The Campaign

 

Nelson's Ship in a Bottle, 2010 © Yinka Shonibare, MBE. Courtesy Stephen Friedman Gallery (London), James Cohan Gallery (NY). Photo: Geoff PughNelson's Ship in a Bottle, 2010© Yinka Shonibare, MBE. Courtesy Stephen Friedman Gallery (London), James Cohan Gallery (NY). Photo: Geoff Pugh Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle by Yinka Shonibare, MBE was temporarily displayed on Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth from May 2010 to January 2012. The Art Fund launched a public campaign with the National Maritime Museum at the end of 2011 to buy the sculpture and keep it on permanent display for everyone to enjoy.

Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, the fundraising appeal to buy Yinka Shonibare, MBE's much-loved work of art was deemed a success in April 2012 and the work will be on display outside the National Maritime Museum's Sammy Ofer Wing in time to celebrate the museum's 75th anniversary. Find out how we raised the money here.

National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum's Sammy Ofer Wing The National Maritime Museum's Sammy Ofer Wing The National Maritime Museum – the largest of its kind in the world – sets out to illuminate the entire history of Britain’s encounter with the sea.The Museum illustrates the importance of the sea, ships, time and the stars and their relationship with people.

The museum opened in 1937 in elegant early 19th-century buildings developed around the Queen’s House, which was built for Charles I’s queen Henrietta Maria. Also part of the ‘Maritime Greenwich’ complex administered by the museum is the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park.

On 14 July 2011 the museum unveiled its spectacular new Sammy Ofer Wing outside of which it is hoped Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle will be exhibited. Opening out onto Greenwich Park, it provides a new exhibition space, galleries, a library and places to eat and shop. You can receive a 50% discount to the museum with a National Art Pass.

Find out more

National Maritime Museum website
Art Fund website
Fourth Plinth Programme