Inspiration Series | Yinka Shonibare in conversation with Mark Rappolt

Yinka Shonibare CBE -  2004 Turner prize nominee - was born 1962 in London and moved to Lagos, Nigeria. Later he returned to London to study Fine Art, first at Byam School of Art (now Central Saint Martins College) before receiving his MFA from Goldsmiths College, London, (1991).

His interdisciplinary practice cites Western art history and literature to question the validity of contemporary cultural and national identities, particularly within the context of globalization.

In 2002, he was commissioned for Documenta XI to create Gallantry and Criminal Conversation. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2004, and in 2008, his survey exhibition opened at MCA Sydney and toured to the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C. His public art commission Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle was displayed on the Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, London (2010) and now on permanent display at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

His work is included in notable museum collections including Tate, London; the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Guggenheim Abu Dhabi; Moderna Museet, Stockholm and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago among others.

We had the privilege of having Yinka talk at Sarabande - watch for an in-depth conversation of his work and practise with the art critic from Art Review Magazine, Mark Rappolt.

Practical Series | 1 Granary: Get to Know Your Customer

Art school teaches designers to explore their inner universe, to find their own identity and express that through their designs. Who the wearer of those clothes will be, however, is rarely addressed. Through an in-depth debate with Jack Cassidy, an experienced industry buyer for Selfridges, and Natalie Kingham, Buying Director at MATCHESFASHION.COM, this talk looks at the realities of the consumer market: Who are you selling to? What do they need? Where, how and why will they wear your designs? And how to approach and communicate with buyers?

Jack Cassidy, Selfridges

Jack Cassidy is the buying manager, men's designer and contemporary at Selfridges. He is experienced in men's and women's ready-to-wear and accessories buying and specialises in high-end and emerging brands. He has formed established relationships with labels such as Givenchy, Lanvin, Balenciaga, Rick Owens, Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Yohji Yamamoto, Damir Doma, Haider Ackermann.


Natalie Kingham leads the fashion buying of ladieswear at MATCHESFASHION.COM. Working across a range of luxury fashion brands, Kingham's expertise includes brand development and management, marketing communications and strategy, fashion writing and creative direction.

Inspiration Series | Solange Azagury-Partridge 

Solange Azagury-Partidge is a renowned British jewellery designer based in London who will be speaking about being in the business of jewellery with Samantha Conti from Women's Wear Daily. Solange is known for her bold and colourful approach to jewellery and interiors. Her pieces, such as her iconic ‘Hot Lips’ ring, feature in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London as well as the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Watch to hear the pair discuss Solange's life and how she made a success of her career in the jewellery business!

Inspiration Series | Nick Knight

Watch legendary image-maker and Sarabande patron Nick Knight in conversation with Mimma Viglezio, Editor of SHOWStudio. Here, Knight discusses how he started taking photographs, his early work SKINHEAD and the future of fashion imagery. A patron of Sarabande, Knight will also touch on his personal journey in photography & how he has seen it change as a medium over the last 40 years.