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Hackney Museum needs your vote!


Hackney Museum needs your vote to work with world famous artist, Yinka Shonibare MBE on a collaborative installation representing the ultimate Hackney ‘dish’.

Should Hackney Museum win, residents who voted will get the chance to submit a ‘recipe’ to create their perfect Hackney ‘dish’. ‘Recipes’ could be for food, a good night out, a perfect day or anything else that shows what Hackney means to them.

Yinka will pick his favourite ‘recipes’ and invite the selected residents to a ‘supper’ club event at Hackney Museum in October. Dressed to reflect their personal identities, guests will receive their ‘dish’ in the way the artist has chosen to interpret their recipe. These will be presented at or around the ‘supper table’ or delivered to guests during the event.

The group will work with Yinka to create a collaborative installation representing the ultimate Hackney ‘dish’ to express what Hackney means to them. The artwork will then be displayed in Hackney Museum’s forthcoming exhibition African Threads, Hackney Style.

Nigerian born, Hackney-based Yinka Shonibare MBE is well-known for his works including, Nelson's Ship in a Bottle, a scale replica of the ship HMS Victory, which was displayed on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square in 2010.

Between 1-16 May, Hackney Museum is asking people to go online and vote at bit.ly/YinkaShonibare to support it in this national competition. The winning museum will be announced after the voting ends.

This is a fantastic opportunity for us to work with such a prestigious artist. We need your vote to win, and if we do, you could work with Yinka and attend the supper in October. Casting your vote is really easy, just go online and vote for Hackney Museum.
Ted Rogers, Head of Libraries, Heritage and Culture

Hackney Museum has been shortlisted by Yinka Shonibare MBE in the Museums at Night, annual Connect! competition. Museums at Night 2015 takes place 13 to 16 May and 30 to 31 October 2015.

Watch this interview with Yinka Shonibare discussing his art practice based in Hackney: hackneylive.co.uk/shows/interviews

Don’t forget to use the hash tag #Yinkacomehome on social media.

Photo: Yinka Shonibare MBE, The British Library (2000) courtesy of James Mollison 2014