Exhibitions & News


Bringing Image to Life

Bringing Image to Life – a  conversation on the hidden labour of sound designers with Chu-Li Shewring and Zhe Wu chaired by The Wire’s writer Chal Ravens

Tuesday 7 November, 6:30pm
Genesis Cinema
93-95 Mile End Rd
London E1 4UJ
Tickets £5

Two women sound designers shortlisted for the 2017 Jules Wright Prize share insight into their invisible art and craft of layering emotions, mood and underscoring actions in films. From field recording in unusual locations to solitary work in the studio, Chu-Li Shewring and Zhe Wu offer a glimpse to the behind the scenes of giving films the power to speak, draw us in and move us through space, time and emotions.

The event is presented in partnership between Film London Artists’s Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) and The Wapping Project.

Chu-Li Shewring is a filmmaker and sound designer collaborating mainly with artists and independent filmmakers. She is also a visiting sound tutor at UCL and the National Film and Television School. Before this, she worked at the production company Illuminations that specialises in films about the arts, then as a medical videographer at Charing Cross Hospital. Shewring is a graduate of MA in Sound Design at the National Film and Television School. Hunger (2008), by Steve McQueen, was one of her first experiences working with an artist. Her most recent collaborations are with the artist Frances Scott on her film installation CANWEYE { } (2016), and her archival film Diviner. Shewring has also worked with the artists Ben Rivers, Phil Coy and Esther Johnson.

Zhe Wu grew up in China and is based in London. She works worldwide as a sound designer and re-recording mixer. In 2010, she received two Verna Fields nominations for Golden Reels Awards from the MPSE (Motion Picture Sound Editors) in Los Angeles and a Best Sound nomination from the British Animation Awards. Wu worked with artist filmmaker Sarah Turner on her two feature films Perestroika and Public House. She has also worked on the film installation The Running Tongue by Siobhan Davies and David Hinton. Rather than creating sounds that simply “enlarge” the picture, she is interested in sound design that enhances the emotion and storytelling of the film.

Chal Ravens is London-based music journalist specialising in electronic and experimental music. She is a regular contributor to The Wire, Pitchfork, The Guardian and FACT Magazine, and the host of Top Flight, a weekly radio show on Red Bull Radio dedicated to brand new club music from around the world.

Read more about Jules Wright Prize



Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s feature length documentary Erase & Forget at London Film Festival

Tuesday 10 October, 6:15pm
ICA Cinema, Screen 1

We are proud to announce that The Wapping Project supported extraordinary film by artist and activist Andrea Luka Zimmerman will have its UK Premiere at the 61st BFI London Film Festival on 10 October as part of Experimenta.

Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s feature documentary is a portrait of Bo Gritz. Lt. Col. James Gordon ‘Bo’ Gritz – “the American Soldier” for the Commander-in-Chief of the Vietnam War – is one of the most decorated combatants in US history. The inspiration behind RAMBO, Colonel John ‘Hannibal’ Smith (THE A-TEAM) and Brando’s Colonel Kurtz (APOCALYPSE NOW), Gritz was at the heart of American military and foreign policy – both overt and covert – from the Bay of Pigs to Afghanistan.

Filmed over 10 years, Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s portrait is an artist’s perspective of an individual and a country in crisis. She explores the implications on a personal and collective level of identities founded on a profound, even endemic violence. She examines the propagation of that violence through Hollywood and the mass media, the arms trade and ongoing governmental policy.


Tickets available from the Festival website
Public booking: Thursday 14 September from 10:00


Kitchen Conversations London: Creative Destruction 25.05.17
Photo: Thomas Zanon-Larcher
Photo: Thomas Zanon-Larcher

Thursdays 25 May, 29 June and 20 July
doors open 6pm for 6:30 start

The Future Laboratory
26 Elder Street
London E1 6BT

Tickets: £12 (include drinks and snacks)

Kitchen Conversations are inspired by the Eastern European tradition of critical discussions about art, world politics and dissatisfaction with the state of affairs that happened in private kitchens during the decades of communism. They are pockets of freedom, spaces for thinking out loud and dreaming up the future.

