Battersea Power Station, Powerhouse Commission

Battersea Power Station’s Powerhouse Commission, in partnership with Cass Sculpture Foundation, aims to provide artists with an exceptional opportunity to achieve new levels of ambition by creating an outdoor sculpture.

Locals Vocals, Jesse Wine 2017

The winners of this first iteration of the Commission were selected by a judging panel of experts; Jude Kelly, Cultural Advisor at Battersea Power Station; Anne Mullins, Head of Culture at Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership, Misha Curson, Deputy Director, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Helen Turner, Curator at Cass Sculpture Foundation and David Twohig, Chief Development Officer at Battersea Power Station.

Jesse Wine and Haffendi Anuar were chosen from a shortlist of nine international artists that included: Claire Barclay (UK); Olaf Breuning (Switzerland); Conrad Shawcross (UK); Yutaka Sone (Japan); Nina Beier (Denmark); Raphael Hefti (Switzerland) and Bedwyr Williams (UK). All nine shortlisted artists were invited to submit proposals for outdoor sculptures to be installed at Battersea Power Station.

Once unveiled, Wine’s and Anuar’s sculptures will remain in situ for three months, adding to the variety of public art that London currently has to offer.

As with all other works at CASS, the two Powerhouse commissions will be available for sale. Proceeds from the sales will be invested directly into future commissions.

Clare Hindle, CASS Executive Director, said: “Eighteen years ago Cass Sculpture Foundation established the commissioning process for the Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square with Mark Wallinger’s Ecce Homo. I am thrilled to continue our legacy of presenting contemporary sculpture at London’s most prestigious public platforms, while maintaining our core charitable endeavour: to champion exceptional talent and provide artists with unexampled opportunity.”

Clare Lilley, Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and Curator of Frieze Sculpture Park, said: “Britain’s cultural industries are a dynamic part of our economy and global recognition, and providing opportunities for young and mid-career artists is a vital role of our institutions. It is hugely gratifying that Battersea Power Station and Cass Sculpture Foundation have forged a partnership that propels distinctive creative purpose in such an iconic environment and I’m certain that both the commission and programme are positioned to become exemplary features of London’s cultural activity, greatly benefiting both the successful artist and their public.”

Maria Balshaw CBE, Director of Tate, said: "Public art can enrich our cities. This new commission will provide a wonderful opportunity for younger artists to create new and ambitious works in one of London’s most iconic sites."

David Twohig, Head of Design at Battersea Power Station, said: “The vision for Battersea Power Station is to create a new town centre with a diverse mix of users from office workers, to residents and visitors, all here to enjoy music venues, shops and restaurants, cinemas and galleries. But what is equally important to the success of a place is its active curation and animation.

“We have set this project up as a series of platforms, both internal and external spaces, where we invite creatives and artists to come and programme with a myriad of ideas and activities. Battersea Power Station should always seek to surprise and create a sense of wonder.

“Alongside our recently opened arts venue and activation of the riverside park, our arts programme seeks to provide a rotating calendar of commissions that constantly engage the visitor. This is the very ethos of what CASS is about and they have been a great support in getting our vision off the ground.”

The Powerhouse Commission forms part of Battersea Power Station’s wider vision to deliver a new cultural district for London that will build a sense of community and ownership around it and to widen access to culture for audiences in South West London. This is part of a long-term cultural investment that will take place over the multiple phases of the development as the new neighbourhood takes shape. Recent openings include the Village Hall, a new 5,000 sq ft multi-use arts venue created in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre, and a new public artwork by leading British artist and designer Morag Myerscough that welcomes residents and visitors to Circus West Village, the first phase of Battersea Power Station’s redevelopment.  


Anthony Caro