Tuesday 22 September 2015 – Media Release
Turner Prize Artists Come To Canary Wharf In Collaboration With The Multiple Store
- Turner Prize artists Fiona Banner, Grenville Davey, Anya Gallaccio, Langlands & Bell, Cornelia Parker, David Shrigley, Yinka Shonibare MBE and Alison Wilding are among the major contemporary sculptors who showcase in the latest exhibition at Canary Wharf
- At the centre of the exhibition will be the largest-ever showing of artists’ editions (multiples) commissioned by The Multiple Store
- Free entry to the public
- One Canada Square to host a Q&A session with different featured artists every Tuesday throughout October from 6.30–7.30pm*
Renowned artists Kenny Hunter and Cornelia Parker RA will be just two of the top contemporary British artists showing work in this exclusive exhibition celebrating The Multiple Store. Others include Turner Prize nominees Fiona Banner, Anya Gallaccio, Langlands & Bell, Yinka Shonibare MBE, David Shrigley and Alison Wilding RA and Turner Prize winner Grenville Davey. Held in the main lobby of One Canada Square and Jubilee Park, the free exhibition opens to the public on Monday 21st September and will run until Friday 13th November. Private View: Tuesday 22 September 2015, 6-8 pm.
This unique retrospective exhibition will be the largest display of The Multiple Store 3D commissions, also known as ‘multiples’, since it was established in 1998. Set up as a not-for-profit organisation, The Multiple Store encourages and fosters a culture of collecting by commissioning new editions by British artists and offering them at accessible prices. Thanks to this founding principle, people across the globe have been able to purchase high quality editioned works by major British artists. All the works in the show will be for sale through The Multiple Store.
The Multiple Store encourages its artists to experiment with materials they may not normally use. Among the commissions are works made from a wealth of media including oak, cast plastic, brass, blown glass, a pulped paper book and neon light. The lobby of One Canada Square will be home to a host of these small sculptural works, including ‘Brass Tooth’ by David Shrigley; ‘Shoal’ by Ackroyd & Harvey (Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey), ‘Rising’ by Alison Wilding and the two most recent commissions Corinne Felgate’s ‘Baby’s got the Wedgwood Blues’ and Yinka Shonibare MBE’s ’Kaleidoscope’.
In addition, five large-scale sculptures will be prominently displayed in Jubilee Park, all by artists with a multiple in One Canada Square, including Kenny Hunter’s monumental ‘Black Swan,’ which will proudly make its London debut near the park’s water feature.
The lobby at One Canada Square will also host a Q&A with featured artists every Tuesday throughout October, giving the public a rare chance to meet the artists in person and also put forward any questions they may have about the pieces and their inspiration behind them.
Sally Williams, Public Art Consultant, at Canary Wharf Group, said: “It’s been a privilege to work with The Multiple Store on this exclusive exhibition and to bring this diverse range of major British artists to Canary Wharf. These editions offer a unique opportunity for people who want to begin or continue to collect pieces of art at sensible prices. I am looking forward to adding to my own collection!”
Nicholas Sharp, co-founder and Director of The Multiple Store commented: “We are delighted to be able to show our editions in One Canada Square at Canary Wharf, as well as offer some of our artists the chance to show large-scale works in Jubilee Park. Canary Wharf already has a great reputation for showing large-scale sculptures, we will complement that by showing our ‘domestic-sized’ editions, many of which have been acquired by international museums and collections. All work is for sale, enabling new collectors to acquire high-quality work by major names in contemporary British art at reasonable prices. We look forward to meeting new collectors and art-lovers from amongst the Canary Wharf ‘community’, as well as welcoming many of our existing collectors and friends in a dynamic new setting.”
Some of the highlights of the show include:
Brass Tooth by David Shrigley: Brass Tooth is macabre and dysfunctional. By hugely exaggerating the size of the common molar, and making it in solid, heavy brass, David Shrigley pokes fun at our fear of the dentist’s chair. Brass Tooth alerts us to our own mortality, yet reminds us that our teeth (like our bones) may survive for centuries after we die.
Black Swan by Kenny Hunter: Alongside Kenny Hunter’s multiple of four ‘Young Olympians’ showing in One Canada Square, his elegant four-metre tall ‘Black Swan’, cast in resin, will tower above visitors to Jubilee Park. Hunter remains fascinated by the processes involved in making sculptures in the studio and the power that they have to transform materials in order to express his complex and vivid ideas on historical time.
Baby’s Got the Wedgwood Blues by Corinne Felgate: Baby’s got the Wedgwood Blues draws on the famous UK pottery’s heyday, as well as its more recent demise, in an attempt to visualise a future potential for one of Britain’s most iconic heritage brands. The flocked surface draws on Wedgwood’s lust for experimentation with surface colour and texture, and has been painstakingly matched to Wedgwood’s classic colour blues, in much the same way Wedgwood himself endeavoured to emulate the blues he found on roman artefacts.
Monday 21 September to Friday 13 November
Lobby, One Canada Square and Jubilee Park
FREE, open daily
Private View: Tuesday 22 September 6-8 pm (Lobby, One Canada Square)
Curator Ann Elliott and Multiple Store co-founder Nicholas Sharp will be in conversation with the following participating artists:
Tuesday 6 October, 6.30-7.30pm: Corinne Felgate, Simon Periton
Tuesday 13 October, 6.30-7.30pm: Ackroyd & Harvey, Graham Fagen, Sigune Hamann
Tuesday 20 October, 6.30-7.30pm: Liliane Lijn, Kenny Hunter, Grenville Davey
Tuesday 27 October, 6.30-7.30pm: Langlands & Bell, Yinka Shonibare MBE
Tours are free but please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place
For further information, please contact:
Canary Wharf Group
+44 / (0)20 7418 2326
Nabil Hanafi/Hannah Warmington
+44 / (0)20 7592 1200
NOTES TO EDITORS
About The Multiple Store
The Multiple Store was founded in 1998 by Nicholas Sharp and Sally Townsend with the aim of commissioning contemporary British artists to make new editions, investigate new materials and processes and ultimately encourage a culture of collecting by making the works of contemporary artists affordable. The works have been exhibited at venues across the globe, and its editions have been acquired by leading international museums and public collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum. The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Yale Center for British Art.
About Canary Wharf Plc
Canary Wharf Group plc has overseen the largest urban regeneration project ever undertaken in Europe, designing and building more than 16m sq ft of iconic London real estate which now houses local and international companies and renowned retailers.
The Canary Wharf Estate is a major retail destination comprising five shopping malls, including the new leisure development, Crossrail Place, housing one of London’s most stunning roof gardens. It also has world-class, year-round arts and events programme offering over 100 diverse and culturally inspiring events performed throughout the Estate.
Canary Wharf Group is a wholly owned joint venture between Brookfield Property Partners and the Qatar Investment Authority.