Yinka Shonibare MBE Unveils Monumental New Public Artwork In London

Yinka Shonibare MBE

Yinka Shonibare MBE’s latest work has been unveiled at the Royal Academy in London. It wraps around the scaffolding on the façade of Burlington Gardens whilst the building is undertaking a transformative redevelopment in the lead up to the Academy’s 250th anniversary in 2018. RA Family Album, 2016, consists of over 160 black and white photographs and prints, showcasing the people who have made the RA an inclusive place for artists, creativity and learning since its foundation in 1768. The 71m width design is topped by one of Shonibare’s renowned colourful fabric designs.

The artist worked closely with the Royal Academy’s archive to collate a broad range of photographs and prints which best represent his view of the RA story. Combining archival and contemporary images, his monumental work reveals the exhibitions, events, guests and visitors, social and academic events, Royal Academicians, members of staff, RA Schools students and behind-the-scenes stories, bringing life at the RA to the outside world.

He discusses his approach to creating his largest ever artwork with BBC Radio Four’s Front Row - listen here

RA Family Album, will remain on the façade of Burlington Gardens until the end of 2016.

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