The first three Kitchen Conversations in London are curated by writer and curator Vicky Richardson and reflect our ambition to reject taboos and fixed positions. The term ‘creative destruction’ was originally coined by the economist Joseph Schumpeter in 1942 and is the title of a new book arguing for profound cultural, political and economic change. During three conversations this summer, we ask whether the creation of the new must go hand in hand with dismantling old ways of thinking and structures. Political ruptures in recent months appear to be destructive, but may have unlocked a new period of creative freedom where the old rules and certainties no longer exist.

Join us for talks, readings, screenings and debates over a glass of wine.

KC 03 Thursday 25 May: On Ruins, Wrecks and Renaissance

With Phil Mullan, Josh Wright and Richard Wilson

The first conversation opens with an economist, architect and artist each of whom has been inspired in different ways by industry. A screening of two works made within the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, the former home of The Wapping Project, and a provocation are the starting point for a conversation considering how we reconcile respect for the past with visions of the future, and how far we should we go in destroying work in order to move on.

An Extensive Walk (1993) by Josh Wright
Butterfly (2003) by Richard Wilson
Book: Creative destruction: how to start an economic renaissance (2017) by Phil Mullan

KC 04 Thursday 29 June: On Artists’ Response to Destruction and the Need for Unbounded Space

With Shona Illingworth, Andrew Hoskins and Elisabetta Gasparoni

Shona Illingworth’s film 216 Westbound considers the physical and psychological effects of an act of violence on John Tulloch, a survivor of the 7/7 London bombings and its wider social and political impact – as a consequence, John can no longer look up at the sky. Professor Andrew Hoskins, Interdisciplinary Research Professor in College of Social Sciences – Global Security, will join the conversation. Responses to this powerful work will come from Elisabetta Gasparoni, convenor of the Future Cities Project Readers Group.

KC 05 Thursday 20 July: On Destruction and Preservation in Creative Process

With Alia Syed, Noski Deville, Smout Allen and Agnieszka Studzinska

Cinematographer Noski Deville and artist filmmaker Alia Syed discuss creation and destruction in their collaboration. Poet Agnieszka Studzinska, author of Passage, and architects Smout Allen, whose work Infractus: the taking of Robin Hood Gardens, deals with the controversial demolition of Alison and Peter Smithson’s 1972 housing estate in east London, join the conversation on destruction and preservation.

Rare opportunity to see Alia Syed’s film Priya (2011) from 16mm print.

Our next publication of commissioned writing is launched during KC 05.
Pick up your copy free of charge.


Kitchen Conversations London are presented in partnership and with generous support of The Future Laboratory

The Future Laboratory is one of the world’s most renowned and respected futures consultancies. A leader in trend forecasting, consumer insight and strategic innovation, we give clients the confidence to make the right decisions and investments to survive and thrive in the future. The Future Laboratory ethos is simple: to help businesses make the future happen.


Phil Mullan is a writer and business manager, who researches, writes and lectures on economic, demographic and business issues. Currently working independently, in 2014 Mullan completed eight years in senior management roles with Easynet Global Services, an international communications services company. Previously he had been chief executive of the internet services and training company Cybercafé Ltd.
Phil Mullan is the author of Creative Destruction: How to start an economic renaissance published on 29 March 2017 by Policy Press.

Richard Wilson  is one of Britain’s most renowned sculptors. He is internationally celebrated for his interventions in architectural space which draw heavily for their inspiration from the worlds of engineering and construction.
Wilson’s projects have generated universal critical acclaim. These include 20:50, a sea of reflective sump oil installed in the Saatchi Collection. Turning the Place Over a commission for Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture, 2008. Hang on a minute lads, I’ve got a great idea, his regional cultural Olympic exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, 2012, and Slipstream, a major commission for Heathrow’s new T2 in April 2014. He has just closed a major solo show at the Annely Juda Gallery in London, 2017.

