Opening on 5 July, new sculptures by Clare Mitten and Stephanie Quayle are inspired by the exciting and challenging context of the lobby of Britain’s tallest building.

Sculpture in the Workplace
A Curious Context: Sculpture by Clare Mitten and Stephanie Quayle
Free Entry
5 July – 3 September 2010
Lobby, One Canada Square
Canary Wharf, London
Tube/DLR: Canary Wharf

Office equipment from the early 1990s and clay animals placed in unfamiliar locations are two creative features of the latest sculpture exhibition in the lobby of One Canada Square, Canary Wharf.

Opening on 5 July, new sculptures by Clare Mitten and Stephanie Quayle are inspired by the exciting and challenging context of the lobby of Britain’s tallest building.

Clare Mitten has made a suite of extraordinary objects from recycled files, papers and gadgets, based on technological equipment up to 20 years old. Reflecting the changes to office practice since One Canada Square opened in 1991, the handmade items are ‘a Museum of Office Life.’

Mitten’s work also draws on the patterns from the art of the Ancient Aztecs, which she hints at in the witty word play of the titles of her work.

The animals that Stephanie Quayle sculpts in clay give the impression of ‘displaced creatures.’ Urban foxes slink about the lobby as they do in London’s streets and gardens, the orang-utan, ousted from his rainforest, sits on a throne and a monkey sits atop a pile of books.

Quayle seeks to express the animalité of wild creatures, avoiding the animals taking on human characteristics.

Exhibition curator Ann Elliott says: “On the face of it, these artists are very different, although in essence there are almost hidden links, including their speed of delivery after lengthy preparation and their total disregard for highly finished pieces. Their work is both fresh and direct.”

Media and the public are invited to join the artist and curator in conversation on Tuesday 13 July at 1.15pm in the Lobby of One Canada Square. Please call 020 7418 2257 to book a place.

Images of the exhibition are available on request, together with a leaflet with text by curator Ann Elliott.

About the Artists
Clare Mitten studied History of Art with French and European studies at the University of Sussex 1990-94; Foundation Studies in Art and Design 1995-96 and a BA Hons in Fine Art/Painting 1998-2001, both at the University of Gloucestershire; and took an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art, London, 2004-06, graduating with distinction. She has exhibited regularly and has received a number of awards including a Summerfield Scholarship to The British School at Rome, 2000; a Simon Keswick Travel Award, 2001; a South West Arts Bursary, 2002; the Helen Chadwick Memorial Prize, RCA, 2005; a Royal West of England Academy Student Bursary, 2005 and a British Council Artist Residency, Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2008. She lives and works in London.

Stephanie Quayle studied on the Foundation course at the Isle of Man College, gaining a distinction, 2000-01; the Slade School of Fine Art, University of London, where she graduated with a first in sculpture, 2001-05; and sculpture at the Royal College of Art, 2005-07. Quayle has exhibited regularly since 2003, and has received a number of awards including the Slade School of Art award for figurative work in 2005; the Madame Tussauds RCA Degree Show Prize and the REMET RCA Bronze Prize, both in 2005; and the Zelli Porcelain Prize in 2009. She has also received prizes for Ice Carving, at the Jegava Ice Festival, Latvia, 2008 and at the International Ice Competition, Lapland in 2009. Stephanie Quayle teaches, and returns to the family farm on the Isle of Man to work from time to time. She lives and works in London.

Canary Wharf Group’s public art programme

The prime business function of CWG is the building and leasing of Grade A office and retail space at its 97 acre estate in East London (“the Estate”). CWG has a dedicated public art programme; commissions include a light installation by Martin Richman, railings by Bruce McLean, floor works by Emma Biggs, sculptural works by Ron Arad, Danny Lane and Wendy Ramshaw and photographic lightboxes by Catherine Yass.

The ‘Sculpture in the Workplace’ exhibition programme in the Lobby of One Canada Square and Jubilee Park is curated for CWG by Ann Elliott. Past exhibitors include Phillip King, Dan Graham, Keir Smith, Lynn Chadwick, Laura Ford, Phyllida Barlow, Franz West, Keith Wilson, Andrew Sabin, Grenville Davey, Andrew Burton.


For further information and images, please contact:

Hamish McDougall, Canary Wharf Group
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7 418 2326 or +44 (0) 7779 888 075