RCA BLK and Yinka Shonibare Foundation Partner to Support Artist Residencies

RCA BLK and Yinka Shonibare Foundation Partner to Support Artist Residencies

RCA BLK and Yinka Shonibare Foundation (UK) today announce their partnership on a new artist residency programme in Lagos, Nigeria. Together, the organisations will host two residencies in spring 2024, in collaboration with Guest Artists Space Foundation (G.A.S) in Nigeria; one for an exceptional early/mid-career artist who is an RCA BLK member; and one for a research-based proposal from the wider RCA BLK community.

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Event Recap: Lagos Biennial Trip 2024

Event Recap: Lagos Biennial Trip 2024

The Yinka Shonibare Foundation, Guest Artists Space Foundation, and British Council collaborated to create a cultural nexus by hosting a group of visual art curators in Lagos during the 4th edition of the Lagos Biennial. Joined by G.A.S. friends, Biennial VIPs and our patrons, the group participated in an immersive programme that took place between the 2nd and 7th of February and included participation in the official programme of the Lagos Biennial alongside in-depth tours of local institutions, artist studios, collections and galleries.

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RCA BLK Residencies

RCA BLK Residencies

RCA BLK  aims to promote, improve and advance education by encouraging and supporting the practice of contemporary visual artists who identify as Black within the RCA’s wider community. They do so by fostering relationships with pre-enrolled students, current students as well as alumni. RCA BLK makes its impact on students' experience from the African diaspora and builds upon the rich legacies of the RCA student body. 

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Rafael Kouto: Exploring West African Upcycling and Decolonization in Fashion

Rafael Kouto: Exploring West African Upcycling and Decolonization in Fashion

We are thrilled to announce that Rafael Kouto began an exciting new residency at G.A.S. Foundation, supported by the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia. A multidisciplinary creator with a focus on fashion, design, research, and materiality, Rafael brings a wealth of experience and a unique perspective to our community. His diverse itinerary will take place across various locations, including G.A.S. Lagos, and G.A.S. Farm House in Ikise, after which he will go on to Ibadan. During this period, Rafael aims to explore local methodologies to circular fashion, specifically exploring how artists and designers engage with contemporary West African material culture, decolonization in fashion, and traditional crafts and rituals linked to the Yoruba community.

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Residency Redux: Raymond Pinto Returns to G.A.S. Foundation for the Lagos Biennial

Residency Redux: Raymond Pinto Returns to G.A.S. Foundation for the Lagos Biennial

Sequel to their initial research residency to G.A.S. Lagos in the spring of 2023, we are thrilled to welcome US-based multidisciplinary artist, Raymond Pinto, to Nigeria on their second residency, a testament to the profound impact of their initial trip. Returning in January 2024, Raymond is gearing up for the Lagos Biennial, meticulously preparing performances that promise to captivate and resonate. 

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