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Anne Hardy

Destination London, 2020


Anne Hardy’s commission for London City Airport, Destination London, aims to communicate a vivid sense of the layered histories of London, expressed through the diverse but often overlooked botanical life found around London City Airport, including service areas and runway. Through a series of imagined and atmospheric landscapes, presented as a sequence of five large photogram artworks, visitors will encounter the rich flora of the local area.

Reflecting on the movement of people and materials, and on the connections that water and air create between London and the rest of the world, Hardy’s proposal references City Airport’s unique position within the Royal Docks, surrounded by the River Thames, and its close proximity to domestic gardens, allotments, corporate planting and wild spaces. London is one of the greenest capitals in the world, with over 3,000 parks and green spaces, and numerous diverse species, including weeds and exotics, can be found throughout the city. When travelling, humans have always brought plants, seeds and roots with them and the diversity of plant life reflected in this commission references these historical journeys.

©Anne Hardy, courtesy the artist and Maureen Paley, London

Images: Anne Hardy


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Anne Hardy (b.1970, UK) studied painting at Cheltenham School of Art (1990-93) and completed an MA in photography at the Royal College of Art (1998-2000). Her work derives from places she calls ‘pockets of wild space’ – gaps in the urban space where materials, atmospheres and emotions gather – using what she finds there to manifest sensory and unstable installation works that fully immerse you.

Hardy has exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally. In 2019, she was invited to curate an exhibition from the Arts Council Collection, creating a site-specific sensory installation, The Weather Garden, which included works by over thirty artists at Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne. She also created The Depth of Darkness, the Return of the Light for the annual Tate Britain Winter Commission. Hardy’s works are held in major public collections including Tate, Victoria & Albert Museum, British Council, Arts Council Collection and Leeds Art Gallery. In late 2020 she will be artist in residence at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. She lives and works in East London.


Images: Anne Hardy