For the London 2012 and Create Festivals, Frieze Foundation has been commissioned to produce five new public art projects located throughout east London's Olympic host boroughs. The artists taking part are: Can Altay, Sarnath Banerjee, Anthea Hamilton & Nicholas Byrne, Gary Webb and Klaus Weber.
The series has been programmed by Frieze Foundation curator Sarah McCrory
Frieze Projects East is a series of new public art projects commissioned by the London 2012 Festival and CREATE. The series comprises six site-specific artists’ works specially commissioned for the Olympic Host Boroughs in East London: Barking and Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.
The commissioned artists are Can Altay, Sarnath Banerjee, Ruth Ewan, Anthea Hamilton & Nicholas Byrne, Gary Webb and Klaus Weber. Curated by Sarah McCrory, the works will each engage local residents and visitors in different ways from a sculpture that is also a playground to a strip cartoon in local free newspapers. The projects also vary in scale from large spectacles to more intimate works. While the group of artists is international, each has a personal connection to East London.
All works are free to enter and are accompanied by a series of public talks and walks as well as workshops for local schools and families. Further details and downloads can be found on the Frieze Projects East website.
Commissioned by the London 2012 Festival and CREATE, Frieze Projects East is curated and produced by Frieze Foundation.
About the London 2012 Festival
The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Spread over four years, it is designed to give everyone in the UK a chance to be part of London 2012 and inspire creativity across all forms of culture, especially among young people.
The culmination of the Cultural Olympiad will be the London 2012 Festival, a spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK, from Midsummers Day on 21 June and running until the final day of the Paralympic Games on 9 September 2012.
The London 2012 Festival will celebrate the range, quality and accessibility of the UK’s culture including dance, music, theatre, the visual arts, fashion, film and digital innovation, giving the opportunity for people across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Principal funders of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival are ArtsCouncil England, Legacy Trust UK and the Olympic Lottery Distributor. BP and BT are Premier Partners of the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival.
For more details on the programme and to sign up for information visit: www.London2012.com/festival
Frieze Projects East details
Can Altay: Distributed
Location: William Morris Gallery and selected municipal and social housing (Waltham Forest), E17.
Altay's artwork can be found across key buildings in Waltham Forest. Over twenty large, mirror-ball like sculptures have been placed on doors. The works can be touched, used, and handled by the local communities that live and work in Waltham Forest. Accompanying the artwork, a series of discursive pamphlets will be published and distributed. Altay's temporary residence at the William Morris Gallery during August will consist of workshops and talks discussing and recording reactions to the artwork.
Sarnath Banerjee: Gallery of Losers, (Non-performers, almost-winners, under- achievers,
Location: Selected billboards throughout host boroughs and in local newspapers.
Banerjee's graphic illustrations will be presented across posters, billboards, local newspapers, and hoardings throughout the Olympic boroughs. Banerjee's humorous graphic narratives reference and draw on the shared history of competitive sport, from the personal to the universal, and the local to the international. The stories depict Banerjee's own failed forays into amateur sports, alongside better-known partial successes in Olympic history.
Anthea Hamilton and Nicholas Byrne: Love
Location: Poplar Baths (Tower Hamlets), E14.
Anthea Hamilton and Nicholas Byrne are inhabiting Poplar Baths with large brightly-coloured suspended and free-standing inflatable sculptures. Referencing the famous LOVE sculpture by American artist Robert Indiana, Byrne and Hamilton's installation draws on the visual languages of art deco—inspired by the period in which the building was re-opened as a vibrant bathhouse, music hall and theatre. The inflatables incorporate influences from advertising, popular culture, psychedelia, and an underlying cheeky sexuality. The project will allow visitors to access the spectacular art deco interior of Poplar Baths which first opened in 1852. Rebuilt in the 1930s as a huge sport, health, and leisure complex; the baths has been closed to the public since the early 1980s.
Gary Webb: Squeaky Clean
Location: Charlton Park (Greenwich), SE7.
Webb's commission sees the construction of a permanent and interactive public sculpture installed within a popular community park. Built from steamed wood, polished aluminum and cast resin, the work combines brightly coloured and large-scale public sculpture with elements of modular playground equipment. Webb's sculptural exploration into material and form is available for children to clamber on as a living artwork.
Klaus Weber: Sandfountain
Location: 5 Sugar House Lane, (Newham) E15.
Weber presents a distinctive take on a traditional way to artificially ornament a site. Sandfountain takes the form of a traditional three-tiered fountain but is engineered to propel sand rather than water. The artist has made several previous fountain projects. Like them, Sandfountain is part visual-pun, part spectacle, both confounding our material expectations and emphasising its own artifice.
Klaus Weber's work will be on view 1–26 August 2012.
Ruth Ewan: The CREATE Art Award, Liberties of the Savoy
Ewan has been working with a group of creative mentors and more than 200 young people from across east London to create The Liberties of the Savoy, drawing inspiration from events that took place in 14th-century London. On 17 July, young people from across the six Olympic host boroughs travelled to The Savoy's Lancaster Ballroom to create a unique event inspired by the Peasants' Revolt of 1381. Throughout the planning and execution of the event, the young participants have been made responsible for every aspect of the project including the menu, music, performance, design, and transport.
Produced with additional support from The Savoy.
The CREATE Art Award is the largest participatory art award in the UK and is sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Frieze Projects East is open from 18 July 2012 as part of the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad.