Transforming the river Thames through culture by various artists


This ambitious project brought together artists and audiences in a unique way. In 2008 DRIFT was the first contemporary art show to celebrate and be held on London’s lifeline - the river Thames. Seven strategically placed, site-responsive, installations took route along
the river, its banks and bridges - and flourished there for six weeks.

Fusing art with the ever-changing natural elements, artists worked alongside marine and structural engineers, scientists, technicians and local authorities, to push boundaries and enhance the cultural regeneration of an undiscovered part of central London.

This dramatic visual landscape, set out to inspire the public by offering a spectacle for community, national and global audiences. We were overwhelmed by people’s hunger for artistic stimulation on the Thames, so in 2010 we commissioned and produced more artworks and built audience interaction and participation.

We are working towards DRIFT becoming a biennial event on the calendar and are currently looking for financial partners.




Pilot in 2006, exhibitions in 2008 and 2010

Location Various central London locations, on bridges, walkways and in the river Thames

Commissioned and Produced by Illuminate Productions. Supported by The Henry Moore Foundation, Arts Council England, Mayor of London, Southwark Council, Canary Wharf Group, City of London, Tate Modern, Better Bankside, Port of London Authority, Transport for London, Canal and City Trust, Network Rail, Docklands Light Railway, Walki and Traxon Technologies.

Key coverage total reach
911 million. Media included: BBC News, Discovery Channel, BBC China, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, The Independent, The Times, Daily Mail, The Telegraph and The Guardian. 


Julien Berthier

A French artist who creates installations and sculptures, often in public spaces. He draws the viewer in by constantly approaching his themes with some form of humour and absurdity, while also providing sharp criticism on social trends in present-day society, such as the public–private debate. The difference between culture and nature are also regular features in his art.  

Solo Exhibitions Include:  Public Sculptures; Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris, France (2015); Julien Berthier; KÖR Kunst im öffentlichen Raum GmbH, Vienna, Austria (2015); The Same Différent; Onomatopee, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (2014); Revolution Light; Crystal Palace, Bordeaux, France (2013); A LOST; Galerie GP & N Vallois / Project Room, Paris, France (2012); Billboard, International Gallery, Oswiecim, Poland (2012). Group shows include: Inhabiting the world; 8th Busan Biennial, Busan, South Korea (2014); Le Mur; works from the collection of Antoine de Galbert (2014); Get Up; Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia (2014); O’Clock; Triennial di Milano, Cafa Art Centre, Beijing, China (2015). 


David Cotterrell

A British installation artist who works across media and technologies to explore the social and political tendencies of a world at once shared and divided. His practice is typified by an interest in intersection: whether fleeting encounter or heavily orchestrated event, Cotterrell’s works explore the human condition and the breaks or nuances that can lead to a less ambiguous understanding of the world they inhabit. Encapsulating the roles of programmer, producer and director, Cotterrell works to develop projects that can embrace the quiet spaces that are the sites for action, which might (or might not) be clearly understood in the future.

Solo Exhibitions Include: Paranoia of a London Attaché Case, London Transport Museum (1996); Reference Frame, Daniel Arnaud Contemporary Art, London (2003); Dead Reckoning, Museum of Garden History, London (2005); Aesthetic Distance, Daniel Arnaud Contemporary Art, London (2009); Hill 33, Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail, Gloucestershire (2010); Slipstream, Peckham Space, London (2011); Monsters of the Id, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton (2012); Empathy and Risk :Three Mirrors and a Wall, Daniel Arnaud Contemporary Art, London (2017).




Frank Bolter

A German sculptor and performance artist whose projects are distinguished equally by their powerful poetic imagery and by the precision of their execution, often carried out under the difficult conditions of the public sphere.  His projects leave traditional definitions of object and practice behind, expanding his installations into the realm of the performance.

Solo Exhibitions Include: Origami Refugee Camp Detmold, Germany (2016) Transforming Glasgow, Scotland (2016); YouFo, Montag Stiftung Kunst und Gesellschaft, Bonn (2016); To the Worlds End, Goethe-Institut Colombo, Sri Lanka (2015); Origami Refugee Camp Brussels (2014). Group shows include: Test Unit; Glasgow, Scotland (2016) Galway 2020, Ireland (2016); Port Eliot Festival St. Germans, UK (2016); Travellings, Marseille, France (2016); When Two World’s touch, Galoshan’s, Glasgow, Scotland (2015); Moving Out, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka (2014).


