'Stop Cutting' artwork by Yinka Shonibare

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The latest artwork created in support of the Save the Arts campaign has arrived!

The artwork by Yinka Shonibare

The artwork by Yinka Shonibare

We have been following the progress of this campaign here on the blog, as well as highlighting our own petition against potential cuts - you can sign it online here.

This striking new work by Fourth Plinth artist Yinka Shonibare was unveiled today as part of the campaign supported by over 100 leading British artists against the government’s proposed funding cuts of the arts.

The artist’s work shows a slash across a piece of brightly coloured African fabric for which the artist has become well known with the caption: 'Stop Cutting'.

Yinka Shonibare MBE has become well known for work that explores issues of race and class through the media of painting, sculpture, photography and, most recently, film. He was a Turner prize nominee in 2004 and he was awarded an MBE, a title that he has added to his professional name. His commission for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, Nelson's Ship in a Bottle, was installed in May this year and in June his major new public art work covering the gable end of a thirteen-storey tower block, commissioned by the South London Gallery to celebrate their expansion, was unveiled in Camberwell.