MEDIA RELEASE 23 April 2012

Canary Wharf Unveils 2012 Art Programme

Canary Wharf Group has unveiled its impressive public art programme for 2012. Sir Anthony Caro, Judith Cowan, Luke Jerram, Edward Allington and Carol McNicoll are among the eminent exhibitors at Canary Wharf in the coming months, placing the famous business and shopping district among central London’s most attractive free art destinations in 2012.


Kicking off a landmark year of art with an exhibition of steel and cast iron sculptures, a number of Sir Anthony Caro’s most innovative works can be found in Canary Wharf’s Jubilee Park until 25 May. This powerful exhibition includes a variety of pieces ranging from the intimate to the monumental – some of which date back to the early 1970s.


In conjunction with Sir Anthony Caro’s exhibition, Judith Cowan shows two new installations – jointly entitled ‘The Stuff of Dreams’ – in the Lobby of One Canada Square until 25 May. Consisting of two separate installations ‘The Palace of Raw Dreams and Globes of Stuff (one to five)’, the exhibition draws on the theme of displacement, the idea that the familiar can be linked to a new reality, like the world of dreams. ‘The Palace of Raw Dreams’ features a towering walkway and large screen with ghostly projections of traditional Sicilian puppet shows.

‘Globes of Stuff (one to five)’ was inspired by a moving photograph of a man raking through the mud for his belongings in the aftermath of the Pakistan floods. It re-enacts the incident in an almost theatrical manner – a series of spheres, bound by cloth and painted white like the enveloping mud, enclosing everyday objects such as books, trainers and umbrellas.


Until 10 May Luke Jerram’s ‘Aeolus’, an unusual and eye-catching acoustic wind pavilion, can be found in Canary Wharf’s leafy Canada Square Park. Launched in London for the first time, the singing sculpture was inspired by Jerram’s 2007 trip to Iran. The mirrored interiors of its tubes draw the surrounding visual landscape into the artwork with a kaleidoscopic effect. ‘Aeolus’ follows Jerram’s celebrated ‘Sky Orchestra’ and unique ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ Street Pianos which will, for the third consecutive year, be found throughout Canary Wharf this summer.


Edward Allington’s ‘We Are Time: Past and Future Works’ exhibition runs from 16 July – 7 September in the Lobby of One Canada Square. Wit, irony, human endeavour and an unusual take on classical themes and motifs are all part of the superb sculptures, making them topical in light of this London 2012 Games.


As London 2012 fever takes hold, from 23 July to 9 September Canary Wharf’s Jubilee Park hosts an exhibition of nine life-size portraits of some of Britain’s best sporting champions by renowned painter and East Londoner, Teresa Witz.

These feature dedicated, disciplined and inspiring UK athletes such as Mark Hunter, Victoria Barr, David Weir, Vanessa Raw, Perri Shakes-Drayton and Jeanette Kwakye. Supporting this outdoor exhibition, further portraits of sporting champions (including Zac Purchase and Lee Pearson) will be exhibited in the Window Gallery of Canada Place Mall from 30 July to 24 August.


From 24 September to 16 November, internationally-acclaimed ceramicist Carol McNicoll and bespoke furniture-maker Sam Scott host an unusual exhibition in the Lobby of One Canada Square. McNicoll’s politically-inspired ceramics will be placed on Scott’s tables, desks, sideboards and cupboards. McNicoll’s pieces range from the exaggerated to the absurd, including models of soldiers in combat uniform sitting in a circle on a plate or images of aircraft interspersed with traditional floral ceramic patterning.


The next Canary Wharf’s Winter Lights programme, is due in November 2012, and will see artists and designers create unusual installations using light and sound, lighting up evenings in Jubilee Park.

Commenting on this year’s public art programme, Sally Williams, Public Art Consultant at Canary Wharf Group says: “In many ways 2012 is a landmark year for London and the eyes of the world will be on us. We want the 2012 art exhibition programme at Canary Wharf to be worthy of London’s reputation as the cultural capital of the world.”

“Canary Wharf is a world-class destination with an outstanding architectural, artistic and cultural offering. We hope that all those coming to London this summer will visit Canary Wharf and enjoy some of Capital’s best visual arts, all of which are free of charge and open to all.”


For further information, please contact:

Rosie Kempson/Clarissa Knox
The Communication Group
T: 020 7630 1411
E: rkempson/

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


Anthony Caro in Jubilee Park
12 March – 25 May 2012
Jubilee Park

Judith Cowan – The Stuff of Dreams
19 March – 25 May
Lobby of One Canada Square

Luke Jerram presents ‘Aeolus’ – Acoustic Wind Pavilion
27 March – 10 May
Canada Square Park

We Are Time: Past and Future work by Edward Allington
16 July – 7 September
Lobby of One Canada Square

Teresa Witz – Sporting Champions
23 July – 14 September
Jubilee Park and Canada Place Mall Window Gallery

Carol McNicoll and Sam Scott
24 September – 16 November
Lobby of One Canada Square

Canary Wharf Winter Lights Installation
December 2012 – February 2013


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 celebrated its 10th anniversary 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. Royal Academicians wo have exhibited at Canary Wharf include Ivor Abrahams, Phyllida Barlow, Ann Christopher, Maurice Cockrill, Stephen Cox, Nigel Hall, Christopher Le Brun, John Maine, David Nash; and Wendy Taylor CBE, along with many younger artists at the start of their careers.

About Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG)

Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) 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 and more than 60 art works by 45 artists and designers is found throughout the Estate. Temporary art exhibitions run throughout the year, with recent exhibitors including Peter Randall-Page, Phillip King and Phyllida Barlow.
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.

Over 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.