UP Projects have been appointed by Crossrail as curators of a major new public artwork, which will be installed along the Elizabeth line trackside wall in Newham running through Custom House, Silvertown and North Woolwich. At more than a mile long,it is believed that the artwork will be one of the longest ever commissioned in the UK.

Artists Sonia Boyce, Oscar Murillo and Amalia Pica have been shortlisted to work with local people to deliver concepts for the wall artwork. These three internationally-renowned artists, each with significant ties to Newham and east London, all have experience of working with people to shape their artistic and socially-engaged practice. From the 20th March, they will have three months to undertake research and engage the local community as part of their artistic process before presenting their proposals to the public via an exhibition in which people will be able to comment on their favourite proposal. Following this, a Steering Panel made up of community representatives and local councillors will select the final artist to carry out the commission, which will be announced in July 2017.

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An exhibition of the three artists’ proposals travelled around community spaces for a week beginning Monday 19 June, which gave residents the opportunity find out more about the proposals and give feedback on their favourite. UP Projects visited the following locations:

 North Woolwich Library, Asta Community Hub, Custom House Library, The Garden Community Cafe, Royal Docks Learning & Activity Centre, Drew Primary School, Tate & Lyle Factory, The Royal British Legion, Shipman Youth Centre and The North Woolwich Community Market.


Phoebe Moore Phoebe@suttonpr.com