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MEDIA RELEASE
6 January 2012

A Century of Olympic Posters to open in Canary Wharf
A Century of Olympic Posters
Lobby, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London
16 January – 2 March 2012
FREE ENTRY

Canary Wharf begins its celebrations of the 2012 London Olympics with A Century of Olympic Posters. The major touring exhibition drawn from the Victoria & Albert Museum’s internationally acclaimed collection will be showing in the Lobby of One Canada Square from 16 January 2012.

The exhibition is a London exclusive in Olympic year, and features many rare and beautiful examples of posters created for the modern Olympic Games, from the early twentieth century to London 2012.

Posters have been a prime means of communication for the modern Olympic Games. Heralding the event, they are designed to build excitement and shape expectations. Their power comes from their broad popular appeal and their ability to relay messages through eye-catching and memorable imagery.

Notable among the collection are Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein designed posters for the 1984 winter and summer Games respectively and posters from the 1936 Games in Berlin, the ‘Workers Olympiad’ in Prague in 1921 and the 1948 Games in London.

Sally Williams Public Art Consultant at Canary Wharf Group says: “The posters provide a fascinating record of our world – a visual document of sport and art, politics and place, commerce and culture. This exhibition will start the Olympic year at Canary Wharf in a very culturally interesting way.”

The exhibition’s venue, One Canada Square, provided the office space for the London 2012 bid team. Canary Wharf is within 9-16 minutes travel of four Olympic venues at ExCeL, the North Greenwich Arena, Greenwich Park and the Olympic Park itself.

The London Olympic Organising Committee, the Olympic Delivery Authority and Prestige Ticketing, the official hospitality ticket provider for London 2012, are all based at Canary Wharf.
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FURTHER DETAILS

For further information, please contact:

Rosie Kempson/Caroline Parrish
The Communication Group
T: 020 7630 1411
E: rkempson@thecommunicationgroup.co.uk

Hamish McDougall
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2326
M: 07779 888 075
E: Hamish.mcdougall@canarywharf.com

NOTES TO EDITORS:

1) Images of the exhibition are available on request, together with an illustrated leaflet

2) About Canary Wharf Group plc

Canary Wharf Group has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate.

There are more than 200 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. Recent fashion openings include Tiffany & Co., Jaeger and Hackett. Seven new bars and restaurants have opened in the past 18 months to critical acclaim, creating over 400 jobs.

Canary Wharf’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year.
20% of the Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year 70,000 seasonal plants are planted.

Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity. CWG has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain for the past three years.

95,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.
Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.
www.canarywharf.com twitter: @yourcanarywharf

3) About Canary Wharf Group’s Public Art Programme

Canary Wharf has one of the UK’s largest collections of public art and year-round exhibitions by leading artists, all free to view.

In 2010 Canary Wharf Group won the Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards, beating entries from around the world.

Canary Wharf’s permanent collection now numbers over 60 works of art, including stand-alone pieces and integrated artist-architectural works, all executed by some of the most inspired artists, designers and craftsmen of today. Among these are a lighting installation by Martin Richman, bespoke railings by Bruce McLean, floor and wall mosaics by Emma Biggs, sculptural works by Danny Lane and Wendy Ramshaw and photographic lightboxes by Catherine Yass. An illustrated Art Map is available showing the locations for the works of art found throughout the Estate.

The ‘Sculpture in the Workplace’ exhibition programme in the Lobby of One Canada Square and Jubilee Park has just celebrated its 10th anniversary with the publication of ‘Sculpture at Canary Wharf: A Decade of Exhibitions’.

Curated for CWG by Ann Elliott, the programme during that period has shown over 50 exhibitions in which 132 artists have participated, from internationally known sculptors such as Lynn Chadwick; Phillip King CBE PPRA, Dan Graham and Franz West; Royal Academicians Ivor Abrahams, Phyllida Barlow, Ann Christopher, Maurice Cockrill, Stephen Cox, Nigel Hall, Christopher Le Brun, John Maine, David Nash; and Wendy Taylor CBE to younger artists at the start of their careers. The exhibits have included sculpture in traditional media like bronze and stone, to digital media.

The programme for 2012 includes Sir Anthony Caro OM, Edward Allington RA, Judith Cowan and Carol McNicoll.