UP Projects curates and commissions contemporary art for public places. The organisation was founded in 2002 by Emma Underhill, with a mission to support artists to make work that has social relevance, encourages learning and enriches the public sphere.

We believe in working collaboratively with artists, communities and partners to create extraordinary projects across the UK that respond to heritage, identity and place, bringing people together, stimulating debate, and supporting social change.

Our work has been enjoyed by millions of people, including ambitious public commissions, imaginative cultural strategies, artist-led events, educational workshops and community engagement initiatives. We strive to be relevant to the places we work in, whether towns and cities across the country, the UK’s river and canal network, parks and green spaces, new urban developments or areas of regeneration. 

We are a charity based in London, working across the UK and beyond.  Combining an expert team of strategic thinkers, curators, educators and project managers, we have a 15 year track record of working across the private and cultural sectors, with expertise in contemporary visual art, performing arts, architecture and urban design.

Our work is underpinned by our core values:

INNOVATION: We encourage experimentation, challenge convention and test new ideas.

LEARNING: Education and learning is integral to all that we do.

OPENNESS:  We are collaborative, and aim to make our work as accessible as possible.

RELEVANCE: We create work that has relevance to contemporary life and the diversity of the UK today.