yinka shonibare MBE in touring exhibition at morley gallery, UK

15 January 2015
Morley Gallery in London hosts the touring exhibition ‘House of the Flying Wheel' from Backlit Gallery in Nottingham. Curated by Matthew Chesney and John Harris, the exhibition explores the legacy of Samuel Morley, the nineteenth century English woollen manufacturer, through five contemporary artists. All working in different media, film, light, sculpture and installation, this engaging exhibition challenges a more conventional celebration of the life of Morley College's patron and benefactor.

House Of The Flying Wheel is reinterpreting the heritage of Morley, his radical approach in the 1800's and his political actions in the abolition movement to end slavery and his ethos of giving fair wages and free education to the working class. Samuel Morley deserves to be remembered and revered in order to inspire a new generation of people. It opens new debates that are just as applicable today as in the 19th century..... House of the Flying Wheel is a new portrait of Mr Morley through contemporary artists practice and in the long term, Backlit will manage his legacy in Nottingham. Matthew Chesney, Director Backlit.

The exhibition will include work from Yinka Shonibare MBE whose work makes visible the cultural influences of colonisation and explores the rich complexity of post-colonial cultures. Symbolic of this is his trademark use of the brightly coloured ‘African' batik fabric he buys at Brixton market. The fabric was inspired by Indonesian design, mass-produced by the Dutch and eventually sold to the colonies in West Africa. In the 1960's the material became a new sign of African identity and independence.

The exhibition runs from 15 January - 4 February 2015.

Yinka Shonibare MBE at Morley Gallery.