- Art on the Underground works with artists to change the way people experience our city.
WHAT WE DO
- We invite artists to create works of art for London’s Underground that are seen by millions of people each day.
- Incorporating a range of artistic media from painting, installation, sculpture, digital and performance, to prints and custom Tube map covers, we produce critically acclaimed projects that are accessible to all and which draw together London’s diverse communities.
- We further London Underground’s longstanding history of working with leading artists from Henry Moore to Eduardo Paolozzi. Since our inception, we have presented acclaimed projects by UK-based and international artists including Turner prize winners, allowing Art on the Underground to remain at the forefront of contemporary debate on how art can shape public space.
RECENT PROJECTS INCLUDE
- Sunset, Sunrise, Sunset , 2021 a permanent kinetic sculpture by Alexandre da Cunha for the new Underground station at Battersea Power Station.
- The Brixton Mural Programme at Brixton Underground station which takes the numerous murals that were created in Brixton during the 1980s as a point of departure. Artists who have created work for this site include: Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Aliza Nisenbaum, Denzil Forrester, Helen Johnson and Joy Labinjo.
- A city-wide commission by Turner Prize winning artist Helen Cammock which responds to the events that unfolded in 2020 and 2021: the effects of a global pandemic; the death of George Floyd and subsequent Black Lives Matter protests; the ecological challenges we continue to face; and the inequalities made evident through Covid-19.
- Pleasure’s Inaccuracies, 2020 a commission with Lucy McKenzie at Sudbury Town station, a historic, listed building designed by Charles Holden in 1931.
- PAN AFRICAN FLAGS FOR THE RELIC TRAVELLERS’ ALLIANCE , 2019-20 a commission with Larry Achiampong which re-imagined London Underground’s iconic roundel, for Westminster Underground station with Pan African colours that speak symbolically to various African diasporic identities.
- Tube map covers by major UK and International artists including: Phyllida Barlow, Yayoi Kusama, Linder, Jade Montserrat, Laure Prouvost, Marc Camille Chaimowicz and Imran Qureshi.
- Art on the Underground is funded by Transport for London, with additional financial support for some commissions from bodies including Arts Council England. Corporate sponsorship also forms part of the funding for specific projects.