Yinka Shonibare MBE: Material Positions Conference

Thu, 30 May 2013 16:00:00 BST

Yinka Shonibare MBE
Venue: Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Date:  Thursday 27 June 2013

The School of Art Design and Architecture, in association with Yorkshire Sculpture Park, has organised this one-day conference to explore the history and development of the work of Yinka Shonibare MBE, and its position in the global culture and politics of contemporary art and design today. The conference, to be held at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, accompanies 'Yinka Shonibare MBE: Fabric-ation', the UK’s most extensive exhibition to date of work in sculpture, film, photography and painting from 2002-2013 by the internationally renowned Anglo-Nigerian artist.
Keynote speakers are Angela McRobbie, Professor of Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Carol Tullock Professor in Visual, Material and Diaspora Studies at the University of the Arts, London. Topics include the location of Shonibare's work within the black and Asian British art-world, his engagement with fashion, textiles and 'design culture' and with maritime art and empire. The conference includes a tour of the exhibition so this is a unique opportunity to hear Shonibare's practice discussed by leading scholars, curators and practitioners in the presence of the artist's work.



10:00 - 10:15

Greetings and introductory remarks: Dr Alison Rowley

10:15 - 11:15

Keynote: Professor Carol Tulloch

Yinka Shonibare MBE: Making – Freedom-Recalcitrant

11:15 - 11:35

Refreshments (provided)

Session 1

11:35 - 11:55      

Miranda Stearn

Yinka Shonibare MBE: Scratching the Surface at the National Gallery

11:55 - 12:15         

Dr Karen Dennis

YA MTU HUPANGWA NA MUNGU: A Conversation with Cloth

12:15 - 12:35         

Discussion and Questions

12:35 - 14:00        

Lunch (not provided)

Session 2

14:00 - 14:20          

Dr William Rea

Textile, Tradition, Context: Performance and Tricky Hybrids, or When did Mrs Carter meet Yinka Shonibare MBE?

14:20 - 15:00         

Dr Richard Johns and Dr Melanie Vandenbrouck

Blowin' in the Wind: The Maritime Worlds of Yinka Shonibare MBE.

15:00 - 15:20         

Discussion and Questions        

15:20 - 15:40                  

Refreshments (provided)

15:40 - 16:40         

Keynote: Professor Angela McRobbie

Re-Visiting New Ethnicities: Shonibare, Stuart Hall and the Rise and Roots of Black British Art Worlds

16:40 - 17:00         

Round table and final questions

17:00 - 19:00  

Exhibition tour and wine reception

About the Speakers

Carol Tulloch is Professor of Dress, Diaspora and Transnationalism at the CCW Graduate School and member of the Transnational Arts, Identity and Nation Research Centre (TrAIN) at the University of the Arts, London. She is also TrAIN/V&A Fellow at the V&A Museum. Her work as a curator and writer includes: ‘Dress and the African Diaspora’, special issue of Fashion Theory, The Journal of Dress, Body and Culture (editor, 2010), Style-Fashion-Dress: From ‘Black’ to ‘Post-black’ (2010), Being at Home: Familial Dress Relations and the West Indian Front Room (2009), Resounding Power of the Afro Comb (2008), and Black British Style (co-curator 2004). Carol was principal investigator of the Dress and the African Diaspora Network (2006–7).

Miranda Stearn is a doctoral student at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Her research focuses on museum-commissioned artist interventions, looking at how and why museums and galleries bring in contemporary artists as interpreters of their collections. Underlying her project is an aspiration to understand the prevalence of these types of projects in the UK museums sector and to examine the implications for museums, collections, artists and audiences. She is currently Arts and Heritage Development Co-ordinator for London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and has worked in public sector arts and heritage for eight years.

Dr Karen Dennis is Senior Lecturer in Historical and Theoretical Studies at the University of Huddersfield. She is an educator who designs and a designer who educates and takes an active role in both practical and theoretical work. Combining research with teaching she maintains a studio in Leeds where she produces garments made from recycled clothes and is involved in the delivery of community-based workshops. She has worked for a number of NGOs and international agencies investigating the link between textile and clothing production and development, and she also helps to run a community theatre group involved in political street theatre and festival performances.

Dr William Rea is Senior Lecturer in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. His major research concerns the masquerades of the Ekiti Yoruba in Nigeria but more broadly is focused on the art history of West Africa and Africa in general, both in terms of the classical traditions and the visual response to modernity. He is developing research on cultural entrepreneurship and the creative industries in Lagos and Ibadan.

Dr Richard Johns and Dr Melanie Vandenbrouck are Curators of Art at Royal Museums Greenwich.

Angela McRobbie is Professor of Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her most recent book is a work of feminist theory, titled The Aftermath of Feminism (2009). She is currently completing a book on working lives in the new creative economy, titled Be Creative? Making a Living in the New Culture Industries, and she has written a number of essays on the black arts and cultural studies including the work of Yinka Shonibare MBE.

For further information and to book visit the YSP website

Conference Organisers

Dr Alison Rowley
Dr Catriona McAra

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