Canary Wharf Group unveils the latest Eilís O’Connell exhibition

Monday 22 April 2013 – Media Release

Canary Wharf Group unveils the latest Eilís O’Connell exhibition

Critically-acclaimed Irish sculptor Eilís O’Connell unveils her latest solo exhibition in the lobby of One Canada Square and nearby Jubilee Park, in situ until 24th May.









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.

Living and working in rural Ireland not far from Cork, O’Connell is surrounded by beautiful and extensive views of a countryside that yields objects, contours and atmosphere, which are reflected in her sculpture both materially and subliminally. From the curve of a hillside to a sheep’s skull found when out walking, most of O’Connell’s visual experiences and the materials that she gathers around her feed into her work. The skull, preserved forever in clear resin, joins others found or given objects that she has treated in the same way, including a vulture’s feather, coral and a whale bone bleached by the sun. O’Connell’s work allows us all to scrutinise their details and transient beauty now captured for all time.

Visitors can enjoy a tour of the exhibition on Tuesday 30th April, 1.15pm, when curator Ann Elliott tours the exhibition with Eilís O’Connell. Tickets are free, but please contact to reserve a place.
Eilís O’Connell received support for this exhibition from Culture Ireland as part of Ireland’s EU Presidency Culture Programme 2013.


For further information, please contact:

Rachel Bowen/Clarissa Knox
The Communication Group
T: 020 7630 1411

Hamish McDougall
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2326
M: 07779 888 075


About the artist

Eilís O’Connell was born in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1953. She studied at Crawford School of Art, Cork 1970–74, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston 1974–75, and again at Crawford School of Art, 1975–77 where she received the only award for Distinction in Sculpture on graduating. O’Connell has won many awards, most significantly: a fellowship at The British School at Rome 1983–84, a PSI Fellowship from the Irish Arts Council to work in New York 1987–88, a residency at Delfina Studios, London 1988 and a Guest Studio Residency at the Nordic Art Centre, Helsinki 1990. From 1988 until 2001 O’Connell lived and worked in London, establishing a studio in Deptford. She then returned to Ireland, settling in Inniscarra, County Cork, where she has converted a 20th-century dairy into a spacious, light-filled studio with views across the Irish landscape.

Liking to work on a very large scale, O’Connell has won many commissions from public and private patrons since 1979. The most recent is a sculpture to commemorate the life and work of E T S Walton, Ireland’s only Nobel Prize Winner for Science, jointly awarded with Sir John Cockcroft in 1951, for Trinity College, Dublin 2012. O’Connell has exhibited widely with solo shows largely in Britain and Ireland since 1981 and in group exhibitions internationally since 1982.

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About Canary Wharf Group’s Visual Arts 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.