Do Good Because of Tomorrow – Yinka Ilori

Exhibition, 09 July – 30 July 2016

Free artist events

Simple Acts with Barby Asante
Wednesday 27 July, 6:30–8:30pm

Family Workshop: Calabash Painting
Saturday 30 July, 11:30–1pm

Evening Sharing Event: Nigerian Movie Night
Tuesday 16 July, 6:30–8:30pm

Professional development with Milton Keynes College

An exhibition of new work by London based artist and designer Yinka Ilori in collaboration with fifteen children from Giffard Park Primary, Great Linford Primary and St Monica’s Catholic Primary schools, as the first stage of Common Ground; twelve months of collaborations between artists Yinka Ilori, Ibiye Camp, Tom Dale, Groundwork and our communities.

Inspired by the traditional Nigerian parables and African fabrics that surrounded him as child, Ilori specialises in the up-cycling of vintage furniture. Bringing verbal tradition into playful conversation with contemporary design, each piece of furniture he creates tells a story.

Working with Milton Keynes Arts Centre on our community-based project Common Ground has reminded Ilori of a philosophy instilled in him by his parents. Do Good Because of Tomorrow takes its title from a widely used Nigerian phrase that encourages people to participate in good deeds in their community, fostering positive change.

To introduce his latest collection Ilori invited his audience into an uplifting space that embodies feelings of happiness and joy. In this room chairs represent the catalyst releasing this energy, the people that have 'paid it forward'.

Yinka Ilori is passionately against the unnecessary waste he has seen in European and West African consumer cultures, a stance which drives him to reuse discarded furniture and other found objects. This process restores new life and purpose to reclaimed materials allowing them to take on new meanings.

Common Ground expanded upon Milton Keynes Arts Centre's community participation and artist development programmes by offering a twelve month season of five distinct projects, each presenting high quality and meaningful opportunities for engagement between a diverse spectrum of artists and communities living in Milton Keynes. Working with artists Yinka Ilori, Ibiye Camp, Tom Dale, Izzy Parker and Groundwork (Ashleigh Griffith and Cara Davies), our projects saw artists work directly with our communities to create new works and establish a connected programme of workshops, professional and artistic development, salons and supper clubs targeting artists and practitioners based in Milton Keynes.

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