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May 2024

The Art of London Season has kicked off with one of the largest public art takeovers the capital has ever seen!

The Piccadilly Art Takeover is a unique partnership between the Royal Academy of Arts and Art of London, supported by Sky Arts, Piccadilly Lights, Westminster City Council and the Mayor of London.

Five artists from the Royal Academy, Michael Armitage, Vanessa Jackson, Isaac Julien, Farshid Moussavi and Yinka Shonibare have been carefully selected to transform Piccadilly and Piccadilly Circus and to welcome visitors back to the West End.

Gallery Without Walls

Farshid Moussavi, Michael Armitage and Yinka Shonibare have designed the art for 30 hanging flags positioned along the famous cultural hub of Piccadilly. All three artists have very distinct and different backgrounds and mediums, yet their chosen pieces work in harmony together, with the tones, shapes and designs complementing one another in a celebratory sequence of colour.

Art Spilling Onto The Streets

Vanessa Jackson has created UpTownDancing, 13 unique pedestrian crossings which invite you to feel the rhythm created by her vibrant colours as you cross the street.

Piccadilly Lights

Filmmaker and installation artist, Isaac Julien has designed the work on display on the Piccadilly screens. Lessons of the Hour, a portrait of the poetic life of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, features British actor Ray Fearon.

You can view weekly shorts, culminating in a full 30-minute screening at the end of August.
Using augmented reality technology, you can listen along on your mobile devices whilst you
watch. You can also connect to a 10-screen, fully immersive, augmented reality experience
of Julien’s work