The Crossrail Art Foundation, a registered charity, has been founded with support from the City of London Corporation, with a mission to promote art for the benefit of the public, by establishing and maintaining a public art programme that will enhance the journeys of the millions of people who will use the Elizabeth line.
The Crossrail Art Foundation will help deliver an integrated exhibition of site specific public artworks by internationally renowned artists, which are sympathetic to the Elizabeth line and the location of the relevant station. We call this “The Culture Line” and it forms a major part of the art programme.
Crossrail’s vision of a world-class railway requires the buildings and spaces created as part of the railway to be inspirational. This aspiration is shared by the Crossrail Art Foundation. The Culture Line will bring together art world creativity from internationally renowned artists, with reputable contemporary London-based art galleries, corporate funders and world-class architects, designers and engineers in this ambitious and exciting project.
The Crossrail Art Foundation will select artworks that will form The Culture Line, with the support of the art galleries and advisory Round Table panels of art-world representatives.
Commissions for artworks will focus initially on the new Elizabeth line stations at the key locations of Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel and Canary Wharf Group’s development of Canary Wharf station.
In total, seven London-based galleries have been selected to support The Culture Line. They are:
- Lisson Gallery for Paddington station
- White Cube for Bond Street station
- Gagosian for Tottenham Court Road station
- Sadie Coles HQ for Farringdon station
- Victoria Miro for Liverpool Street station
- Whitechapel Gallery for Whitechapel station
- PACE for Canary Wharf station
The artwork selected for each station will play a significant part in the Crossrail story, by participating in one of the leading public art programmes in a generation. The result will be a series of unique destinations, each with its own site specific artwork.
To date, artists have been announced for the following stations:
- Spencer Finch for Paddington station
- Richard Wright and Douglas Gordon for Tottenham Court Road
- Michal Rovner for Canary Wharf
The Culture Line falls outside Crossrail’s £14.8 billion core funding. The Crossrail Art Foundation is raising funds for the individual artworks from corporate funders. The City of London Corporation has also agreed to support the Crossrail Art Foundation, including by match funding the contributions received from the corporate funders.
The Crossrail Art Foundation registered as a charity in England and Wales (1159310) and is a company limited by guarantee (company number 09200269), with its registered office at 50 Broadway, London SW1H 0BL.