The Royal Academy of Art: Artist in Conversation with Yinka Shonibare CBE RA

On the 5th of October 2021 Yinka Shonibare CBE RA joined Afua Hirsch, author, journalist and the RA’s 2021 Summer Exhibition Coordinator, to discuss Yinka’s vision for the RA’s 2021 Summer Exhibition, the significance of reclaiming magic in art, and how an inclusive art world can engage with and value artists who have developed their practice in dierent ways.

As an interdisciplinary artist known for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalisation, Yinka drew closely on the theme of ‘Reclaiming Magic’ and brought light to marginalised or overlooked practitioners who have historically been left out of the Western art narrative.

The Natalia Cola Foundation thanks Afua Hirsch, award-winning writer, broadcaster and documentary maker, for her wonderful contribution to this exciting conversation.

In what had been the world’s largest open submission art show, The Summer Exhibition brought together art in all mediums from leading artists, and emerging talent.


Yinka Shonibare RA in the Summer Exhibition 2017, Royal Academy of Arts, London. Image © David Parry/Royal Academy of Arts