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.