Places for NOVA | Saad Qureshi

Gazelli Art House is delighted to announce Saad Qureshi’s first major public art installation, a project commissioned for Nova, Victoria, London.


Launching in April 2017, Places for NOVA is a new site-specific installation conceived for this prestigious and architecturally ambitious new district of Victoria in Central London.


“The project looks at the portability of landscapes, and the human mind as a vehicle that allows places to travel, to be carried in the memory from one location to another,” Qureshi explains.


As part of the development period for this exciting new work, the artist is today launching a call to people who live, work and travel through Victoria to donate a memory of a significant landscape that they no longer have access to. He will then reimagine these to create a series of universal “mindscapes,” to be housed in six custom designed corten-steel vitrines that will function as panoramic portals to alternative, hybrid worlds.


Installed throughout the public realm spaces of Nova, the result will be a work that is firmly rooted in the community that coheres around this brand new quarter of London at the very moment of its coming into being, and recreated daily in the minds of those who interact physically and imaginatively with it.


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About The Artist

After graduating from the Slade MFA in painting in 2010, Qureshi appeared in and secured a finalist position on the BBC television programme School of Saatchi. Since then, he has exhibited widely both in the UK and internationally – including in the Creative Cities Collections exhibition at the Barbican Arts Centre, and shows in New York, Hong Kong, Turin, Rome, Dubai and Istanbul. Qureshi’s first museum exhibition took place at the Museum voor Moderne Kunst in Arnhem, Netherlands, which catalysed his career further. Amongst others, his awards include the Royal British Society of Sculptors’ Bursary Award, the Celeste Prize, and the Red Mansion Foundation Prize.


How To Participate

This artist will be collecting ‘places’ for this project between now and January 2016 through an open call on Create Victoria’s website:

The public is also invited to visit the artist by appointment during his residency at Nova, Victoria between 11am and 5pm and tell their story directly:

  • 2nd December
  • 9th December
  • 16th December
  • 23rd December 


Nova, Victoria

Nova, Victoria is an architecturally striking development that will create a vibrant new link between Victoria Station and Buckingham Palace, which in turn leads onto the Royal Parks. The 897,000 sq ft destination will house world-class office space, high quality apartments and a cluster of inventive and exciting restaurants, eateries, bars and rotating dining experiences.


Nova, Victoria is being developed by the Victoria Circle Limited Partnership, a 50:50 joint venture between Land Securities and CPPIB. Land Securities is the Development Manager for the project and responsible for leasing the retail and office space as well as selling the private apartments.


Land Securities is the UK’s largest listed commercial property company and a member of the FTSE 100. The company owns and manages more than 25 million sq ft of property, from shopping centres to offices, valued in excess of £13 billion.

Land Securities is currently delivering a 2.2 million sq ft, £2 billion development pipeline for Victoria. The area around Victoria Street is being transformed into a place for Londoners to enjoy, people to visit and a place that businesses and individuals are proud to call home.

January 12, 2017