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Yinka Shonibare CBE - Film

12th March 2019

Watch our new film about the project

The artist in front of one of his quilt artworks at Hereford Cathedral

"We all sometimes feel like strangers," Yinka Shonibare CBE told a packed audience of over 400 people at Hereford Cathedral at the launch of his new work Creatures of the Mappa Mundi in January. The artist came to Hereford to open the exhibition, talk to the project’s participants and to introduce the new works, exclusively interviewed by broadcaster and writer Francine Stock during a public talk in the Cathedral's nave.

“A triumph!” Alison Vermee, Arts Council England
“Really wonderful!” Sophie Motley, Pentabus Theatre
“Such an inspiring evening.” Stephanie Allen, Arts & Heritage
“An astonishing evening at a packed Hereford Cathedral... 700 years on, it's clear that all our worlds and anger and joy are inextricably interwoven and shared.” Nick Millington, Rural Media

Creatures of the Mappa Mundi is at Hereford Cathedral until 1 June 2019, open Monday to Saturday in the Mappa Mundi & Chained Library exhibition.

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Our Film

We commissioned Clear Picture Productions to document the project in a short film. It includes the making process, the launch night, public talk and some of the school workshops that took place after the exhibition opened. Making the film was an opportunity to capture people's thoughts about the central themes of the project; what our society thinks about ‘others’ or ‘outsiders’, our impact on the environment and the extinction of other species. You can watch our short film about the multi-faceted project below.


Creatures of the Mappa Mundi was also featured in a programme on CNN, screened last weekend, called Africa Avant-Garde. The film crew came to the exhibition launch to interview the artist at the Cathedral and the programme will be available online soon.