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We've always quite liked TFL's Platform for Art programme that's been run on the London Underground, even if it does generally just mean they're putting on a show at Gloucester Road tube station. (Might be nice to see it spread around a bit, perhaps to the not-quite-so-smart tube stations...)

They're just about to re-brand the programme as Art on the Underground, and are having a series of events to celebrate their new identity (above).

We rather liked the old identity, which looked like this:


Anyway, first up, from Monday 26 November they'll be having a poster giveaway at five overground / underground junction stations: Kings Cross, Victoria, Waterloo, Paddington and Liverpool St.

The posters are by: Turner Prize nominee Mark Titchner, who makes bold text based works; James Ireland; Katy Dove; Kelga, and Layla Curtis who has created an intricately drawn A-Z map which is actually completely fictitious. We hope it's something like her London Index drawing from 2003 (shown below).


And here's a detail from that:


Which in turn reminded us of NB Studio's gorgeous London's Kerning poster (detail shown below), which has just had a second print run, and is on sale at Blanka for £100.


But we digress.

No word yet on which poster is at which station, but if we find out, we'll let you know.

UPDATE - This just in from Londonist

"Each day a different poster will be available from 8am at the 5 Underground stations: Kings Cross, Victoria, Waterloo, Paddington and Liverpool Street. The schedule is as follows: Monday - Mark Titchner, Tuesday- James Ireland, Wednesday - Klega, Thursday - Layla Curtis, Friday - Katie Dove"

On Tuesday 27 there's a full day's conference called Art in public contexts, at the newly re-opened London Transport Museum, which is worth a visit in its own right (and we'll be giving it a full review mighty soon).

And on Tuesday evening TFL are launching a book all about Platform for Art, again at the London Transport Museum.


Now, if they could just get rid of more of the advertising on the tube...

posted: 23 November 2007
categories: Art | Events
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