JW Anderson’s new exhibition ‘On Foot’ pays homage to London through art and fashion

JW Anderson’s ‘On Foot’ at London’s Offer Waterman gallery, opening 18 September 2023, sees Jonathan Anderson curate works from an array of artists – including Anthea Hamilton’s version of his viral pigeon clutch – alongside his own designs

Florian Krewer painting part of On Foot exhibition by JW Anderson at Offer Waterman
Florian Krewer, Flamboyant, 2020. One of the works which will appear in JW Anderson’s ‘On Foot’ at Offer Waterman
(Image credit: Artwork by Florian Krewer. Courtesy of JW Anderson)

In its 15 years in business, London-based fashion label JW Anderson – helmed by designer Jonathan Anderson, also creative director of Loewe – has fostered an enduring relationship with the art world, both at home and abroad. There was ‘Disobedient Bodies’, an Anderson-curated exhibition at Hepworth Wakefield – featuring his own works in conversation with artists spanning Constantin Brâncuşi, Louise Bourgeois and Alberto Giacometti – while collaborators have included Gilbert & George, Tom of Finland, Dame Magdalene Odundo and Shawanda Corbett. 

Now, Anderson is set to present his latest foray into the field with ’On Foot’ (18 September – 28 October 2023), a new exhibition at Mayfair’s Offer Waterman gallery that coincides with the arrival of London Fashion Week in the city. Much like ‘Disobedient Bodies’, the exhibition will combine artworks with pieces on display from his own collections, though here the focus is on London, ‘embracing the stark contrasts and unlikely juxtapositions that even a short journey through the city offers up’. Amid this, works of seminal British artists – including Barbara Hepworth, Lucian Freud and David Hockney – will be placed ‘in dialogue’ with a new generation of international contemporary artists, from Lynette Yiadom-Boakye to Florian Krewer.

JW Anderson at Offer Waterman: ‘On Foot’

JW Anderson jumper with skateboard

A piece from JW Anderson S/S 2023 which will feature in the show

(Image credit: Courtesy of JW Anderson)

In keeping with the theme, Anderson will playfully transform the rooms and corridors of the Georgian townhouse in which Offer Waterman is located into an imagined walk-through of London – conjuring both the refined streets of Mayfair and the hedonism of Soho, where JW Anderson’s London store is located. Imagined scenes will traverse ‘traffic-clogged streets’, a city park (complete with park bench), and a pub – the exhibition’s final stop – in which ‘a diverse cast of characters will each tell a story of the city they live in’.

Pigeons – a familiar sight on London’s streets – will also feature, with British artist and longtime Anderson collaborator Anthea Hamilton creating a special version of the designer’s viral ‘pigeon clutch’ which will be presented at both the gallery and the brand’s Soho store. Garments from both JW Anderson and Loewe will also feature, chosen for the way in which ’they transform the body and give it sculptural potential’.

The exhibition will open on September 18, two days after Anderson presents his S/S 2024 womenswear collection for JW Anderson as part of London Fashion Week on 16 September.

JW Anderson at Offer Waterman ‘On Foot’ runs from 18 September – 28 October 2023.


Lynette Yiadom-Boakye painting

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Wounds at the Bases, 2020

(Image credit: Artwork by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Courtesy of JW Anderson)
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Jack Moss is the Fashion Features Editor at Wallpaper*, joining the team in 2022. Having previously been the digital features editor at AnOther and digital editor at 10 and 10 Men magazines, he has also contributed to titles including i-D, Dazed, 10 Magazine, Mr Porter’s The Journal and more, while also featuring in Dazed: 32 Years Confused: The Covers, published by Rizzoli. He is particularly interested in the moments when fashion intersects with other creative disciplines – notably art and design – as well as championing a new generation of international talent and reporting from international fashion weeks. Across his career, he has interviewed the fashion industry’s leading figures, including Rick Owens, Pieter Mulier, Jonathan Anderson, Grace Wales Bonner, Christian Lacroix, Kate Moss and Manolo Blahnik.