Current Projects

UP Commissions support artists to make ambitious and experimental new work for the public realm. These may range from proposals that respond to the environment where work is produced, to interdisciplinary collaboration, to pieces that are co-produced with communities. 

This is Public Space is a series of web commissions curated by UP Projects. The commissions are part of our wider programme which works with artists to make new work alongside interrogating what public art means in the 21st Century. 

Live Research
Constellations

October 2017 - May 2018

Our annual skills development and research programme for artists who are interested in working together to produce work for public places.  The programme supports artists to develop their practice, collaborate with others, and access new networks.

Look on me and be renewed, by Mark KingDr John Marsden and Changing 7, is in HOOKED at Science Gallery London. During the exhibition, new digital manifestations of the project will be created by Mark King via Instagram. 

Sonia Boyce
Newham Trackside Wall

July 2016 - Spring 2019

UP Projects is curating and producing a major new public artwork by Sonia Boyce, commissioned by Crossrail for the Trackside wall of the Elizabeth Line.  Over a mile long, it will be one of the longest commissioned in the UK.  

Your Words in My Mouth | My Voice on Your Tongue by Ghislaine Leung is a project with Zubayr Abdullah, Moriom Begum, Sumaiya Choudhury, Jenna Islam, Khadra Jama, Kaazim Pasha, Sadiyah Rahman and Sumaiyyah Tasneem, St. Paul’s Way Trust School.

Harry Meadley
On the Bench

January - August 2017

Commissioned for the The Floating Cinema’s 2017 tour, On the Bench is eight films featuring interviews with residents in South and East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. Each individual articulate what motivates them to keep pursing their chosen field. 

Permanent Commissions

UP Projects were appointed by Berkeley Homes to deliver a public art strategy for their Vista development in Nine Elms, Battersea The strategy included proposals for integrated artists’ commissions across the site as well as community engagement events and activity.

UP Projects were invited to curate and produce a new commission for Folkestone Triennial 2014. We invited Pablo Bronstein to respond to the beach front and lower coastal promenade, in his first major public art commission.

Henry Krokatsis
Turning Tree

May 2015 - ongoing

Turning Tree is a permanent sculpture for Ladywell Fields, Lewisham. Henry Krokatsis took a section of a fallen Black Poplar and immortalised it in cast polished aluminium. Hovering above the surface of the River Ravensbourne, it rotates with the current. 

Tania Kovats
Habitat

May 2011 - ongoing

Habitat is an environmental commission by Tania Kovats who created a sculptural floating garden for Islington’s City Road Basin. The thriving garden has been planted to encourage and support the local wildlife in an area increasingly dominated by urban development. 

Klassnik Corporation
The Fish Hotel

September 2014 - ongoing

The Fish Hotel, a playful installation made in a collaboration with The Klassnik Corporation and Thames 21, established a new habitat for the fish of Cornmill Gardens. This permanent commission nurtures wildlife in a section of the river previously inhospitable. 

Sans facon
The Field

January 2012 - ongoing

Working in collaboration with residents and Islington Council's landscape architects, Sans facon created a social space for Churnfield Green, Finsbury Park. Launched in 2014, The Field combines an elliptical seating area with curved lamp posts, which playfully frame the space.

Margot Bannerman
Bee Stop

July 2010 – ongoing

Bee Stop, Holloway Road, Archway, explores alternative methods of growing within urban sites. Working alongside Aldingbourne Nurseries, Margot Bannerman’s mini meadow contains a variety of nectar-rich wild-flowers and plants that would be beneficial to the increasingly threatened bee population. 

London Fieldworks
Spontaneous City

July 2010 - ongoing

Spontaneous City is an installation drawing on the ecology and biodiversity of two sites on opposite sides of London. The sculptural 'habitat' contributes to the lifecycle of birds, providing spaces for shelter or nesting. It also offers habitats for insects.