Canary Wharf Group has teamed up with Kingston School of Art’s creative agency Studio KT1 to add colour, creativity and originality to Jubilee Place mall. The artwork will wrap the window of a selected storefront giving shoppers an improved retail environment while offering a unique opportunity to an up-and-coming artist.
Students pitched their designs for the project to Canary Wharf Group at the start of the summer with the focus on bold, bright and eye-catching displays. Of the 14 applicants from a variety of courses, Louise Hung’s work was chosen for its playful design and nod to sustainability and biodiversity.
The artwork depicts a fantasy future landscape bursting with life as animals and wildlife congregate in Louise’s colourful, unique illustrative style.
Louise Hung, BA Illustration Animation student at Kingston School of Art says, “The illustration was inspired by Half-Earth written by biologist E. O. Wilson (2016). Half-Earth is a call to protect half the land and sea to manage sufficient habitat to safeguard the bulk of biodiversity. I am very lucky to have this opportunity, illustrating topics that I am interested in: ecology, sustainability and our planet.”
Louise’s winning artwork will be on display throughout autumn in Canary Wharf’s Jubilee Place mall.
Studio KT1 is a creative agency within the art school giving current students the opportunity to work on paid live projects while they study. The agency, headed up by Claire Selby, has worked with a number of high-profile clients including Unilever, BBC R&D and Veolia. They are also working with Kingston First on a successful project “Kingston Canvas” to wrap vacant shops in Kingston upon Thames.
Claire Selby, Enterprise Projects Lead, Studio KT1 says “We are really delighted to be giving young talent from Kingston School of Art opportunities at a time when traditional exhibition spaces are experiencing difficulties and being closed down or cancelled. Thanks to our work with Keith and his team at CWG we are able to showcase Louise’s work to a large audience in an incredibly high footfall area.”
Keith Watson, Public Art Curator, Canary Wharf Group says, “I’m so pleased that we are able to support students of Kingston University, at a time of great difficulty for them. The winning project by Louise brings a beautiful fresh approach to illustration and will enhance the shopping experience for our visitors.”
Louise’s latest artwork is the latest addition to the Estate’s public art collection, which is the UK’s latest collection of free to visit public art. More than 75 permanent works by over 50 world-renowned artists and craftsmen are on display across the Estate.
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Notes to Editors
About Kingston University
Named one of the top 50 institutions in the country in the latest Guardian University Guide league tables and best in the country for design, Kingston University is the largest higher education provider in South West London. Its four campuses are located within close proximity of Kingston upon Thames town centre and just 25 minutes from central London.
Offering a comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, the University is committed to transforming its students’ lives, ensuring they emerge from their degree programmes as graduates sought after for their knowledge, confidence and skills. It is a sector leader for its work opening up higher education to the wider community and boosting social mobility by encouraging all students, irrespective of their start in life, to make the most of the many benefits degree-level learning has to offer.
The University is a growing force in research and pioneer in entrepreneurship. Developments in teaching, learning and facilities have all contributed to positioning the University at the heart of education and economic development both in the capital and across the surrounding region.
For further information about Kingston University, visit www.kingston.ac.uk.
About Canary Wharf Group:
Canary Wharf Group (CWG) is the developer of the largest urban regeneration project in Europe. CWG develops, manages and currently owns interests in approximately 7.7 million square feet of office space, 0.9 million square feet of retail and over 1,000 Build-to-Rent apartments.
CWG is the largest sustainable developer in the UK with over 11 million square feet of sustainable certified buildings. CWG also excels operationally having purchased 100% electricity from renewable sources since 2012 and zero waste to landfill since 2009.
CWG has created a 24/7 city where people can live/work/play on the Canary Wharf estate and enjoy all the benefits: great transport links, access to green spaces and waterside living; and a wide range of amenities including an award-winning arts and events programme.
Canary Wharf’s retail offering comprises over 300 shops, including grocery stores, pharmacies, health clubs, bars and restaurants, all within 15 minutes’ walk.
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