In 1993, when Artangel was in its infancy, plans were underway to make a concrete cast of the interior of a Victorian terraced house in Bow, east London. The scale of the work required additional financial support, so a small group of enthusiastic and generous individuals were gathered to donate what was needed. The rest, of course, is history. House became a benchmark for public art and Rachel Whiteread went on to be the first woman to win the Turner Prize.
As a way of thanking that early group of supporters who helped the work to be realised, Rachel Whiteread made a special photographic book of House and gave a signed copy to each of them. Out of this, The Company of Angels was formed and the annual tradition of an Artangel artist expressing gratitude by way of a unique memento continues to this day.
Over the years, our Angels have enjoyed collecting mementoes of the work that they have enabled by artists including Jeremy Deller, Catherine Yass, Susan Phillipsz, Roger Hiorns and Francis Alÿs.
Find out more about these benefits and how you can become an Angel.
Rachel Whiteread, House, 1994
Roger Hiorns, Seizure, 2008
Jorge Otero Pailos, The Ethics of Dust, 2016
Susan Philipsz, Surround Me, 2010
José Damasceno, Plot, 2014
Cameron Jamie, Kranky Klaus / BB / Spook House, 2003
Jeremy Deller, The Battle of Orgreave, 2001
Daniel Silver, Dig, 2013
All images by Jon Stanley Austin