Mementoes

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.

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Rachel Whiteread’s ‘House’ became the first memento for Artangel in 1994, commemorating the project with a signed, limited edition book.

Rachel Whiteread, House, 1994


Photography by Jon Stanley Austin

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Tatsuo Miyajima, Running Time / Clear Zero, 1995

Photography by Jon Stanley Austin

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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

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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

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

Daniel Silver, Dig, 2013


Photography by Jon Stanley Austin