Contemporary Art and Culture play a vital role in creating a sense of place, contributing to a distinctive identity, engaging communities, supporting way-finding and economic development.

UP Projects is one of the UK’s leading place-making specialists delivering cultural strategies and public art commissions, whose work has been enjoyed by millions of people across the country.

We combine inspirational strategic visioning, with thorough research and mapping of the heritage, cultural assets and unique characteristics of a place, to ensure an outcome that is ground-breaking and marketable as well as authentic and site-responsive. 

Our approach to community consultation and engagement is unique. We host participatory events and education programmes for local communities, designed to uncover local heritage stories, generate crucial feedback for the commissioner, to ensure that final projects add value to the local area and are enjoyed for years to come. We are ambitious on the behalf of our clients and partners and pride ourselves on creating career-defining opportunities for artists that bring unique, innovative and visionary projects to each site, which are integrated, sensitive and appealing to local communities.

Our expert team offers the required network and experience to deliver high quality strategies and artistic interventions that will create ROI, strong marketing potential and illustrate best practice.

We have written cultural strategies for some of the UK’s largest urban developments, including the Greenwich Peninsula and Nine Elms, Battersea, and placed artistic interventions within brownfield sites, transforming them into exclusive canvases for arts and culture. Our past clients include residential and commercial property developers, housing associations, local authorities and government agencies. 

Working with local authorities, we have delivered cultural projects for over half of London’s boroughs. This experience led to our nomination in July 2017 to the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture expert panel, an advisory board for a new funding programme which will shine the spot light on culture across the capital. Since 2012, UP Projects has been the only public art organisation in London to be awarded National Portfolio funding from the Arts Council England.

Our client portfolio includes: The Greater London Authority, The Olympic Delivery Authority, Crossrail, Royal Opera House, Wellcome Trust, Liverpool BiennalFolkestone Triennial, Berkeley Homes, among many others.

For more information about our consultancy work, or to discuss an upcoming opportunity to work together, please contact Emma Underhill: