ABOUT GUEST PROJECTS DIGITAL
Over the past decade, the internationally acclaimed British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare CBE RA has tirelessly supported the development of early career and African diaspora artists through Guest Projects. Founded by Shonibare Studio in 2006 the artist residency programme offered early-career multidisciplinary creatives and practitioners free access to a project space in which to collaborate and experiment for one month. The studio, encompassing the ground floor of a former carpet factory in east London, was an alternative universe and playground for artists, performers and curators, encouraging them to collaborate and make new and experimental work. Over the years it evolved to become a laboratory of ideas and a testing ground for new thoughts and actions in which the possibility of failure became an opportunity for artistic growth.
In response to the global Covid crisis of 2020 Guest Projects has moved away from offering a physical project space, focusing instead on digitally enabling and supporting the creation of new works, trialling of ideas, creative programming and online community engagement. Guest Projects Digital has been conceived as a means of continuing to support multidisciplinary artists by providing access to digital and online resources regardless of physical and cultural barriers to collaboration and experimentation.
The Yinka Shonibare Foundation (UK) was established by Shonibare and a small board of trustees in May 2019 as a registered UK Charity to support Guest Projects, London and Guest Artists Space (G. A. S.) Foundation (Nigeria), a nonprofit dedicated to facilitating international cultural exchange, developing creative and research practices through residencies and collaborations.
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Guest Artist Space Foundation was incorporated in Nigeria in July 2019 as a legally constituted nonprofit organisation and is YSF’s delivery partner in Nigeria for interdisciplinary artists and researchers residencies and public programmes. Building on the success of Guest Projects, London, G.A.S. Foundation serves as an extension of this existing residency program, the vision for Guest Artist Space in Nigeria is to establish a critical centre of research and experimentation in West Africa.