We are delighted to announce that thanks to the generosity of many individuals, the fundraising appeal to buy Yinka Shonibare, MBE’s sculpture Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle for the National Maritime Museum and ensure it remains on permanent display has been a success. The work, which is a scaled down replica of HMS Victory, now has a permanent new home outside the recently opened Sammy Ofer Wing. Read full press release.

Yinka Shonibare MBE

Yinka Shonibare at the Fourth Plinth (James O Jenkins)Yinka Shonibare at the Fourth Plinth. Photo: James O. JenkinsYinka Shonibare MBE was born in London and moved to Lagos, Nigeria at the age of three. He returned to London to study Fine Art first at Byam Shaw College of Art (now Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design) and then at Goldsmiths College, where he received his MFA, graduating as part of the ‘Young British Artists’ generation. He currently lives and works in the East End of London.

Over the past decade, Shonibare has become well known for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalisation. Shonibare’s work explores these issues, alongside those of race and class, through the media of painting, sculpture, photography and, more recently, film and performance. Shonibare was a Turner prize nominee in 2004 and awarded the decoration of Member of the 'Most Excellent Order of the British Empire' (MBE). He has added this title to his professional name. He has exhibited at the Venice Biennial and internationally at leading museums worldwide. 

Make your own origami boat

Captain Harvey of the Téméraire

Ann Stamper tells the story of the hot-tempered Captain Eliab Harvey who fought in the Battle of Trafalgar, and the fate of his ship, known as the fighting Téméraire.

World's largest ship in a bottle?

The craft of putting ship models in bottles has fascinated and puzzled people for years and when Yinka Shonibare MBE's new Fourth Plinth sculpture was installed, the interest became front-page news. Simon Stephens, the NMM's Curator of Ship Models, looks at the history and the techniques involved.

The Fourth Plinth

The Fourth Plinth Programme is funded by the Mayor of London with support from Arts Council England. New artworks are selected for the vacant plinth in a rolling programme of new commissions. The Programme has a strong commitment to working across the city to engage broad audiences in discussion about contemporary art and its role in our urban centres, working in partnership with major city organisations such as the National Maritime Museum.

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Guaranty Trust BankFourth Plinth Stephen Friedman Gallery