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 bring the work to life, 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 works they have enabled by artists including Jeremy Deller, Catherine Yass, Susan Philipsz, Roger Hiorns and Francis Alÿs.

Find out more about these benefits and how you can become an Angel.

Limited edition book by Rachel Whiteread

Rachel Whiteread’s House became the first memento for Artangel in 1993, commemorating the project with a signed, limited edition book.

Rachel Whiteread, House, 1993

Photography by Jon Stanley Austin

In 2008 Roger Hiorns gave Angels a chunk of the copper sulphate from his installation Seizure, now permanently installed at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Roger Hiorns, Seizure, 2008

Photography by Jon Stanley Austin

Latex in plexiglas by Jorge Otero-Pailos

Jorge Otero-Pailos presented Angels with their very own piece of latex, complete with the dirt and pollution cleaned from the walls of Westminster Hall to remember his 2016 commission The Ethics of Dust.

Jorge Otero-Pailos, The Ethics of Dust, 2016

Photography by Jon Stanley Austin

Susan Philipsz’s memento for Surround Me was a limited edition vinyl of her sound installation that haunted the streets of the City of London. 

Susan Philipsz, Surround Me, 2010

Photography by Jon Stanley Austin

Print by José Damasceno

In 2014 José Damasceno created a print from his surrealist installation Plot, which took place at Holborn Library.

José Damasceno, Plot, 2014

Photography by Jon Stanley Austin

Tatsuo Miyajima created a print to commemorate his 1995 project Running Time / Clear Zero which explored the idea of time and at its centre The Meridian Line, Greenwich. 

Tatsuo Miyajima, Running Time / Clear Zero, 1995

Photography by Jon Stanley Austin

Print by Cameron Jamie

Cameron Jamie gave Angels their own Kranky Klaus print, taken from his trio of short films Kranky Klaus / BB / Spook House in 2003.

Cameron Jamie, Kranky Klaus / BB / Spook House, 2003

Photography by Jon Stanley Austin

Photo album by Jeremy Deller

In 2001 Jeremy Deller created a photo album which captured the filming of his project The Battle of Orgreave, a recreation of the dispute between police and miners in 1984.

Jeremy Deller, The Battle of Orgreave, 2001

Photography by Jon Stanley Austin

Print by Daniel Silver

Daniel Silver’s memento from 2013 remembers his quasi-archaeological project Dig, situated in an abandoned space off Tottenham Court Road. 

Daniel Silver, Dig, 2013

Photography by Jon Stanley Austin