Yinka Shonibare: ‘Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle’


40 metres of hand printed fabric

37 sails

1 three-colour print

1 four-colour print

7 silk screens

3 members of staff

4 interns

75 kilos of binder

6.5 kilos of pigment colour

392 print hours

1 major new artwork

London Printworks Trust is delighted to announce their involvement in Yinka Shonibare’s Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle currently sited on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.

Staff and interns at LPT worked with Shonibare and his team in September and October 2009 to hand print 40 metres of fabrics for the 37 sails needed for the scale model of Nelson’s ship.

This is not the first time London Printworks Trust worked with Shonibare: in 1996, we commissioned and produced the Victorian Philanthropist’s Parlour, one of his earlier large scale commissions that helped propel Shonibare to national and international recognition. Victorian Philanthropist’s Parlour was selected by the British Council for the South African Biennale and has toured continuously on an international basis since it was made.

Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle will be sited in Trafalgar Square for two years, so do get along and see it if you can.

image credits: L- copyright of Stephen Friedman Gallery, R- copyright of LPT

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About London Printworks Trust

London Printworks Trust is the centre of excellence for textile print. Our passion has continued for twenty years since establishing ourselves as a charity to encourage professional artists, designers and emerging talent to learn, to share ideas, to produce new work and to fulfil their creative potential. Through our specialist hand printing equipment and workshop facilities we support and nurture creativity in people from the local community of Brixton, and across London. We are developing a new programme of residency places, courses, talks and new open access in response to the changes to funding. We appreciate and thank the support from our Board, Volunteers and Freelancers, without whom we would not have survived the changes to our funding. Continued support from The Leverhulme Trust and Lambeth also helps us to make a difference.
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