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Jim Isermann Tube Wrap, 2007. Part of the Thin Cities series for the Piccadilly line


Art on the Underground

Our vision: World Class Art for a World Class Tube

The Art on the Underground mission:

Provide a world-class programme of contemporary art that enriches the Tube environment and our customers’ journey experience; and continues the long-standing tradition that excellent art and design is at the core of London Underground's identity and services.

The programme aims to:

• Present the best international contemporary art for our unique audience : our customers, staff and the diverse communities of London

• Strengthen the Tube’s links with the people it serves through a programme that engages our audiences, encourages their participation in, and increases their knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of, contemporary art

• Champion contemporary art by offering the Tube as a unique opportunity to an international range of artists; from those with an established reputation to those at the beginning of promising careers

• Contribute to LU’s artistic and design legacy and the cultural landscape of London through a diverse programme of temporary and permanent art projects

• Grow our reputation and recognition as an important art programme with all our audiences and stakeholders in London, the UK and internationally

The Art on the Underground programme includes temporary and permanent commissions, a series of commissions for the front cover of the Pocket Tube map and a programme of Tube line-based commissions, which revolve around a particular theme. The Tube line series has so far included the Piccadilly line (Thin Cities), the Jubilee line (One Thing Leads to Another – Everything is Connected) and the Central line.

This website provides information about and images of our current and forthcoming projects, as well as a comprehensive archive of projects produced since 2003.
For more information about our Art on the Underground programme, please email art@tube.tfl.gov.uk.

To see some a range of posters and other work commissioned by London Underground over the past 100 years, please visit the London Transport Museum website.

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