Art on the Underground mission:
Present extraordinary contemporary art for our unique audience: our customers, staff and the diverse communities of London.
Strengthen Transport for London’s links with the people it serves by engaging audiences, re-imagining spaces, and changing the way we experience the city.
Build on London Underground’s artistic and design legacy with a diverse programme of temporary and permanent art projects.
Champion contemporary art in London – reflecting the global city with a global audience – working with artists from around the world; from those with an established reputation to those at the beginning of promising careers.
London Underground established Art on the Underground in 2000 initially under the title Platform for Art, with the purpose of producing and presenting new artworks that enrich the journeys of millions on the Tube every day.
From single site large-scale commissions at sites such as Gloucester Road Station, to pocket size commissions for the cover of the Tube map, Art on the Underground has commissioned a roll-call of the best artists in the last 14 years, maintaining art as a central element of Transport for London’s identity and engaging passengers and staff in a strong sense of shared ownership.
For London Underground’s 150th Anniversary in 2013, Art on the Underground commissioned Turner Prize winning artist Mark Wallinger to create Labyrinth, a permanent artwork for each of the 270 stations on the network.
2014 has seen the launch of Art on the Underground’s first project on the river, with a commission by Clare Woods for TfL’s London River Services, a new Gloucester Road commission, An English Landscape by Trevor Paglen and The Palace that Joan Built by Mel Brimfield and Gwyneth Herbert a major work responding to the legacy of Joan Littlewood at Stratford station.