Three public artworks commissioned for St James's Market

Our St James’s Market Partnership with Oxford Properties has commissioned renowned artist, David Thorpe, and leading design studios, Studio Weave and Studio Swine to provide a series of public art installations for our £320m redevelopment of St James’s Market.

15 June 2015

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The partnership is currently undertaking a substantial redevelopment of two blocks between Regent Street St James’s and Haymarket, known as St James’s Market.  The project will create 260,000 sq ft of high quality retail, restaurant and office space, as well as revitalising over half an acre of public realm which will include providing a 10,000 sq ft public square.

An embedded artwork designed by David Thorpe for the Regent Street St James’s block of the redevelopment will mark the artist’s first permanent public art installation. Both Studio Weave and Studio Swine’s work seeks to enliven the new public spaces created as part of the project.

The artworks have been commissioned as part of the cultural strategy for St James’s Market, which aims to create vibrant, distinctive areas around St James’s Market through a programme of art commissions that draw on the area’s historic reputation for master craftsmanship, contemporary art and luxury retail for inspiration.

Anthea Harries, St James’s Portfolio Manager said: “St James’s has a rich cultural heritage, focused around high quality craftsmanship and this is something  we want to put right at the heart of our vision for reinvigorating St James’s Market.”

Mike Rayner, Head of Development at Oxford Properties said: “We’re delighted to be working with such eminent designers, and we’re looking forward to seeing their detailed concepts which will animate the site’s public spaces and contribute to creating a truly distinctive West End destination, inspired by the unique history of the area.” 

David Thorpe, Studio Weave and Studio Swine are currently working up detailed proposals which will be unveiled early next year. 

The cultural strategy for St James’s Market has been devised in collaboration with leading cultural consultancy Futurecity, which has curated the artwork commissions and will manage the ongoing delivery of the installations as the redevelopment progresses.

St James’s Market is the latest redevelopment project to come forward as part of our wider strategic vision for our St James’s portfolio. This includes a £500m investment over ten years in improving the properties within the portfolio to secure the area’s reputation as a world renowned destination for future generations.

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