A selection of commissions, exhibitions, productions, programmes and events from the archives of The Wapping Project and its parent organisation Women’s Playhouse Trust (WPT).
2011 2015+ –
The Lady from the Sea
Thomas Zanon-Larcher and Jules Wright (20 November – 22 December 2013)
An installation featuring a film work retelling of Ibsen’s classic play. The very last exhibition at the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, our former home.
Stuke, After Sebald’s Austerlitz
Karen Stuke (12 October to 10 November 2013)
An immersive installation featuring a series of large format pinhole images created in response to W.G. Sebald's novel 'Austerlitz'.
Julie Brook (4 September – 6 October 2013)
An immersive 16-screen video installation presenting a record of the process of creating transient sculptural interventions in the desert landscapes of Libya and Namibia.
The Revery Alone
Billy Cowie (13 July – 26 August 2012)
Billy Cowie transformed the experience of lying in a hospital bed into a sensual pleasure. With the aid of 3D glasses, he took the audience through the rusty roof of the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station into the centre of his meditative and lyrical choreography.
Mikhail Karikis (26 May – 8 July 2012)
SeaWomen presented a new body of work by Mikhail Karikis focusing on a community of female sea workers living on the North Pacific island of Jeju – a jagged patch of black volcanic rock between South Korea, Japan and China.
Lech Majewski (16 March – 13 May 2012)
A film installation Moving Walls by renowned Polish filmmaker, artist, writer and poet Lech Majewski.
This is not a House
Edgar Martins (18 January – 04 March 2012)
An exhibition of a series of photographs, exploring the collapse of the US housing market, which formed part of Edgar Martins's assignment for The New York Times Magazine.
(5 October – 22 December 2011)
A series of 10 weekly changing solo exhibition, each featuring a single-screen work by five women artists: Suki Chan, Elina Brotherus, Inger Lise Hansen, Marta Michalowska and Emily Richardson.
2006 2010+ –
Dancing The Decade
(5 December 2010 – 30 January 2011)
Programme celebrating the first decade of The Wapping Project through dance
Paul Boudens (3 September – 3 October 2010)
An installation celebrating two decades of design by Antwerp-based Paul Boudens, commissioned by The Wapping Projector for the London Design Festival.
A French Picture Show
Thomas Zanon-Larcher and Jules Wright (13 February – 11 April 2010)
An exhibition featuring another in a series of photography / directing collaborations between Thomas Zanon-Larcher and Jules Wright
To Have, To Hold
Mark Woods, Deborah Levy, Billy Cowie and Shed54 (16 December 2009 – 31 January 2010)
THINGS TO CHILL, DISTURB, DELIGHT AND DESIRE: objects & sculptures by Mark Woods; libretto by Deborah Levy; music by Billy Cowie; installation by Shed54
Dean Rogers, Deborah Levy and Billy Cowie (4 October – 1 November 2009)
The Wapping Project commissioned novelist and playwright Deborah Levy and composer Billy Cowie to respond to Dean Rogers's photographs, together creating a layered study of mortality.
Design is Simply Complex
(4 – 27 September 2009)
For almost a month, Blueprint magazine, Tracey Neuls shoe designer, Ally Capellino bag designer and Van der Meersch & Weston vintage industrial furniture specialists worked from the Boiler House at the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station.
A Net of Eels
Jake Tilson with Kyoichi Tsuzuki (10 July – 23 August 2009)
A playful and evocative exploration of the complex cultural and culinary significance of the Eel in Japan and the UK
Guy Bourdin (9 May – 4 July 2009)
32 previously unseen photographs by the acclaimed French fashion photographer Guy Bourdin (1928-1991)
Fashion Department,The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (27 March – 3 May 2009)
The second exhibition in collaboration with the Fashion Museum (MoMu, Antwerp) and the Fashion Department,The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, featuring students' project DRESS.
Turning the Season
(21 November 2008 – 28 February 2009)
An exhibition exploring the social and cultural phenomenon of the English Season, including a series of new commissions in sculpture, photography, dance, literature and music
Zineb Sedira (10 September – 19 October 2008)
An exhibition featuring MiddleSea, a single screen film installation a series of light boxes.
Exhibition: 22 July – 31 August 2008. Sam Spenser's first solo exhibition after graduation from the Fine Art degree at Goldsmiths, University of London, featuring a series of sculptural works combining scrap and precious metals
Fashion Department,The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (6 February – 3 March 2008)
The first of two exhibitions in collaboration with the Fashion Museum (MoMu, Antwerp) and the Fashion Department,The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, featuring students' project SKIRT.
