UP Projects is curating and producing a major new public artwork by Sonia Boyce, commissioned by Crossrail for the Trackside wall that flanks the new Elizabeth Line.  At over a mile long, the artwork will be one of the longest ever commissioned in the UK, running through Custom House, Silvertown and North Woolwich in Newham.  

Since summer 2016 UP Projects have been working with Crossrail and a steering panel of community representatives, project architects and experts in contemporary public art on commissioning this major artwork by Sonia Boyce, one of the leading figures in the contemporary British Art Scene. Local residents have contributed to the artist selection process and, through a series of over 25 workshops and events led by Boyce throughout the three neighbourhoods, have also contributed to the development of the final artwork. Over 300 stories have been collected by Boyce that highlight individual memories and the people and events that have shaped Newham. These stories, will be woven into the design of the final artwork.   

The completed design was presented to the community summer 2018 and the artwork will be installed ahead of the opening of the Elizabeth line in Autumn 2019.

More about Sonia Boyce. 

Over her 30-year career Sonia Boyce has emerged as one of the leading figures in the British art scene.

After gaining recognition in the 1980s as part of the Black British Artists Movement, Boyce’s practice has evolved to become more collaborative and site specific, integrating mediums including film, performance, photography and installation.

In 2007, Boyce was awarded an MBE for services to art and she became a Royal Academician in 2016. She has exhibited at the ICA London, Eastside Projects in Birmingham and Venice Biennale. In 2016 Boyce was awarded the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists.

Artist selection

Boyce’s proposal was selected from three exceptional proposals developed for this commission from a shortlist that also included Oscar Murillo and Amalia Pica. For more about the three artists’ proposals see below: