Art Capital: Art for the Elizabeth line

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    Chantal Joffe, A Sunday Afternoon in Whitechapel, 2017 (detail). Collage on paper, 50.5 × 35 cm © Chantal Joffe. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London / Venice

Free entry

13 Mar 2018 - 6 May 2018

Galleries 4, 5 & 6

Monday Closed
Tuesday 11am–6pm
Wednesday 11am–6pm
Thursday 11am–9pm
Friday 11am–6pm
Saturday 11am–6pm
Sunday 11am–6pm

Spectacular new public art commissions by British and international artists will be unveiled across London from December 2018. The Crossrail Art Programme is working with artists to create public art in and around the new central London Elizabeth line stations. This unprecedented project will significantly enrich the presence of contemporary art in the capital’s public realm.

In the first overview of the Crossrail artworks, material such as maquettes, sketches and prototypes are displayed in the gallery’s project and archive spaces. The exhibition reveals the artists’ ideas and the complex process for turning artistic proposals into deliverable public art.

The Crossrail Art Programme commissions will include Chantal Joffe’s (b. 1969, UK) A Sunday Afternoon in Whitechapel (2017). Inspired by Henri Matisse, it features a series of hand painted cut-outs of people photographed around the station at Whitechapel. A vast cloud-filled skyscape by Spencer Finch (b. 1962, USA) will adorn the glazed canopy above the new station at Paddington and Simon Periton’s (b. 1964, UK) artworks celebrating London’s famous jewellery quarter and Smithfield market will feature in Farringdon’s two new ticket halls.

The full list of artists will be unveiled in the exhibition.


Curated by Whitechapel Gallery in partnership with Crossrail.

The new public art for the Elizabeth line is being commissioned by the Crossrail Art Foundation which has raised funds from corporate sponsors, with match funding from the City of London Corporation.

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