Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA)


Yinka Shonibare CBE photographed at the RA Summer Show in 2017. Photo by David Parry.

Yinka Shonibare CBE RA to co-ordinate the 2021 Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts

The show's theme of ‘Reclaiming Magic’ celebrates the joy of art

22 September 2021 – 2 January 2022 


Yinka Shonibare CBE RA is delighted to be co-ordinating this year’s Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy.

The exhibition will explore the theme of ‘Reclaiming Magic’, celebrating the transformative powers of the magical in art and the sheer joy of making. The show will also serve as a platform for marginalised and overlooked artists who have historically been excluded by the western art narrative.

Submission for artworks are now open, please note the deadline to submit work is Monday 24 May 2021. To find out more details visit summer.royalacademy.org.uk.


G.A.S. Foundation

Artist Yinka Shonibare CBE launches G.A.S. Foundation


One of the world’s foremost artists, Yinka Shonibare CBE, has announced the development of his new artist residency in Lagos, Nigeria, due to open in 2021.

The Guest Artists Space (G.A.S.) Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to facilitating international artistic and cultural exchange and developing creative practices through artist residencies and international collaborations.

Based on an idea Shonibare began developing back in 2011, G.A.S. Foundation was established in 2019, launched under the umbrella of The Yinka Shonibare Foundation (UK).

Building works for both artist residency spaces in Lagos and Ijebu are now already underway.


Nelsons Ship in  Bottle
Nelsons Ship in Bottle
© 2010 Yinka Shonibare MBE

Yinka Shonibare MBE Nelson's Ship in a Bottle

Nelson's HMS Victory

'Nelson's Ship in a Bottle' originally debuted on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square and is now permantley on display at The Nation Maritime Museum in Greenwich.The work is an incredibly detailed, scaled-down replica of HMS Victory, on which Nelson 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 fabrics used were inspired by Indonesian batik, mass-produced by Dutch traders and sold in West Africa.


Wind Sculpture Howick Place
Wind Sculpture Howick Place
© 2014 Yinka Shonibare MBE

Yinka Shonibare MBE Wind Sculpture

Commission for Howick Place

Wind Sculpture, a site specific commision, is permanently displayed as part of Howick Place in Victoria, London. Measuring 6 metres by 3 metres, the work explores the notion of harnessing movement, through the idea of capturing and freezing a volume of wind in a moment in time.


To look at previous exhibitions see Press

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