Mariela Nuedecker

A German artist living in Britain who explores landscapes from photographs, postcards, experience and memories. Neudecker uses sculpture, film, sound and photography to create a sometimes playful frisson between historical cultural representations of the sublime landscape and our perception, imagination and memory of the reality of experience.

Solo Exhibitions Include: Echo Chamber, Gallery Pedro Cera, Lisbon, Portugal (2018) Hanging Gardens: Parallel Lives 1.39m, 9.78m, 22.59m, 30.79m, 37.26m, 42.0m permanent commission, The new cancer centre, Guy’s Hospital, London (2017) Plastic Vanitas, Galarie Thomas Rehbein, Cologne, Germany (2016) Group exhibitions include; Offshore, Artists explore the sea, Ferens Art Gallery, The Hull Maritime Museum, Hull, UK City of Culture (2017) The Antarctic Pavilion: Antarctopia, Venice Architecture Biennale, Fondaco, Marcello, Italy (2014)




Craig Walsh

An Australian artist who has become widely known for his pioneering works including innovative approaches to projection mapping in unconventional sites. His site-responsive works have animated natural environments and features such as trees, rivers and mountains, as well as public art projects in urban and architectural space. He is also renowned for his site interventions at live events, including iconic works at music festivals across Australia and internationally. Over recent years he has extended his digital arts expertise into work with diverse communities, enabling large-scale participation as collaborators in contemporary art projects. Craig has also produced a diverse body of work for major institutions, public art commissions, live events, and community projects.

Exhibitions Include: Home Gwangju, South Korea (2012) Traces — Blue, Setouchi, Japan (2013) FIVE, DADAA Inc., Western Australia (2013 -14) Embedded, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia (2013) My Favourite Australian, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia (2008) Embedded, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane Australia (2013) Tokyo Wondersite, Japan (2006) Fish in Australian Art, Sydney Maritime Museum, Australia (2012)


Andy Harper

A British artist who regularly sites his painting on sculptural or architectural surfaces creating a world known and imagined. Rendered with extreme detail and an ineffable sense of both reality and the fantastical, Harper’s works are arenas for discovery and camouflage and mark the exuberance of growth as well as its inevitable companion, death and decay. Harper is a senior lecturer on the MFA Fine Art programme at Goldsmiths College, London and he works with galleries in Seoul, London and New York.

Solo exhibitions include: The Page Gallery, Seoul, Korea (2011 and 2013) Galerie Morgen, Berlin (2011 and 2014) Danese-Corey Gallery, New York (2009, 2012, and 2016) Patrick Heide Gallery, London (2016) Group exhibitions include The First Humans, Pump House Gallery, London (2015) John Moores 26, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2006 and 2010) East End Academy, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2009) and Forces of Nature, Danese Gallery, New York (2009) 




Margaret Evangeline

An American painter, performance and installation artist. Evangeline’s diverse practice includes large-scale site-specific installations using mirror-like surfaces. In these installations, viewers can find their reflections moving through bullet-marked environments of woods or water, the installations are linked with environmental art. In New Orleans, she filled a cottage with fertile dirt from the Mississippi River, which sprouted new growth from seeds she planted. Her work is included in private and public collections in Australia, Canada, China, France, Ireland, Saudi Arabia, The Netherlands, and the UK. Important site-specific permanent installations include: The Fields Sculpture Park, Omi International Arts Center, and Michigan State University.

Solo Exhibitions Include: On War, Shaw Center for the Arts, Louisiana State University (2015) Palm Beach ICA (2001) The Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University (2007) The Whole Drum will Sound, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art (2018) Shot Through, Stefan Stux Gallery, New York (2005) Of Gnarl and Striation, Elizabeth Moore Fine Art, New York (2005)


James Capper

A British artist and draughtsman whose work adopts the techniques, materials and complex problem-solving processes of innovation and engineering to develop the possibilities of sculpture. Capper completed his MA at the Royal College of Art in London. He is the youngest ever artist to be awarded the prestigious Jack Goldhill Prize for Sculpture from the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Solo shows of his work include RIPPER TEETH IN ACTION at Modern Art Oxford (2011) DIVISIONS at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2013) SIX STEP at Rio dell’Orso with ALMA ZEVI for the Venice Biennale (2015) SCULPTURE & HYDRAULICS at The Edge Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts, Bath (2017) JAMES CAPPER at Bathurst Art Gallery, New South Wales, Australia (2017) AEROCAB with the 3-D Foundation in Verbier, Switzerland (2018) Blue Frame with Forth Arts in Sydney, Australia (2018)