Founders and directors of Artangel
A reentry to the Power 100 for the directors of Artangel, the commissioning agency for (primarily) large-scale public art projects. In this year’s funding announcements from Arts Council England the organisation got a hefty budget increase, up £200k to £754,000. That’s perhaps partly in recognition of a string of successes: Roger Hiorns’s sensationally popular 2009 commission, Seizure, an abandoned South London house in which every surface was covered with blue copper sulphate crystals; the commission of a public soundwork in the City of London in 2010 by Susan Philipsz, which contributed to her Turner Prize win last year; and a clutch of awards for Clio Barnard’s ‘genre-busting’ documentary film The Arbor (2010).
Morris and Lingwood have also furthered Artangel’s ambitions internationally, in cocommissioning the final part of Yael Bartana’s film trilogy, …and Europe Will Be Stunned, for the Polish Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale and cocommissioning Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead – the first public work by the artist – in which a reconstructed version of his childhood home toured the streets of Detroit.