Thomas J Price: Warm Shores 2022 | Hackney Windrush Art Commission
‘Warm Shores’ 2022, by Thomas J Price
A new public sculpture honouring the Windrush Generations
Following a comprehensive consultation with Hackney residents in 2020, the artist Thomas J Price was commissioned to create a public artwork, serving as a permanent expression of solidarity with the Windrush Generations. Supported by Art Fund, Warm Shores commemorates the significant contribution the generation has made to life in the UK and symbolises the ongoing commitment from Hackney Borough to provide a home to a myriad of cultures and communities worldwide.
Price has developed this sculpture using digital 3D scans of current Hackney residents. 30 participants with a personal connection to Windrush, ranging from 20 to 91 years old, were interviewed and 3D scanned, capturing their stature, stance, clothing, features and posture to inform the two fictional characters.
Towering 9ft tall, Warm Shores is a poignant reminder and monumental celebration of the heritage and cultural impact of the Windrush Generations. Yet, the figures are not placed on plinths. They exist amongst daily life, as an extension of the community who inhabit Hackney Town Hall Square. In doing so, they make us reflect upon the complexities between personal and public perceptions of identity, representation and power structures.
The sculpture is part of the Hackney Windrush public programme, commissioned by Hackney Council, curated and produced by Create London. The programme includes the creation of free resources for early years, primary and secondary schools, which have been developed in response to the Hackney Windrush Art Commissions to highlight the history of Windrush and the role of public art. The Hackney Windrush Art Commission is generously funded by Art Fund and the associated public programmes by Freelands Foundation.
About Thomas J Price
Thomas J Price (b. London, UK, 1981) is a multidisciplinary artist concerned with ideas of power, representation and interpretation. His sculptures function as psychological portraits, depicting imagined subjects, whose features are in fact an amalgamation of sources: observed individuals, 'types' represented in the media, and ancient, classical and neoclassical sculptures.
Price’s use of bronze and his embrace of scale, subverts a neo-classical tradition of sculpting, one which was famous for depicting prominent figures, who in recent years have been condemned for their colonial history.
Price has held solo exhibitions at prestigious institutions including The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada; The National Portrait Gallery, London, UK; Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK; MAC, Birmingham, UK and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, UK.
Photograph by Sim Canetty-Clarke © Thomas J Price, Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth