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The Royal Academy of Arts elects Yinka Shonibare, MBE as a new member

The Royal Academy of Arts in London announced the election of Yinka Shonibare MBE on October 2nd, 2013. Comprising never more than 80 members at one time, Royal Academicians or "RAs" govern the 245-year-old institution and are responsible for its direction. Considered among the highest honors a British artist can receive, the list of past Academicians tells a pocket history of the nation's most influential and important artists, from Thomas Gainsborough to David Hockney and Richard Long.The Royal Academy of Arts in London announced the election of Yinka Shonibare MBE on October 2nd, 2013. Comprising never more than 80 members at one time, Royal Academicians or "RAs" govern the 245-year-old institution and are responsible for its direction. Considered among the highest honors a British artist can receive, the list of past Academicians tells a pocket history of the nation's most influential and important artists, from Thomas Gainsborough to David Hockney and Richard Long. In 2010, Shonibare's Crash Willy (2009) won the Wollaston Award for the most distinguished work in the Royal Academy's annual open-call Summer Exhibition.

Read more on Yinka's election here: https://static.royalacademy.org.uk/files/press-release-ra-elects-new-members-and-trustees-2-10-1722.pdf