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Tuesday 22 January 2013 – Media Release

Canary Wharf unveils its 2013 Public Art Programme

Canary Wharf Group has today announced its sculpture exhibition programme for 2013, curated by Ann Elliott. Talented sculptors Nick Hornby and Eilis O’Connell, colourist Sinta Tantra, ceramicist Halima Cassell and works from the Ingram Collection of Modern British Art – widely acknowledged as one of the UK’s best private art collections – are among the impressive line-up to adorn the famous business and shopping district in the coming year.

Canary Wharf Group’s succession of important exhibitions, part of the ‘Sculpture at Work’ programme, are all free of charge and open to anyone keen to explore this buzzing cosmopolitan destination.

Nick Hornby and Sinta Tantra: Collaborative Works
14 January – 15 March 2013
Lobby, One Canada Square

Opening the exhibition programme is the first collaboration between two creative artists Sinta Tantra and Nick Hornby, one of the London Evening Standard’s ‘Who to Watch 2010’. The two have come together in a unique collaboration and the work on display marks a new departure for the artists.

Having met at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London some years back, the two became firm friends and the offer of an exhibition at Canary Wharf provided the opportunity to explore the possibilities of working together. Seven jointly-conceived pieces have resulted, which demonstrate the synergy of these artists and their creative approaches. Hornby’s pure white sculptures in marble resin composite have been overlaid with the abstract layering of colour and linear motifs of Tantra, whose colour compositions have in their turn inspired 3-dimensional proposals for larger sculptures by Hornby. An extraordinary trompe l’oeil, an artistic optical illusion, fills a huge expanse of wall.

This exhibition closely follows Tantra’s 2012 public art commission for Canary Wharf ‘Á Beautiful Sunset Mistaken for a Dawn’, which adorns the steel DLR bridge across Canary Wharf’s Middle Dock.

Eilis O’Connell
8 April – 24 May 2013
Jubilee Park and Lobby, One Canada Square

On 8 April, critically-acclaimed Irish sculptor Eilis O’Connell will unveil her latest solo exhibition in the lobby of One Canada Square and nearby Jubilee Park. Demonstrating her skilful use of varying materials – from steel and bronze to plastics and natural, found objects – O’Connell’s sculptures show her meticulous attention to surface detail and close observation of the world around her. In a career spanning over 30 years O’Connell has been commissioned to make significant works in the public domain across the UK and Ireland.

Halima Cassell
1 July – 30 August 2013
Lobby, One Canada Square

Over the summer months, Halima Cassell showcases a collection of her exquisite sculptures in the lobby of One Canada Square. She works across a multitude of mediums – including clay, stone and bronze – and her sculptures are based on the form of vessels, carved to allow light to bend, refract and reflect off the surface.

These unique sculptures reflect Cassell’s Asian cultural heritage, alongside influences of African pattern work, and her fascination with architectural geometry. Her work is found in many distinguished museums both in the UK and internationally.

Figurative Bronzes from the Ingram Collection of Modern British Art 16 September – 15 November 2013
Lobby, One Canada Square

Drawing the year to a close, Canary Wharf will host the first ever Central London show of works from the critically-acclaimed Ingram Collection of Modern British Art. Chris Ingram spent the first 40 years of his business life in the media, communications and marketing industry and is regarded as the inventor of the modern media agency. A dedicated art collector, over time he has brought together an impressive collection of work by many of Britain’s most celebrated artists. The exhibition at Canary Wharf will include work by sculptors such as Robert Adams, Kenneth Armitage, Reg Butler, Lynn Chadwick, Geoffrey Clarke, Robert Clatworthy, John Davies, Sir Jacob Epstein, Dame Elisabeth Frink, Bernard Meadows, Sir Edouardo Paolozzi, William Turnbull and Leon Underwood. Ingram’s extensive collection is on long term loan to Woking’s award-winning museum and gallery, The Lightbox.

Commenting on the 2013 exhibition programme, Sally Williams, Public Art Consultant at Canary Wharf Group says: “This year we enter a new and exciting decade of Canary Wharf’s award-winning art programme. We are delighted to host such an impressive line-up of high-profile artists with a series of important exhibitions that are free of charge and open to all.”

ENDS

For further information, please contact:

Rosie Kempson/Clarissa Knox
The Communication Group
T: 020 7630 1411
E: rkempson/cknox@thecommunicationgroup.co.uk

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

EVENT DETAILS:

Nick Hornby and Sinta Tantra: Collaborative Works
14 January to 15 March 2013
Lobby, One, Canada Square

Eilis O’Connell
8 April to 24 May 2013
Lobby, One Canada Square & Jubilee Park

Halima Cassell
1 July to 30 August 2013
Lobby, One Canada Square

Figurative Bronzes from The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art
16 September to 15 November 2013
Lobby, One Canada Square

NOTES TO EDITORS:

About Canary Wharf Group’s Public Art Programme

Canary Wharf has one of the UK’s largest collections of public art and provides 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 65 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 Bill Culbert, bespoke railings by Bruce McLean, floor and wall mosaics by Emma Biggs, sculptural works by Charles Hadcock, 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 at Work’ exhibition programme in the Lobby of One Canada Square and Jubilee Park celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2011 with the publication of Sculpture at Canary Wharf: A Decade of Exhibitions.

Curated by Ann Elliott, the programme during that period has shown over 50 exhibitions in which 132 artists have participated, including Lynn Chadwick, Phillip King CBE PPRA, Dan Graham, Franz West and Wendy Taylor CBE. Royal Academicians who have exhibited at Canary Wharf include Ivor Abrahams, Phyllida Barlow, Ann Christopher, Maurice Cockrill, Stephen Cox, Nigel Hall, Christopher Le Brun, John Maine and David Nash; and many younger artists have shown their work here at the start of their careers.

About Canary Wharf Group plc

Canary Wharf Group plc 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 240 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. 10 new bars and restaurants have opened in the past three years to critical acclaim, creating hundreds of new jobs.

Canary Wharf’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year and more than 65 permanent art works are found throughout the Estate..

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. Canary Wharf Group has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain for the past three years.

100,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.

Canary Wharf Group plc is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.

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