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THE ARTS, FASHION & DESIGN
POWERLIST 2010
SHIRLEY J. THOMPSON STEPHEN WILTSHIRE
Composer/Lecturer Artist
NEW ENTRANT
Shirley Thompson is hailed as Wiltshire has been hailed as a
one of the most original and leading architectural artist because
gifted composers to emerge in of his astounding ability to draw,
contemporary Britain. She is the only from memory, stunningly detailed
woman in Europe in the past 35 years buildings. He has recreated
to have composed and conducted cityscapes to scale simply from
a symphony – her epic New Nation taking half-hour helicopter rides
Rising: A 21st Century Symphony over the world’s major capitals,
celebrated London’s thousand-year including Tokyo and London.
history. The award-winning London Wiltshire, 34, has featured in
composer is celebrated for her numerous documentaries and
eclectic and original writing style his artwork has been frequently
having composed numerous scores exhibited all over the world. As a
for opera, orchestra, contemporary child he was mute and did not relate
dance, TV and fi lm. She co-scored the multi-award-winning Sadler’s to people. Then, at the age of three, he was diagnosed as autistic.
Wells ballet production PUSH, which has toured worldwide. His talent for drawing was noticed when he was fi ve. By eight he
Thompson studied music at the University of Liverpool. It was started drawing cityscapes and London landmarks. He is the only
with her own chamber orchestra, the Shirley Thompson Ensemble, autistic savant in the world whose work has been recorded and
set up in 1995, that she developed her style of fusing classical published since his childhood. Wiltshire now has his own gallery in
orchestrations with popular dance and vocals. London.
Infl uential because… she is a ground- Infl uential because… he has done more
breaking composer who has achieved than anyone to improve the public’s
what no other British woman has done. perception of autistic people.
ELSIE OWUSU DAVID ADJAYE
Architect Architect
Owusu is a dynamic fi gure whose impressive work covers the UK, With recent fi nancial woes behind
Middle East and Africa. Her recent major projects have included him, Adjaye – hailed by Time
working on the design of the United Kingdom Supreme magazine as “the young wonder of
Court, where she assumed leadership of the team the London design world” – can get
responsible for the art strategy and the furnishing on with the business of designing
of the interior. In Accra, Ghana, and Lagos, stunning structures. The stark but
Nigeria, she has played an instrumental role deceptively complex characteristics
in the implementation of major new public of Adjaye’s work have garnered him
transport systems. A principal of Elsie Owusu more honours this past year. He won
Architects and a partner of Feilden and the £350m commission to design
Mawson LLP, she specialises in regeneration, the African American Museum of
art into architecture, and environmental History and Culture in Washington,
matters. Owusu was the Founding Chair of the DC, a RIBA International Award for
Society of Black Architects (SOBA), is a board the Museum of Contemporary Art
member of Arts Council England and has also in Denver and also a Top British Design Award for Architectural
presented Who Pays the Piper, a Channel 5 Achievement for Rivington Place – the fi rst new-build public gallery
series on architecture and patronage. in London since 1968. Adjaye, who boasts high-profi le commissions
from the likes of Ewan McGregor, has also designed London’s award-
winning Idea Store library, the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, and the
Infl uential because… she is
Stephen Lawrence Centre.
one of the leading female
lights in the world of Infl uential because... he’s the foremost UK
architecture and is redefi ning architect of his generation who dragged his
what is possible. insular profession into the 21st century.
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