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Antepavilion Commission 2020 

Jaimie Shorten has won this year’s commission for the 2020 Antepavilion, taking the form of a family of six sharks leaping and lunging from the Regent’s Canal.

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Winner - Sharks!

By Jamie Shorten - August 2020

SHARKS!, the winning proposal by architect Jaimie Shorten takes inspiration from the Headington Shark, the full-scale fibreglass sculpture of a shark that crashes into the roof of a terraced house in suburban Oxford. Installed in 1986, the Headington Shark was the subject of a prolonged campaign by Oxford City Council to force its removal. Eventually, the case was assessed by the Department of the Environment in 1992 which decreed that it could remain, noting that ‘the shark is not in harmony with its surroundings, but then it is not intended to be in harmony with them’.

Applicants to this year's Antepavilion competition were invited to make proposals that referenced Hackney Council's ongoing campaign to demolish the previous Antepavilions that have been built at Hoxton Docks. The winning scheme by architect Jaimie Shorten comprises a group of full scale replica sharks which will be installed in the Regents Canal. A live broadcast via Zoom featured performances and conversations from the launch night.

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From 7-axis CNC rendering to results


Four out of Five....

Injunction | Stop Notice | Police Raid

Correspondence and legal Documents

Press coverage:

Dezeen: Antepavilion juror attacks "pathetic" council for blocking Sharks! installation with court injunction

The Architect's newspaper: 2020 Antepavilion sharks stranded by local London council

The RIBA Journal: Four SHARKS! arrive in Regent’s Canal – to council’s horror

"6 van loads of police officers stormed and pulled the plug on DistDancing’s performance on the 30th of August and we were forced to shut down.

The arts have been suffocated enough in these difficult times, and as most Cultural events are being attacked by both the police and city councils, streets like soho where restaurants and pubs are overflowing with no one way system, no face covering, no social distancing and not one police enforcement are thriving".

Please SAVE Antepavillion and DistDancing by emailing your support!!"

If you agree that public art should be supported and the structures of Antepavilion should not be demolished prematurely please this document to email the Planning inspector who will consider the planning appeal against Hackney Council who are trying to close Antepavilion down.

Press Coverage:

The Guardian: Social DistDancing: street ballet surprises make hearts leap

Daily Mail: Enchanting moment Royal Ballet dancers perform a duet on London canalside to an audience of walkers and cyclists on the opposite bank

Skint London: Catch these FREE canal side Royal Ballet displays all summer 

Time Out: Hoxton’s outdoor ballet is under threat – here’s how you can help

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