Yinka Shonibare CBE is developing and building new artist residency space’s in Lagos and Ijebu, Nigeria, due to open in 2022.

The Yinka Shonibare Foundation (UK) was established in 2019 to support and deliver the work of Guest Artists Space (G. A. S.) Foundation (Nigeria), a non-profit dedicated to facilitating international cultural exchange, developing creative and research practices through residencies and collaborations.

Building on the success of Guest Projects London, G.A.S. Foundation’s ambition is to encourage critical and engaging practices in the fields of contemporary art, design, architecture, agriculture and ecology with the space to research, experiment, share, educate and develop work.


We are establishing centres of research and experimentation in Nigeria, with live/work residencies in Lagos one of the most enterprising and energetic cities in the world, and a rural farm in Ijebu serving as opportunities to network locally and internationally with organisations, education providers, fellow practitioners, curators and researchers.

G.A.S. Foundation will host cultural exchanges where international participants live and work, alongside their African peers for up to three months.

Aims and Objectives

  • To create a platform for creative development and knowledge exchange between established and emerging practitioners.
  • To support international partnerships between artists, designers, curators, collectors, architects, agriculturists and ecologists.
  • To foster the development of careers, both locally and internationally
  • To create learning opportunities for participants and the local audience of Lagos
  • To break down traditional barriers of privilege, wealth, lack of infrastructure and limited opportunities
  • To promote mutual understanding of cultural differences


Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA) is a British-Nigerian artist based in London, whose multi-disciplinary practice explores colonialism and post-colonialism within the context of globalisation. Through examining race, class and the construction of cultural identity, Shonibare’s works comment on the tangled interrelationship between Africa and Europe, and their respective economic and political histories.

G.A.S. Foundation Directors