We are thrilled to announce that the Yinka Shonibare Foundation, with support from Gasworks and the Triangle Network, has been awarded funding by the London Community Response Fund, administered by City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, to support artists to develop new work via Guest Projects Digital from June - October 2020.
The funding will digitally translate our Guest Projects space by utilising tech-based platforms, to benefit the activities and wellbeing of the resident artists and communities who have been adversely affected as a result of Covid-19.
We are creating a digitally supported project space, to commission, manage, facilitate, train and enable the creation of new work, broaden audiences and participation, and support the most vulnerable in our community.
“Due to Covid-19, the enforced closure of the Yinka Shonibare Foundation’s Guest Projects has had a profound impact on the artists and communities who make it such a thriving cultural hub. This funding from the London Community Response Fund will help the charity fulfil its innovative approach to continuing its mission in the digital realm.”
Dhruv Patel, Chairman of the City of London Corporation's City Bridge Trust Committee
The digital project space and residency support will deliver:
● Essential digital skills and training
● Essential equipment, software and connectivity
● Online peer learning and collaboration
● Engagement through workshops, talks, demonstrations, films and exhibitions
● Four Arts Residency projects delivered between June - October 2020
The first three confirmed residencies are:
- TAKE DADA SERIOUSLY (it’s worth it?) by Decorating Dissidence, now completed – an interdisciplinary arts group exploring craft’s political, aesthetic and social impact from modernism to now. TAKE DADA SERIOUSLY (it’s worth it?) celebrate and challenge 100 years of Dada through the lens of craft, making and performance. Through the interactive site and in partnership with Guest Projects Digital, they have created a global perspective on the movement and centred on work by women and queer artists.
- THE SUSTAINABLE DARKROOM is a series of residencies, talks and workshops hosted by The London Alternative Photography Collective (LAPC), an artist-run research, training and mutual learning programme, to equip cultural practitioners with new skills and knowledge to develop an environmentally-friendly photographic darkroom practice. From 6th July - 2nd August 2020, the group will create a series of online events in partnership with Guest Projects Digital.
- WHERE I’M COMING FROM is a residency by _inventory Platform, dedicating each week to four languages spoken by migrant communities actively working and contributing to the British economy: Filipino, Hokkien, Taiwanese, Hausa / Yoruba and Berber languages from 3rd - 30th August 2020. It plans to work with London BAME communities to generate space to recognise cultural traditions and debates around language in accessing the production and consumption of arts and culture.
The fourth residency will be selected from an open call for proposals for collaborations between artists and curators, in particular those of African descent, currently living and working in London, UK and Lagos, Nigeria. 7th September - 3rd October 2020.
London Community Response Fund
The London Community Response Fund is administered by City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, and was created at the start of the coronavirus crisis with initial contributions of £1 million each from the Mayor of London and City Bridge Trust.
It is part of a capital-wide effort co-ordinated by the membership network London Funders, which awards grants from public and private sector funders to help charities and voluntary organisations cope with the impact of the pandemic.
As a result of the current global crisis affecting arts spaces across the U.K., Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects space in Hackney had to close its doors, temporarily halting their current 2020 residency programme. In June 2020, Guest Projects launched Guest Projects Digital; an online space for collaborations, creations and cultural exchanges to temporarily replace the physical space.
Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA) is a British-Nigerian artist based in London, whose multi-disciplinary practice explores colonialism and post-colonialism within the context of globalisation. Through examining race, class and the construction of cultural identity, Shonibare’s works comment on the tangled interrelationship between Africa and Europe, and their respective economic and political histories.
For the past decade, Yinka has been running Guest Projects from his London studio, offering emerging artists of any discipline the opportunity to develop collaborations, have access to a free project space for 1 month – a laboratory of ideas; a testing ground for new thoughts and actions.
Building on the success of the project in London, in 2019 Yinka established The Yinka Shonibare Foundation (UK), a UK registered charity dedicated to facilitating international multi-disciplinary cultural exchange and developing creative practices through residencies and international collaborations. It provides the governance, coordination, monitoring and development support for Guest Artists Space (G.A.S.) Foundation in Nigeria and Guest Projects in London UK. It does this through Governance, Fundraising, Advocacy and Dissemination.
Yinka’s inspiration behind the foundation is the need to break down traditional barriers of privilege, wealth, lack of infrastructure and limited opportunities across Africa. To create space and opportunities for international cultural exchange and cross fertilisation between established and emergent practitioners and researchers.
Gasworks, established in 1994, is a non-profit contemporary visual art organisation working at the intersection between UK and international practices and debates. Gasworks is the hub of Triangle Network, a global network of artists and visual arts organisations that support professional development and cultural exchange amongst artists, curators and other arts professionals throughout the world.
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