Working Within a Defined Context by Stephen Willats

This work resulted from a project sponsored by the Port of London Authority which took place at the West India Docks in 1978.


Perspex framed panels containing photographic prints, photographic dyes, Letraset, gouache & ink on card
Each: 152 x 76 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,000 ( Total: £17,100)
Acquired in:
Victoria Miro Gallery

Willats became artist in residence there, sharing the working day of the London dockers who were then facing redundancy. Photographs of cargo handling are interspersed with photographs of lockers, filing cabinets and foodstuffs. The words inscribed on the panels are a mixture of company regulations and the dockers' own coded phrases. The whole conveys a powerful sense of a workplace with its own strong rhythms and routines.


The artist; Victoria Miro Gallery.

Venue details

Museum of London Docklands No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, LONDON London E14 4AL 020 7001 9844

Entry details

Free to all

Daily, 10am - 6pm Closed 24 - 26 Dec