A quite interesting – if overly academic – panel of speakers is to assemble at the British Library this Wednesday to discuss Yinka Shonibare's ‘Nelson's Ship in a Bottle’, the mammoth 15.4 by 7.7 foot sculpture, currently nesting on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square and due to be replaced on February 23.
In an attempt to find a permanent home for the sculpture, the National Maritime Museum in collaboration with the Art Fund launched a fundraising campaign last year, to facilitate the bottle's transfer to Greenwich. Over a quarter of the £412,000 ($651,000) required had been raised as of February 10, but it is obviously still a long way to Greenwich.
While the event will obviously be a draw for people interested in supporting the cause, individuals interested in textile history and the intersections of art and colonialism should find plenty to contemplate in the discussion. Chaired by Christine Riding, Head of Arts at the National Maritime Museum and Deputy Editor of the journal Art History, the panel will include John Picton (School of Oriental and African Studies), Jorrella Andrews (Goldsmiths) and Paul Goodwin (Tate Britain, Goldsmiths).
The British Library, 6.30-8.00pm, Wednesday 15 February 2012
Tickets £15/ Students and concessions £7.50 (includes a glass of wine). To book, call 0844 415 415.
More information as well as photos regarding the bottle’s transfer can be found here.
Some concise and illuminating background on the Anglo-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE, and the artwork discussed can be found here.
And more information on the panel discussion can be found here.
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