Josh Wright is an Australian architect behind London based practice Shed 54, which converted the derelict Wapping Hydraulic Power Station into a home for the renown arts organisation The Wapping Project. The practice has focused on medium scale modernist projects, which emphasised alternative technology and environmental concerns in an urban context, and covered residential, commercial, retail and arts projects. It made pragmatic use of basic building materials such as concrete, steel, glass and timber to underline its sustainable, low energy ethos. The materials were used in ways, which emphasise their essential characteristics, creating a fundamental aesthetic, which exposes their beauty.

Shona Illingworth is a Danish Scottish artist who works across a range of media including video, sound, photography and drawing. She is known for her immersive video and multi-channel sound installations, and evocative, research-led practice in which she explores the dynamic processes of memory, cultural erasure and construction of histories in situations of social tension and trauma. Her work has been exhibited internationally, with shows at the Museum of Modern Art, Bologna, FACT, Liverpool, UNSW Galleries, Sydney and the Wellcome Collection, London. She has received high profile commissions from Film and Video Umbrella, the Hayward Gallery, London and Channel 4 Television. Upcoming exhibitions include Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto, and Imperial War Museum, London, and a book on her recent work will be published in 2017.

Andrew Hoskins is Interdisciplinary Research Professor in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow. His research connects multiple aspects of emergent digital society: media, memory, conflict, risk, security, and privacy. His latest book (with John Tulloch) is: Risk and Hyperconnectivity: Media and Memories of Neoliberalism (Oxford University Press, 2016) and his edited Digital Memory Studies: Media Pasts in Transition will be published in August by Routledge.  He is founding Editor-in-Chief of the Sage journal of Memory Studies and founding Co-Editor of the Palgrave Macmillan book series Memory Studies. His AHRC Research Leadership Fellowship with the British Army’s Historical Branch in Whitehall and The National Archives exposed the impact of cultural, technological, economic, and policy change on organizations, archivists, and records, and on the history of warfare (archivesofwar.com).

Elisabetta Gasparoni is Convenor of the Future Cities Project Readers’ Group, and since 2013 has been a researcher and producer for the international festival the Battle of Ideas organised by the Institute of Ideas. She is a linguist with expertise in Italian literature and language, art and urban theory. She has taught in Milan, Hamburg, San Francisco and London, and has been engaged in academic research on Italian modern literature since 2014. At present she is completing a book about the life and work of Sicilian writer Maria Messina whose place in twentieth century fiction has been long forgotten. Her next project will explore the historical, political and cultural relationship between the novel I promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni and the opera Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi.

Alia Syed is an artist filmmaker born in 1964 in Swansea, Wales. Syed lives between London and Glasgow. Syed has been making experimental films for over 25 years.Syed’s recent works combine her interest in storytelling with a compelling presentation of history as visual narrative. Her unique approach sutures different subject positions in relation to culture, diaspora and location. She was shortlisted for the 2015 Jarman Award and her latest film On a wing and a prayer was shown at the 2016 London Film Festival.

Noski Deville is a filmmaker, cinematographer and a Senior Lecturer at UCA. She is committed to education and training in film, and has lectured and technically tutored at many respected and influential institutions including UCA, Goldsmiths College of Art, Portsmouth University, The Slade School of Art, Sankofa Black Film & Video Workshop, and the London Filmmakers Co-Op.
She has a long established and continuing career as a Cinematographer/Director of Photography, both within the commercial sector and in the field of Fine Art practice. She has worked with many high profile artists including Steve McQueen, Isaac Julien, Alia Syed and Jananne Al-Ani.
In 2015, Noski won the Jules Wright Award for her extensive and long standing contribution to art as a cinematographer.

Agnieszka Studzinska has an MA in Creative Writing from the UEA. Her first debut collection, Snow Calling was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award 2010. Her second collection, What Things Are is published by Eyewear (2014). She is currently working on her third collection of poetry as well as her PhD at Royal Holloway; ‘The house a shelter for imaginings” – The Poetics of Literary Home-Making in Poetry: Home in Poetry and Poetry as Home.

