The Wapping Project was housed in a former hydraulic power station built in 1890. During the 1990s, the then-derelict space was used by the Womens Playhouse Trust and WPT director Jules Wright eventually took it on to create the Wapping Project.
Through its 13-year run, the Wapping Project hosted installations and performances from the likes of Keith Haring, Richard Wilson and Jonathan Ellery. Its mixture of astonishing architecture and bold programming led Guardian critic Rowan Moore to describe it as ‘the sort of place that makes city life worth living’.
The story of the Wapping Project is told through a new book, edited by Wright and authored and designed by Imogen Eveson, with Freddy Wilson.
The book tells the story of the history and restoration of the Wapping Project Building, before documenting a series of the key shows held there, through text, images and archive cuttings.
Eveson says, ‘I wanted to create something that, like the Wapping Project itself, feels freewheeling, surprising and unbridled yet has a strong, directional undercurrent running throughout.’
The Wapping Project On Paper is published by Black Dog priced at £29.95.