Yinka Shonibare MBE in Group Exhibition 'Happening to Be' at University of the Arts, London, UK

Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to announce that the University of the Arts London (UAL) will launch the first exhibition by black alumni. Entitled ‘Happening to Be' this is the first ever exhibition showcasing the work of five distinguished artists, designers, and directors who ‘happen to be' black. The exhibition aims to inspire students, staff and the general public by celebrating the artistic achievements of some of the University's black alumni.

Highlights of the Happening to Be exhibition, which is open to the public, include a maquette of Nelson's Ship in a Bottle by gallery artist and Turner prize nominee Yinka Shonibare MBE, first unveiled on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square. Shonibare graduated in Fine Art at Byam Shaw College of Art in 1989, now part of Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design.

Speaking about equal opportunities for black and ethnic minority students, Yinka Shonibare MBE said "Colleges should actively seek to promote their college in a wider range of schools in minority areas."

University Dean of Students Mark Crawley says of the exhibition:
"We are incredibly proud that our black alumni have achieved the type of stellar success that ‘Happening to Be' represents. But we are also keenly aware that, like most Higher Education institutions in Britain, we need to raise the average level of degree attainment among our black and minority ethnic students, which is significantly lower than that of white UK students."

The exhibition runs from 10 September - 27 October 2012

Lethaby Gallery
Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design
Granary Building, 1 Granary Square
King's Cross

Free entry

Open to the public

Monday - Friday 9.30 am - 6.30pm
Saturdays 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. (closed on 15 and 29 September)

Yinka Shonibare, MBE at UAL, London.