This coming Sunday (24th July), there is a chance to tour of some of London Underground’s artworks, which are part of the city’s largest public art programme.
The tours coincide with the launch of the Art Tube Map – the first guide to permanent art works on the Underground. Temporary art displays, such as the poster display at Stanmore station are not included.
Available at Zone 1 stations, as well as Hampstead Heath Overground, East Finchley, Blackhorse Road, Stratford and Woolwich Arsenal DLR station, the map highlights the works that have formed the backdrop to the journeys of the millions of people who use the Tube every day.
Pieces by Daniel Buren, Jacqueline Poncelet, John Maine, Knut Henrik Henriksen and Mark Wallinger have been installed since the Art on the Underground programme was formed in 2000. In addition, Wallinger’s 2013 ‘Labyrinth’ includes a work of art for every one of the Tube’s 270 stations.
Many other artworks have been installed on the Tube network over the last 150 years, and these will also be covered in the tours, including sculptor Jacob Epstein’s ‘Day’ and ‘Night’ sculptures at St James’s Park station, which created public outrage when unveiled in 1929, and Eduardo Paolozzi’s famous mosaics at Tottenham Court Road station.
The related Art Tours this Sunday are 90 minute trips to explore some of the varied works of art that can be found all over the Underground network.
For those interested in discovering more about the programme and the artists there is also a free panel discussion on Thursday 21 July at London Transport Museum. Artists including Jacqueline Poncelet and Zineb Sedira will discuss the programme and the ideas behind their work.
Tours start at St James’s Park station at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, finishing at Edgware Road station.
For tickets to the on-off tours or the panel discussion, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Because of space constraints there is limited availability and booking ahead is essential
In case you are scratching your head as to why the tube map looks instantly familiar, yet also a bit odd — most of the stations names are missing, and there’s no zones on it. They kept the dangleway though.