The Yinka Shonibare Foundation (YSF) was established in 2019 by the eminent British-Nigerian Artist Yinka Shonibare CBE RA , whose international multi-disciplinary practice explores colonialism and post-colonialism within the context of globalisation. The Yinka Shonibare Foundation is a UK registered charity dedicated to facilitating international cultural exchange and supporting creative practices through residencies, collaborations and education projects.
Yinka’s vision behind the Foundation is to support the development of new work and ideas, to foster mutual understanding of cultural differences as we break down traditional barriers of privilege and wealth, to build access and create new pathways to education, to forge new networks and a resilient cultural infrastructure that will enable the next generation to thrive, not just survive.
The Foundation's vision will be implemented through hosting and supporting residencies, education and professional development programmes in the UK and Nigeria. In Nigeria, partnering with our sister organisation Guest Artists Space Foundation a registered non-profit, the Foundation will provide multi-use live/work residency spaces in the heart of the dynamic city of Lagos and on a rural working farm in Ijebu in Ogun State.