Guest Projects Digital 2021
After successfully launching in Spring 2020, Guest Projects Digital, the digital artist residency programme borne out of Shonibare Studio’s long-standing physical residency scheme, returned for a second season on 9th August 2021. A collaborative venture with Guests Artists Space Foundation, the 2021 edition was generously supported by the British Council SSA Arts Digital Catalyst Fund.
Following a curated shortlisting process, five emerging creative practitioners based across the UK and Ghana were selected by a panel comprising of the International Curators Forum, Foundation for Contemporary Art Ghana, G.A.S. Director Tayo Ogunbiyi and, Y.S.F. Trustee Doug Fishbone.
The programme was segmented into two types of awards supporting participation with a wide number of creatives. The first award titled Artist in Focus ran for two-week blocks from 9th August. It offered the artists mentoring support and an opportunity to showcase existing work on the Guest Projects, Yinka Shonibare Foundation and G.A.S Foundation digital channels and website culminating in a participatory event.
The second award was a two-month digital residency the latter half of which was public. This allowed unparalleled insight and access into the working process of the selected artists through virtual discussions, tours and other events aimed at connecting with a diverse range of online communities.