CBRE at Spitalfields
Since 2006, Dickson Russell have been curating and managing an on-going rolling programme of temporary 3D exhibits in and around Bishops Square, London E1 on behalf of the Estate Management team. The site has an estimated footfall of 100,000 visitors per week.
All the work selected is site-responsive reflecting the multi-layered history of Spitalfields, contemporary vibe and urban landscape. It needs to be appropriate to such a public location on the boundary between the City and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, as well as meet health and safety requirements and be robust to withstand both the elements and unwitting public interaction. The exhibits, in a variety of materials, have ranged from small faux botanical labels in the soft planting to a large installation by artist / designer, Cecil Balmond, co-creator of the ArcelorMittal Orbit for the Olympic Park. Several members of the Royal Society of Sculptors have shown work in both solo and group shows, and recent graduates from London art schools are regular participants.
To accompany the inaugural show, Dickson Russell commissioned a community performance in response to the artworks and architecture choregraphed by Clare Whistler. Dickson Russell raised funding to support the performance from Arts and Business. By invitation, artists have led workshops for local schools and as part of the national initiative the ‘Big Draw'.
Photography John Sturrock