© Yinka Shonibare, MBE. Courtesy Stephen Friedman Gallery (London), James Cohan Gallery (NY). Photo: Geoff Pugh We are delighted to announce that thanks to the generosity of many individuals, the fundraising appeal to buy Yinka Shonibare, MBE’s sculpture Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle for the National Maritime Museum and ensure it remains on permanent display has been a success.
The campaign was launched by the Art Fund and the National Maritime Museum at the end of 2011 and successfully raised £362,500 to enable the National Maritime Museum to acquire and permanently display Yinka Shonibare, MBE’s much-loved sculpture. As Stephen Deuchar, Director of the Art Fund, commented, “It is not an easy environment in which to run a campaign but the campaign’s success is testimony to the popularity of Yinka’s work and to the continued generosity of the many enlightened individuals upon whom the charitable sector depends.”
The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich is the perfect place for the work which is a scaled down replica of HMS Victory, the ship captained by Nelson. Thanks to the success of the campaign the work will now have a permanent new home outside the recently opened Sammy Ofer Wing and will be on view in time for the Museum’s 75th anniversary on 25 April. Yinka Shonibare, MBE “I am absolutely delighted and touched by the public’s generosity. It is testimony to the importance of keeping Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle in the country. The piece was whole heartedly embraced by the public while at Trafalgar Square and I am glad that the same affection for the work will continue at Greenwich.”
The critically-acclaimed work was originally commissioned by the Mayor of London for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, where it was displayed from May 2010 to January 2012. The Art Fund kick-started the public appeal with a grant of £50,000 and £264,300 was then raised mostly from the generosity of individuals. Stephen Friedman of the artist’s London gallery, acting on behalf of Yinka Shonibare, MBE, matched a contribution by the National Maritime Museum of £49,100 to finalise the campaign. The campaign has also benefited from the support of the Mayor of London, who originally commissioned the work and the generosity of Ocean Outdoor, an advertising company who donated free media space to publicise the appeal.
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