Lakhta Center is a multifunctional complex in St. Petersburg with the Gazprom headquarter and public spaces occupying a third of the area. Construction was completed in October 2018, now start work on the arrangement of business and public areas. The opening will take place in about a year, when the complex will be fully prepared to meet guests.
The visual arts have been an important component of the cultural dimension of Canary Wharf from the outset of planning the estate, when the developers invested in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers to realise their commitment to creating an exemplary environment. A public art programme was initiated from the early 1990s, with leading practitioners commissioned to create functional and sculptural works. In 2002 Canary Wharf’s Art Programme won an Art and Work Award for an ‘Outstanding Contribution to Art in the Working Environment’. This achievement was followed in 2010 when Canary Wharf Group won the ‘Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme’ at the International Art and Work Awards.
Canary Wharf’s public art collection now numbers over 60 works of art throughout the estate, including stand-alone pieces and integrated artist-architectural works, all executed by some of the most inspired artists, designers and craftsmen of today. A third edition of the illustrated Art Map: Public Art at Canary Wharf was published in 2010 showing the locations for all these works. The Art Map is freely available around the Estate, and can be distributed to interested individuals and organisations.
Now in its tenth year, the Sculpture in the Workplace temporary exhibition programme takes place in the Lobby of One Canada Square and in Jubilee Park. The intention is to show sculpture in its widest sense by artists from well-established names to those early in their careers, which engages and informs workforce and visitors alike. To date some 130 artists have exhibited in over 45 shows, and a number of works have subsequently been purchased for the permanent collection, most recently Charles Hadcock’s Helisphere in Jubilee Park.
A number of Window Galleries in Canada Place Retail Mall also provide a monthly showcase for artists, craftspeople and designers. The wide variety of exhibits includes fashion, jewellery and applied art, as well as photography, print and painting, and works using the medium of light. With a footfall of 700,000 a week in the malls, this programme brings exhibitors a new, wide audience, and visitors have the opportunity to see unique and unusual pieces by some of today’s most interesting young designers and artists. In addition, a Community Window Gallery is dedicated to showing arts projects by local groups, reflecting the diversity of the community and its many talented participants.
A copy of our public art map is available for download on the main Public Art page. If you would like a paper copy of this map, or of our exhibition leaflets, please request one using the form on the left.
Coming soon... 10 years of exhibitions at Canary Wharf are celebrated in a new book "Sculpture in the Workplace 2001-2011"