School of Cultural Studies and Humanities

Turner Prize nominee Yinka Shonibare to talk about his work, influences and David Oluwale in special virtual event for Black History Month

Leeds Beckett’s School of Cultural Studies and Humanities are hosting a special live online event as part of Black History Month.

Published on 29 Sep 2021
Yinka Shonibare

The event on Friday 8 October at 3.00pm will see Turner Prize nominee Yinka Shonibare discuss the sculpture he is creating in Leeds in memory of the Nigerian migrant David Oluwale, who died due to police harassment in 1969.

Yinka Shonibare CBE RA was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2004. In 2010 his first public art commission, ‘Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle’ was displayed on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London and is in the permanent collection of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.

In 2013, he was elected a Royal Academician and was awarded the honour of ‘Commander of the Order of the British Empire’ in 2019. His installation ‘The British Library’ was acquired by Tate in 2019 and is currently on display at Tate Modern, London.

This year, Shonibare was awarded the prestigious Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon Award, which celebrates the work of an artist who has made a profound contribution to a particular medium, influencing generations of artists.

A major retrospective of his work opened at Museum der Moderne in Salzburg, Austria, in May with installations featuring headless life sized figures in historic costumes tailored out of colourful batik-dyed fabrics. He is also co-ordinating the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London.

In this interview with Leeds Beckett academic and Co-Chair of the David Oluwale Memorial Association, Emily Zobel Marshall, he will discuss his artistic vision, work, and response to the David Oluwale story.

Shonibare considers identity and colonialism in his work, examining race, class, and cultural identity construction. His work comments on the tangled interrelationship between Africa and Europe, and their respective economic and political histories. To sign up for this event this event, or for more information, please register on Eventbrite through this link.