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Ai Weiwei CIRCA 2021

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Installation

Ai Weiwei is taking over the iconic advertising lights at Piccadilly Circus.

Event Info

Date & Time

October 01 - October 31

Displaying every evening, at 20:21

Location

Piccadilly Circus, London, UK

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In the lead up to COP26, CIRCA is dedicating their global art and culture platform to a month-long public investigation of the urgent question ‘WHERE DO WE GO FROM NOW?’, featuring key responses from world leading artists, activists and thinkers including Ai Weiwei, Marina Abramović, Nikita Gale, Indy Johar and Tom Whyman amongst others. Making public art truly public, CIRCA is offering everyone who answers this question the once in a lifetime opportunity to both see their response appear on the iconic Piccadilly Lights and win a special signed print by Ai Weiwei worth £5,000.

‘WHERE DO WE GO FROM NOW?’ harnesses today’s global moment of unpredictable flux to propose routes toward more inclusive, more creative and fairer societies, placing a focus on the shared “now” of this unique post-crisis moment, rather than the divided “here” of our individual circumstances. This aims to propel the CIRCA public art programme into its next phase of connecting public art with public debate, a year on from its launch with Ai Weiwei in October 2020.

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Royal Academy of Arts

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The Royal Academy of Arts is a world-renowned art institution based in Burlington House on Piccadilly, London. For over 250 years, the RA has existed to champion art and artists and offers a place where art is made, exhibited and debated. Enjoy their expanded campus with free displays, new spots to eat, drink and shop, and much more.

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Lazinc

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Lazinc is known for promoting artists that are thriving outside of the conventional contemporary art market, with the gallery co-founder being Banksy's ex-agent. It sits seconds away from the Royal Academy of Arts, and is a championing force for artists who transform the way art is made, curated and presented.

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Maison Assouline

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The international flagship store, serves as an oasis of culture in the heart of bustling Piccadilly and seconds away from Piccadilly Circus. Housed in the landmark building which was an old bank designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1922, it's one of the world's most beautiful bookstores. Pop-in to refuel at the elegant Swans Bar, pick-up unique books and gifts, and enjoy special events in this historical setting.

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National Gallery

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The National Gallery is one of London's greatest art museums located in Trafalgar Square, London. Founded in 1824, it houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900.

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