Free and Framed
Thomas Zanon-Larcher (25 October 2006 – 25 February 2007)
An exhibition of a series of narrative images based on a contemporary interpretation of Ibsen’s 'The Doll’s House, set against backstage fashion images from London, Paris and New York
The Narrative Works (1975 – 1997)
Deborah Turbeville (15 July – 14 October 2006)
The first exhibition of the iconic American fashion photographer’s work in London with the highly charged photographs that have kept Turbeville at the forefront of her field.
Below the Surface
Elisabeth Mathiesen (2 – 28 May 2006)
The first solo exhibition of Norwegian artist Elisabeth Mathiesen, featuring a retrospective of her film works
2000 2005+ –
Fashion, Film and Fiction
(15 September – 13 November 2005)
An exhibition featuring commissioned pieces by 29 shoemakers, milliners, tailors and fashion designers in a breathtaking installation which evoked childhood memories of dressing up, carousels, see-saws and nightmares. The exhibition was accompanied by especially commissioned filmed tales of designers, tailors, shoemakers, milliners and pattern cutters.
London Fieldworks (14 January – 12 February 2005)
A video installation inspired by two mountain observatories – Ben Nevis in Scotland and Haldde in the Norwegian Arctic – and two scientists – CTR Wilson and Kristian Birkeland – who were stationed there in the 19th century.
Stan and Stephen Morgan (6 May – 12 June 2005)
An exhibition featuring two bodies of photographic work by father and son.
Elina Brotherus (4 March – 9 May 2004)
An exhibition of a 3-channel video installation portraying nude swimmers in Finnish nature.
Maresa von Stockert (September – October 2004)
A full-length dance performance based on Grimm Brothers fairytales conceived for and performed within Wapping Hydraulic Power Station for four weeks in the autumn of 2004.
Annabel Elgar (21 October to 28 November 2004)
A solo exhibition of a new body of large-scale narrative photography commissioned in response to the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station. Childhood memories, loss of innocence, contradictions, assumed drama, exposure of vulnerability, past events, fictions, and a half-knowledge of what we are seeing.
(4 June – 25 July 2004)
An exhibition exploring the banal and the extraordinary on the A13, as seen through the eyes of Iain Sinclair, Jock McFadyen, Helena Ben-Zenou, Sean Rogg, Chris Petit and Antony Gormley.
All About Chairs
(July – October 2003)
A season of exhibitions and performances featuring new commissions in choreography, installation, photography and film centred around a humble piece of furniture – a chair.
Richard Wilson (18 February – 21 April 2003)
A process-based sculpture created within the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station from a crushed Cessna plane
(11 May – 10 September 2002)
An exhibition of works by Magnum photographers – Thomas Heopker, Josef Koudelka, Steve McCurry, Susan Meiselas, Gilles Peress, Larry Towell, Alex Webb, Peter Marlow and Luc Delahaye – reflecting on the appearance and character of New York City before, during, and after the events of 11 September 2001.
London Fieldworks (21 January – 3 March 2002)
A exhibition featuring an interactive installation about light and its impact on the body.
Graham Gussin (27 September – 13 November 2002)
An exhibition of Graham Gussin's two-screen video piece Remote Viewer, filmed in Askja, a place in Iceland known as the ‘lunar desert'.
Elina Brotherus (2001/2)
An exhibition of Elina Brotherus's first video installation under the same title alongside a series of works in photography. Elina was shortlisted for the Citigroup Private Bank Photography Prize 2002 for this exhibition.
Eight early career choreographers were commissioned to create a ten-minute long pieces to be performed on an external staircase of the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station and viewed from inside the Turbine House through doors and windows.
Stephen Morgan (2001)
An exhibition of a series of photographs taken in Birmingham boxing clubs in 1994 and 1995
1991 2000+ –
Fragments of Narrative
Christie Brown (19 May - 18 June 2000)
An installation using ceramics commissioned in response to the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station in 1997, exhibited in 2000.
Duncan MacAskill (April-May 1997)
A residency and a body of works created within the then derelict Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, commissioned by WPT.
Intensities and Surfaces
Anya Gallaccio (1996)
32-tonne block of ice and a hunk of rock salt. One of the most striking pieces by Anya Gallaccio, commissioned for the then still derelict Wapping Hydraulic Power Station. A gamble and an experiment as no one knew how long the ice would take to melt.
A song cycle commissioned by WPT in 1996 and performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, in 1997. It featured 20 new works by 6 composers and 4 poets, performed by all female cast, choreographed by Kristina Page, in a set designed by Anya Gallaccio.
Deborah Levy, Anya Gallaccio, Kristina Page, Billy Cowie (1994)
A iconic production performed in the disused S-Shed in the Royal Victoria Dock in the winter of 1994.
Lea Anderson (1993)
A site-specific performance for the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, commissioned by WPT, featuring unemployed, young performers.