Yinka Shonibare MBE Study Day

Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

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Yinka Shonibare MBE, New York Toy Painting (detail), 2012. Courtesy the artist and James Cohen Gallery, New York

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Location: Hayloft Studio Time: 11.00
Tickets £20.00
Concessions £15.00

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Join YSP Curator Sarah Coulson and Will Rea, Senior Lecturer at Leeds University, for a day of presentations and discussion focusing on the wider context surrounding Shonibare's contemporary practice.

This study day will introduce participants to the textile heritage of Nigeria that Shonibare draws upon. It will look at the various forms of textile production in Nigeria, with specific reference to the Yoruba people. The diverse forms of weaving, dyeing and industrial production will be examined. It will then explore the significant place that textiles have in Yoruba culture, opening out the various traditions of use as well as looking at how those traditions have been brought forward into the Twenty First century. Exploring areas of textile use such as masquerade, identity and religious practice as well as modern fashion and clothing. Finally the day will look at the relationship between textiles and contemporary art in Nigeria, examining a number of artists who make use of textile traditions in their work.

Will Rea is senior lecturer in the school of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. He has worked extensively in South Western Nigeria. He has worked with artists in Nigeria and has been particularly involved with masquerade performances in the Ekiti region. More recently he has worked with contemporary makers in Lagos and Ibadan.
  • Price includes free parking and refreshments (lunch is not included)
  • Ticket includes 10% discount to spend on the day in the YSP Shop, Restaurant and Cafe.
  • Please meet 10 minutes before the event start time. Please note the Hayloft studio is a 10 minute walk from the main Visitor Centre.
  • This event will finish at approximately 16.00
Concessions: A limited allocation of discounted tickets is available for recipients aged 16 and under, and full-time students (Appropriate cards/proof to be shown on the evening)

Please note: This event will take place in the Hayloft Studio, located on the first floor of the Learning Centre. Access by lift is available however wheelchair users are advised to contact Damon Waldock before booking on 01924832539.
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