Fulham Riverside, London

Dais Contemporary commissioned a collection of artworks for the public foyer of Fulham Riverside, London. Fulham Riverside is a development located on Townmead Road by Fulham Wharf. The complex includes a large group of apartments, public gardens and waterfront café. Artworks commissioned for the public foyer include a large-scale hanging sculpture by Japanese artist Kentaro Yamada and five textile wall hangings by Greek artist Ismini Samanidou.

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The artworks were commissioned to create a subtle story of Fulham Riverside's history and make a memorable space for visitors and residents of the area.

Combining a large-scale industrial base made of galvanised aluminium and a group of delicate hanging ceramic leaves, Yamada’s sculptural work references both the industrial past of Fulham Riverside and its historical roots as an area of market gardens and wild meadowland. Each of the ceramic leaves were individually moulded, fired and glazed by the artist. The intricate LED lighting system was produced by a specialist lighting team alongside the artist, taking several months to complete.

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Samanidou's five textile panels reflect the changing character of Fulham Wharf; from its origins as meadowland, the industrialisation of the site in the 19th century, through to its re-generation today. The artist worked with archival and found material, and her own photography, to assemble visual studies which were then transformed into woven textiles. Samanidou’s textiles were inspired by the colour palette of Turner’s seascapes; a connection that was made with the quality of light found at Fulham Wharf. The panels were produced using a combination of linens and metallic yarns that were woven on an industrial jacquard loom.

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