Alongside the creative work of choreographers, Studio Wayne McGregor hosts a number of unique visual art pieces, including works by Haroon Mirza on loan from Lisson Gallery, original artworks by We Not I, and a bespoke floor based on a work by Bauhaus artist Anni Albers with kind permission from The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.

Atlas, the permanent art installation designed by We Not I, honours all of the supporters to our capital campaign, particularly the major contributions from principal supporter Quercus Trust, and Arts Council England, along with generous contributions from a number of individuals and organisations. 

The project network of pioneering design practice We Not I extends around the world and collaboratively counters the idea that architecture is the work of a single person. We Not I have lead on the design and realisation of Studio Wayne McGregor at Here East. The practice also made their Royal Ballet debut creating the set for ‘Becomings’, the second part of Wayne’s Olivier Award-winning production Woolf Works in 2015 (revived in 2017).

Wayne has a long and valuable partnership with The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. In 2013, he and his collaborators immersed themselves in their extensive archives in Connecticut, NY., where they were inspired by Josef Albers’ austere geometrical paintings to create the ballet Borderlands for the San Francisco Ballet. In addition to the Foundation’s significant financial contributions to the development of the building of Studio Wayne McGregor, it has granted a variety of sought after permissions to reproduce seminal works from the collections of both Josef and Anni Albers. Anni Albers’ work has been integrated into the fabric of the building through the reproduction of her Camino Real as a permanent installed floor in the Tower meeting room.

Images: Camino Real, 2017, Anni Albers, We Not I and Wayne McGregor; Haroon Mirza, Light Work xxv, 2017, Courtesy Lisson Gallery, Photography: We Not I; Rashid Rana, Notions of Narration II, 2013, image and detail © Rashid Rana, Courtesy Lisson Gallery, Photography by Ken Adlard; We Not I, Atlas, 2017, original graphic image.

Lisson Gallery is one of the most influential and longest-running international contemporary art galleries in the world. The Gallery have installed a rotating programme of works by leading visual artists who have a previous connection with Wayne including Tatsuo Miyajima (set design for Limen, The Royal Ballet, 2009), Haroon Mirza (set design for Alea Sands, Paris Opera Ballet, 2015) and Rashid Rana (set design for Multiverse, The Royal Ballet, 2016). The works are installed in the unique hanging and presentation opportunities of the We Not I designed space.

Tatsuo Miyajima is one of Japan’s foremost sculptors and installation artists. Employing contemporary materials such as electric circuits, video, and computers, Miyajima’s supremely technological works have centred on his use of digital light-emitting diode (LED) counters, or ‘gadgets’ as he calls them, since the late 1980s. These numbers, flashing in continual and repetitious – though not necessarily sequential – cycles from 1 to 9, represent the journey from life to death, the finality of which is symbolized by ‘0’ or the zero point, which consequently never appears in his work. Wayne collaborated with Miyajima in 2009 who designed the set and provided the video for Limen for The Royal Ballet.

Haroon Mirza has won international acclaim, including the 2011 Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale, for installations that test the interplay and friction between sound and light waves and electric current. He devises kinetic sculptures, performances and immersive installations. Wayne and Mirza conceived the work Alea Sands with the Paris Opera Ballet in 2015.

Rashid Rana is a visual artist working with multifaceted, multiplied imagery that splits the visible universe apart in order to remake it anew. In sculpture, video and photographic prints, Rana transforms snapshots of shop signs in Lahore into abstracted cityscapes or renders reproductions of Old Master paintings as digital fields of colour. Utilising the grid structure, the artist has rearranges famous paintings, scrambling these famous compositions into pixelated and codified puzzles. Wayne collaborated with Rana in 2016, providing the set design for Multiverse with The Royal Ballet.