Classic British artworks go on display across London as part of the nationwide art show Art Everywhere from August 12-25.
A total of 57 artworks are on show including Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott and Millais’ Ophelia, to Turner ‘s, The Fighting Temeraire, L. S. Lowry’s Going to the Match and the sculptural installation, Cold Dark Matter, by Cornelia Parker.
Sites in Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham and Croydon are among over 20,000 UK-wide locations being transformed into artworks in high streets, tube and train stations, shopping malls and office buildings. Buses and black cabs will exhibit the artworks around London as they navigate the streets of the capital.
Cornelia Parker, the only living artist, and woman, in the top ten selected works said: “I am absolutely delighted that the British public have voted my work Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View into the top ten. It’s a fantastic project and to see my work reproduced on posters across the UK is fulfilling a long held fantasy!”
Art Everywhere was set up by Richard Reed, co-founder of Innocent Drinks, and is supported by the Art Fund, Tate and media owners who have donated ad space to an estimated value of £3m.
“This is a joyful project with no agenda other than to flood our streets with art and celebrate the creative talents and legacy of the UK,” said Reed.
The organisers of Art Everywhere estimate 90% of the UK’s adult population will be exposed to a wide range of art, instead of advertising, during the next two weeks.
Each poster will be interactive, enabling the public to point their smartphones at the art to access information about each piece.
A full list of the artworks on display and more information about the project can be found on Art Everywhere’s website.