performed publicly.

Join us an be part of the national Museums at Night festival where creativity and culture combine in a spectacular participatory event.

Proposals will be shortlisted by Yinka Shonibare MBE who will also be participating in the event.

The Event

Areas of the museum will become Inventive Factories with a different creative focus and activity at each area. This will create a mini festival event involving music, performance and art.  Participants and visitors to the event will be encouraged  to create artwork in response to the museum's collection as well as stories of local individuals.  The objects and artwork that are produced at the event will then be retained as an Alternative Museum collection to be exhibited at the museum for a short period afterwards.

Some proposal examples

These are an idea type of thing we're looking for...

The museum has a very unusual set of mobile stocks which would have been wheeled through the streets of Chichester with a miscreant in chains seated on top. A cardboard recreation of the stocks which visitors can sit in and compliments sung at them them rather than abuse. Take some photos of the Compliment Stocks to be displayed in the Alternative Museum collection.

Using some of the objects on display, perhaps the disembodied Bosham head, create an interactive storytelling performance about it's mysterious past. Situated in the Ground Floor accessible toilet and title this factory area as Storytelling Toilet Time. Film snippets of the stories created to become part of the Alternative Museum collection.

Take inspiration from the local Shippam's food factory display to ask people to create their own futuristic recipes for pate and soup. Or invite visitors to be part of a sausage promotional campaign by designing posters, sausages skins, soup can labels etc. These drawn creations could either be photographed or displayed to become part of the Alternative Museum collection.

Responding to Roman Chichester and the bath house a small group of 6 dancers perform a short dance on the Ground floor area, which they repeat twice over an hour. In between they show visitors how they created their dance and possibly teach people a step or move from the dance. Film footage of the dance will then go on show as part of the Alternative Museum collection.

How to apply

Please visit The Novium download the document. This tells you all the information, dos and don'ts and exactly how the selection process will work.


The Crowning, 2007
The Crowning, 2007

Wilderness into a Garden, Daegu Art Museum, South Korea

30th May - 18th October 2015

In 2015 the Daegu Art Museum will present a solo show of Yinka Shonibare, a British-Nigerian artist.
Approximately 80 of his pieces including sculptures, two-dimensional works, installations, and video works will be on display, showcasing his extensive range of art. The exhibition will be comprised of six sub-themes: money, play, empire, conflict, environment, and love.
Shonibare employs an adaption of individual elements upon which our common impressions of African people have been predicated in his own artistic idioms. His mannequins wearing traditional African costumes in bright, loud colors are a symbol, metaphor, and implication of the violent imperialism Western powers have committed in the past century toward the “black continent”. Hidden behind the mannequins’ humorous, hilarious actions is the artist’s criticism of the “monster of outrageous capitalism” dominating the spirits of people around the world. The Daegu Art Museum has paid special attention to his works since the topics he raises such as colonialism, post-colonialism, globalization, and cultural identity are inextricably bound up withKorea’s historical and cultural contexts.
As in the African continent, deep scars caused by imperialist plunders are still left in many Asian countries’ social structures and Asian people’s collective consciousness. Such scars, however, remain untreated and forgotten by capitalism’s excessive stimulation, causing Asians to completely lose their identities. After all, the severance of tradition and history that resulted from physical invasion and plunder tragically causes spiritual depredation in Asia. This tragic situation in Asia is none other than what Shonibare criticizes about Africa’s political, spiritual and cultural circumstances in relation with Western powers. This accounts for his work’s universality.
Past history is important because the social structures of today have stemmed from it. As such, we have to reflect our present social systems onto the mirror of history since a future society will be determined by our present aspects. In his work, Shonibare presents how the enormous saw-toothed wheels of history continuously and organically operate. His artistic language will serve as a special momentum to bring Korean and East Asian viewers to the recovery of their historical consciousness, cultural identity, and self-reflection.


Yinka Shonibare’s Wind Sculpture comes to Howick Place, Victoria

24 February 2014

A striking, site-specific sculpture by internationally-renowned artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE has been given the green light by Westminster Council, as part of Howick Place in Victoria, London.

Doughty Hanson & Co Real Estate and Terrace Hill, the joint developers behind the new landmark building at 1-5 Howick Place, commissioned Wind Sculpture through art consultants HS Projects. It is expected to be installed in Wilcox Place this spring and will serve as an integral part of the area’s development, which is rapidly becoming Victoria’s vibrant new ‘cultural quarter’.

Wind Sculpture, measuring 6 metres by 3 metres, will explore the notion of harnessing movement, through the idea of capturing and freezing a volume of wind in a moment in time. The work will echo the sails from his Fourth Plinth commission in Trafalgar Square, ‘Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle’, now on permanent display outside the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

The captivating piece will have special resonance at Howick Place, named after Viscount Howick, later 2nd Earl Grey, one of the main architects of the Reform Act 1832, Catholic emancipation and the abolition of slavery in the British Empire. Wind Sculpture continues Shonibare’s focus on themes of colonialism, trade, and race and will employ the artist’s signature use of batik Dutch wax fabric designs - materials which have become synonymous with African identity.

Designed by award winning architects Rolfe Judd, Howick Place is architecturally stunning and includes just over 143,000 sq ft of commercial space and 23 luxury residential apartments, with spacious terraces offering expansive views over London’s most iconic sights. Situated midway between the fashion centres of Bond Street and Sloane Street, Howick Place is also recognised as a sought-after destination among a community of stylish tenants. It has already attracted the Head Office of Giorgio Armani S.p.A, to 5 Howick Place, with international auction house Phillips, the design studio of Marc Newson and HQ’s of luxury brands Tom Ford and Jimmy Choo – with Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Moët Hennessy and Richemont a stone’s throw away. Reflecting this sense of art and culture, Wind Sculpture, is the developers’ contribution to the ongoing renaissance of the area.


Globe Head Ballerina
Globe Head Ballerina
2012 Yinka Shonibare MBE

Yinka Shonibare Globe Head Ballerina

Yinka Shonibare's Globe Head Ballerina modelled on The Royal Ballet's Melissa Hamilton.

A unique artwork by Yinka Shonibare, Globe Head Ballerina is the latest public sculpture by the artist. This piece is a life size work based on a photograph of ballerina Margot Fonteyn. Typical of Shonibare’s previous work, the costume is made of African Dutch wax fabric and the dancer has a Victorian-style globe as her head. Encased within a large snow globe style sphere the ballerina rotates on Pointe. 


Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, Fibreglass, steel, brass, resin, UV ink on printed cotton textile, linen rigging, acrylic and wood
Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, Fibreglass, steel, brass, resin, UV ink on printed cotton textile, linen rigging, acrylic and wood

Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle

at National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle by Yinka Shonibare MBE is a 1:30 replica of Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory, on which he died during the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805. It has 80 cannon and 37 sails set as on the day of battle. The richly patterned sails were inspired by Indonesian batik, mass-produced by Dutch traders and sold in West Africa. Today these designs are associated with African dress and identity. The characteristic bright colours and abstract symmetries of Dutch Wax fabric have accrued many complex, often ambivalent associations – with colonialism, industrialisation, emigration, cultural appropriation, and the invention (and reinvention) of tradition – all of which are foregrounded in Shonibare’s work. Used for the rigging of Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, the legacy of Dutch Wax assumes a further, distinctly maritime significance. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2004, the same year in which he was awarded an MBE (an appellation that he uses when exhibiting and signing works).

Currently on permanent display at National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London


To look at previous exhibitions see Press

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