Art on the Underground

Art On The Underground

Art on the Underground

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Art on the Underground, previously called Platform for Art, is a visual arts showcase sponsored by London Underground, the rapid transit system for London, England.

History

London Underground's associations with visual art began in 1908 when its then Publicity Officer Frank Pick began commissioning leading artists to work on poster campaigns for the rapidly expanding network.

The company's distinctive corporate image, including official Underground roundel and iconic tube map designed by Harry Beck are also considered major contributions to visual art, and several of the network's stations have been decorated with artistic tiling or murals depicting local historical or traditional themes.

Launched in 2000, previously known as Platform for Art, London Underground's art programme aimed to continue the company's association with the arts and "create an environment for positive impact and to enhance and enrich the journeys of the passengers that are its audience". Platform for Art was rebranded as Art on the Underground in 2007.

The programme



Posters, billboard and exhibition spaces are provided by London Underground for young and aspiring artists in various media.

Most notably, at Gloucester Road tube station an entire disused platform is the backdrop for a rolling programme of four exhibitions a year featuring murals or sculptures with eye-catching lighting. The ticket hall and exit area at Piccadilly Circus tube station is also a venue for Platform for Art...
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