Stop what you are doing and get yourself booked on this fantastic bloggers and power tweeters* event at Yorkshire Sculpture Park 27th February
If you visited Trafalgar Square two years ago or happened to stroll past the Royal Opera House recently, it would have been difficult to miss some intriguing works of public sculpture by Yinka Shonibare MBE.
From Saturday 2 March, visitors to Yorkshire Sculpture Park will be able to see 30 vibrant works byYinka Shonibare in a major new show. Taking place in three of YSP’s indoor galleries and the open air, FABRIC–ATION includes sculpture, film, photography, painting and collage, with many works never before seen in the UK.Expect exuberant and thought-provoking sculptures of human-animal figures; beautifully dressed in typical 18th and 19th century European fashions, but in the bold ‘African’ print fabrics that have become synonymous with Shonibare’s work.
Born in London in 1962, Shonibare moved to Nigeria when he was three, later returning to the UK to study art. His work explores and confounds stereotypes of race and class, engaging with ideas around identity and authenticity as well as dislocation, multiculturalism, global food production and revolution, often addressed through playful conceits. This approach is part of his determination to avoid being categorised: Shonibare accepted an MBE in 2004, adopting the title into his working name, saying, “It was the last thing you would have expected of me”.
A 13 seat minibus will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
18.25 Mini bus departs Wakefield Westgate (picking up bloggers arriving on the 18.11 train from Leeds which gets in at 18.22)
18.30–19.00 Guests arrive at YSP – drinks on arrival and shop open
19.00 Tour of the Yinka Shonibare MBE: FABRIC-ATION exhibition in the Underground Gallery & Gardens with YSP Curator Sarah Coulson
20.00 Event closes / Mini bus departs to meet 20.38 train
*What’s a Power Tweeter? Well if you are a spreader of the cultural/arts/tourism/places love, not just for this event, but throughout the year then please do book on. #YinkaYSP
PLEASE DO NOT BOOK IF YOU DON’T THINK YOU CAN MAKE THE EVENT. WHILST WE DON’T CHARGE THIS IS A HIGH VALUE OPPORTUNITY