Smout Allen
Mark Smout — Professor of Architecture and Landscape Furtures, and Laura Allen — Professor of Architecture and Augmented Landscapes are based at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.
Their work takes two routes, architectural competitions, where the particular rigour of the competition brief, site and program provide the basis for new investigations and, conceptual design projects which test out the agenda and methodology of the design research practice. They focus on the dynamic relationship between the natural and the man made and how this can be revealed to enhance the experience of the architectural landscape.

On Place, Ruins and Memory 16.06.17
Richard Wilson, Butterfly, 2003
Richard Wilson, Butterfly, 2003

Screening & Conversation

Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Art Centre
Isle of North Uist
Outer Hebrides

Friday 16 June 7pm

For a very long time, The Wapping Project worked with a place central to its commissioning, the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station. All the works were in dialogue with the unique and powerful space in which they presented themselves to the world. As an audience, you had to take courage to step down into an often dark cellar-like space where the magic of the building and the artworks worked in synergy.

 We were haunted by the rich texture of a rescued industrial ruin with visible marks of its past. We worked within it producing work that connected with it literally through hooks, bolts and brackets, as well as through concepts and metaphors. Eventually, we absorbed the building into ourselves and no longer needed its physicality to work in its spirit.

 On Place, Ruins and Memory brings together a selection of works from The Wapping Project’s extensive archives, as well as two pieces by artists recently commissioned to produce new works that are currently in development. The programme includes works by Richard Wilson, Luca Silvestrini & Bettina Strickler, Shona Illingworth, Marta Michalowska and Mairead McClean.

 Join the co-directors of The Wapping Project for an evening of screenings and a conversation about the history and future of this unique cultural organisation set up by the late theatre director Jules Wright outside mainstream arts funding structures.

Kitchen Conversations 29.03.17

The Wapping Project launches its new international platform for debate about art, politics, economy, history and science… and anything that needs the attention of a Kitchen Conversation.

The conversations are inspired by the Eastern European tradition of critical discussions about art, world politics and dissatisfaction with the state of affairs that happened in private kitchens during the decades of communism. They are pockets of freedom, spaces for thinking out loud and dreaming up the future.

The first kitchen conversation will take place in San Francisco. London events will start in May 2017.


Kitchen Conversation San Francisco 01: Shifting Ground

Wed the 29th March 2017, 7pm

Timken Lecture Hall
California College of the Arts
1111 8th Street
San Francisco
CA 94107

Free, booking essential by email: kc-sf@thewappingproject.org

The hour-long screening brings together films by five women artists working on the intersection of personal and political. Coming from very different backgrounds and places, they find a poetic response to the very world they inhabit — the places, the time, the memory, the present and the past — Gdansk, Glasgow, County Tyrone and London.

The programme is a journey through geography, time and memory. From the Gdansk Shipyard in Poland, where the downfall of communism began, through snow clad European landscapes about to shift, through childhood memories of Glasgow, Scotland, and a family home in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, during the Troubles, to London in the face of terrorism.

Featuring film work by Meghana Bisineer, Shona Illingworth, Mairéad McClean, Marta Michalowska and Alia Syed.

The screening will be followed by a discussion moderated by writer and curator Karen Fiss with artists Jeanne C. Finley, Lynn Marie Kirby and Meghana Bisineer, and The Wapping Project’s director Marta Michalowska.

in Association with
Bay Area Women in Contemporary Art (WICAN)
California College of the Arts


Without 26.01.17

Installation by Marta Michalowska featuring a triptych of films:
Without Reflection, Without Shadow and Without.

On show at Kronenboden, Schwedenstrasse 16, 13357 Berlin.

In the triptych of films set in an empty room surrounded by trees and fallen leaves spilling from the screen, Marta Michalowska takes us on a journey through the landscapes of northern Poland and the internal landscapes marked by mourning. We follow a solitary woman to a score by British composer Billy Cowie.

The work was prompted by the powerful image of a claustrophobic house enveloped in grief with all its mirrors covered by white sheets, preventing a tormented soul endlessly bouncing between them. The image provoked an exploration of death and loss. The triptych is a meditation on grief.

Without Reflection and Without Shadow were commissioned by The Wapping Project for the exhibition Undiscovered Landscapes at its now former home, Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, in 2011. The complete triptych of films premiered at the Whitechapel Gallery in September 2016.


Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s ERASE AND FORGET at BERLINALE 09.02.17

Our first project supported through The Wapping Project Commissions will premiere at this year’s Berlinale in the Panorama Dokumente section.

Premiere: Saturday 11 Feb, 8pm, CineStar 7

Further Screenings: 
Sunday 12 Feb, 2:30pm, CineStar 7
Monday 13 Feb, 10pm, Zoo Palast 2
Friday 17 Feb, 5pm, International

The advance ticket sales start on Monday, February 6 at 10.00 am (CET).
For tickets, please check the Berlinale website

Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s feature documentary is a portrait of Bo Gritz. Lt. Col. James Gordon ‘Bo’ Gritz – “the American Soldier” for the Commander-in-Chief of the Vietnam War – is one of the most decorated combatants in US history. The inspiration behind RAMBO, Colonel John ‘Hannibal’ Smith (THE A-TEAM) and Brando’s Colonel Kurtz (APOCALYPSE NOW), Gritz was at the heart of American military and foreign policy – both overt and covert – from the Bay of Pigs to Afghanistan.

Bo was financed by Clint Eastwood and William Shatner, who supported his ‘deniable’ missions searching for American POWs in Vietnam. He has exposed US government drug running, turning against the Washington elite as a result. He has run for President, created a homeland community in the Idaho Wilderness and trained Americans in strategies of counter-insurgency against the incursions of their own government.

Bo has also killed at least 400 people. Often in the most appalling ways.

He embodies contemporary American society in all its dizzying complexity and contradiction.

Today, Bo lives in the Nevada desert where he once secretly trained Afghan Mujahedeen. He is loved and admired by his community. He sleeps with many weapons. He finds it hard to sleep…

Filmed over 10 years, Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s portrait is an artist’s perspective of an individual and a country in crisis. She explores the implications on a personal and collective level of identities founded on a profound, even endemic violence. She examines the propagation of that violence through Hollywood and the mass media, the arms trade and ongoing governmental policy.

Deploying confessional and exploratory interviews, news and cultural footage, creative re-enactment and previously unseen archive material (Afghan Mujahadeen and proof of the CIA’s drug-dealing out of South East Asia), the film proposes a multi-layered investigation of war as a social structure, a way of being for individuals and countries. In what is becoming an era of ‘permanent conflict’.

Moving far beyond political reportage or investigation, necessary as they are, lies a compelling enquiry into the nature of human conscience and the limits of deniability (whether to oneself or others). When redemption is no longer an option, the psyche needs to find other ways to live with itself. ERASE AND FORGET asks what those ways might be. It looks into the heart of darkness; it looks for slivers of light.

The Lady from the Sea 28.10.16

Thomas Zanon-Larcher and Jules Wright

On show at Kronenboden, Schwedenstrasse 16, 13357 Berlin.

In an immersive film installation shot north of the Arctic Circle and inspired by Henrik Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea, Ellida is played by Lianna Fowler, Doctor Wangel by Angus Wright and The Stranger by Patrick O’Brien. The work is photographed by Thomas Zanon-Larcher and directed by Jules Wright. The music is by Billy Cowie.

Shot in Svalbard in Barentsburg, Pyramiden, Isfjord Radio, Ny-Ålesund and Longyearbyen in the heart of an incomprehensible wilderness of inexpressible beauty, this modern re-telling of The Lady from the Sea captures a Bergman-like intensity. The environment shaped the performances, which were played out in the emptiness of the vast world these essentially lonely people choose to inhabit.

The work was first shown in London in 2013.

A book of the work is published by Black Dog and available to buy in our shop.

The Wapping Project Commissions Launch 21.09.16

The Wapping Project Commissions was launched on 21 September 2016, at Regent Street Cinema with a special preview screening of a new feature length film by Andrea Luka Zimmermann and new writing by Alice Butler, Lavinia Greenlaw and Sophie Mayer on Transition, Transformation and Transience.

Wednesday 21 September
Regent Street Cinema,
309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW