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Canary Wharf Group and City Corporation to fund £1m Crossrail public artwork

By Hamish McDougall

Canary Wharf Group and City Corporation  to fund £1m Crossrail public artwork

Canary Wharf Group plc has agreed to part-fund a new permanent public artwork in the Canary Wharf Crossrail station, with a further £500,000 match-funded by the City of London Corporation, it was announced today.

The new art installation at Canary Wharf station will be part of the largest, collaborative public art commissioning programme in a generation. A leading contemporary art gallery will be appointed to work with Crossrail’s Advisory Art Board and Canary Wharf Group to commission an artist.

The Culture Line will be a permanent exhibition of large-scale art works across seven London Crossrail stations, designed in collaboration with London’s leading art galleries. It is an integral part of Crossrail’s efforts to design and build new high-quality stations and to vastly enhance areas above and around the new stations.

Artworks will be permanently integrated into new Crossrail stations at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel as well as Canary Wharf. It is hoped they will deliver inspiration and pleasure to London commuters for generations to come and become a destination for art-lovers world-wide.

Sir George Iacobescu CBE, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canary Wharf Group plc said: “From the start, art and culture have been embedded into the design of Canary Wharf. Jointly commissioning a new, world-class artwork in the Crossrail Station with the City of London Corporation will continue our proud tradition of supporting London’s cultural community in a dramatic and innovative manner. The installation will provide a lasting benefit for the tens of thousands of people who will be using Crossrail daily to travel to Canary Wharf.”

Mark Boleat, Policy Chairman at the City of London Corporation, said:“We are delighted to be expanding our long-standing support for Crossrail by helping to fund The Culture Line. These innovative new exhibitions will bring together renowned artists and galleries to create a lasting legacy for London. The capital needs world class infrastructure to succeed on the global stage and the Crossrail project is a fantastic example of what can be achieved if policymakers rise to this challenge.”

Terry Morgan, Crossrail Chairman said: “It is terrific that Canary Wharf Group and the City of London Corporation is making such a substantial commitment to The Culture Line. This programme will enhance London’s reputation as one of the world’s great cultural capitals. We welcome interest from the business community, both in the UK and internationally, to match fund these new pieces of art, which will be curated by seven of the world’s premier art galleries and undertaken by some of the most celebrated artists.”

Funding of The Culture Line falls outside the £14.8bn funding package for Crossrail. The City of London Corporation is providing significant support to Crossrail’s ambitions to deliver a world-class artistic legacy to London by match funding 50 per cent of the art works.

Crossrail’s Art Board is now marketing to businesses and philanthropists in the UK and internationally to secure funding for the additional 50 per cent of the artworks. Businesses will have a once in a generation opportunity to associate their brand with an iconic piece of London infrastructure and some of the world’s most famed galleries and artists.

In March 2013 Crossrail unveiled the first artwork to be selected for The Culture Line, with international artist Spencer Finch’s A Cloud Index to be built into the 2,300 square metre glazed station canopy at Crossrail’s new Paddington station. The result will create a picture of the sky in the tradition of English landscape artists Constable and Turner, and an arrangement of more than 25 different types of clouds.

Crossrail will carry over 200 million passengers per year, adding 10% to London’s rail network and bringing an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes commute of central London. It will link London’s key employment, leisure and business districts – Heathrow, West End, the City and Canary Wharf, and encourage regeneration all the way across the capital.


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The Culture Linewill engage seven world renowned London art galleries, together creating a permanent line-wide exhibition across the seven Crossrail stations. The result will be a series of seven unique destinations, with an art commission of international importance embedded into the design and architecture of each station.

Artworks are being selected by an advisory Round Table of representatives from national and local arts organisations and commercial galleries. Among the galleries already identified to work in partnership with Crossrail are: Lisson Gallery for Paddington station, Victoria Miro for Liverpool Street, Gagosian for Tottenham Court Road, White Cube for Bond Street station and Sadie Coles for Farringdon. Crossrail is in discussions with other galleries for the remaining stations at Whitechapel and Canary Wharf.

Each shortlisted artist will be invited to submit proposals that incorporate The Culture Line’s Three Big Ideas:

Art & Architecture

Working in partnership with the architectural design teams and the manufacturers of the keynote materials selected for the build, artists will have an opportunity to use these materials, while integrating their art into the fabric of the Crossrail build.

The River of Light

Crossrail will be able to use 21st-Century technology to host light installations or stream digital art through the eight stations and along the whole Crossrail line.

The Urban Gallery

From free-standing sculpture to seating, from way-finding to place-making, Crossrail’s Urban Gallery will put the spotlight on individual, specifically-located art and design works in public spaces within and surrounding the new stations.

The Culture Line will be funded through private sponsorship, and will not be drawn from Crossrail’s existing budget.

The Crossrail Advisory Art Board volunteer their time and include: Michael Cassidy CBE, Non-Executive Director for Crossrail and former Chairman of the Museum of London; Colin Tweedy LVO OBE, Managing Director of The Building Centre and Former Chief Executive of Art & Business; Susie Allen MA RCA, Founding Director of Artwise; Lydia Yee, Curator at the Barbican Art Galleries; Whitney Hintz, Curator of the Hiscox Collection and Independent Arts Adviser; Ann Elliott, an independent curator and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; David McNeill, Director of Public Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement at Transport for London; Will Parkes, External Affairs Director at Crossrail; Christina Andersen, Art Programme Officer at Crossrail; Richard Brown, Lead Architect at Crossrail; Sam Richards, Head of Urban Integration at Crossrail; and Futurecity. This panel works together with the Galleries’ representatives and station architects to select inspiring art.

About Crossrail

The total funding envelope available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn. The Crossrail route will pass through 38 stations and runs for over 100 kilometres from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

When Crossrail opens it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10 per cent, supporting regeneration and cutting journey times across the city. Crossrail services are due to commence through central London in 2018.

Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.


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About the City of London Corporation 

The City of London Corporation provides local government and policing services for the financial and commercial heart of Britain, the 'Square Mile'. This encompasses three roles: (1) we support London’s communities by working in partnership with neighbouring boroughs on economic regeneration, education and skills projects. In addition, the City of London Corporation’s charity City Bridge Trust makes charitable grants of more than £15 million annually. (2) We also help look after key London heritage and green spaces including the Museum of London, Barbican Arts Centre, Tower Bridge, City gardens, Hampstead Heath, Epping Forest, Burnham Beeches, and important ‘commons’ in south London. (3) And we also support and promote the ‘City’ as a world-leading financial and business hub, with outward and inward business delegations, high-profile civic events, and research-driven policies. See for more details.

About Canary Wharf Group plc

Canary Wharf Group plc is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies. Canary Wharf has a working population of nearly 100,000 people in a diverse range of sectors for some of the world’s leading companies. It has paved the way for the regeneration of London’s Docklands and one in five Canary Wharf workers now lives in a local East London borough. It has helped London and the City consolidate its position at the centre of the business world.
The Group has plans in place to continue to develop Canary Wharf in the coming years. This will be in parallel with other central London developments such as the Shell Centre on the South Bank (in a joint venture with Qatari Diar) and 20 Fenchurch Street in the City of London (in a joint venture with Land Securities). The Group is currently constructing the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station ahead of schedule and on budget, which received the Crossrail tunnel boring machines in 2013. It is also building a new headquarters for the European Medicines Agency at 25/30 Churchill Place.