The Line will be a world-class sculpture walk in London. The route of the walk broadly follows the line of the Meridian, linking two of the iconic sites of East London: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the O2. The project will bring modern and contemporary sculpture to the waterways. The Line is
a Community Interest Company, set up by Megan Piper and Clive Dutton.
In February 2014, The Line launched a hugely ambitious crowdfunding campaign and successfully raised over £140,000 in less than eight weeks. One of the aims of The Line is to present existing work in a new context. Artists, galleries and collections were requested to propose work for consideration by an independent panel. The works that are installed this year will be on loan for two years. The Line will create a permanent outdoor exhibition space with new works introduced every year.
THOMSON & CRAIGHEAD
264 x 82 x 12cm
Image courtesy of Carroll/Fletcher, London
145.4 x 29.4 x 1200.2cm
Image courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth
Steel and shopping trolleys
939 x 300 x 300 cm
Image courtesy of Pangolin London/the artist
Acrylic paint on bronze
198 x 318 x 165 cm
Image © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved,
Painted and patinated bronze and railway sleepers
553 x 297 x 190 cm
Image courtesy of White Cube, © Gary Hume
800 x 300 x 300 cm
Images courtesy of Pangolin London/The artist’s estate
274 x 100 x 92 cm
Image courtesy of the Artist and Hales Gallery, London. Copyright of the Artist.
175.3 x 233.7 x 642.6 cm
Image courtesy of Sterling Ruby Studio
UNTITLED (THE THING)
Height 650 cm
Visual created by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Megan has been working in the art world since graduating in 2008. She previously worked for the fine art handler, Momart, coordinating the logistical side of exhibitions. Megan founded The Piper Gallery in 2011 and opened premises in London’s West End in 2012. In addition to her role as Founder and Director of The Line, Megan chaired the artwork selection day.
CLIVE DUTTON OBE
Clive is an internationally recognised urban regeneration expert. He as involved in the Olympic regeneration legacy in East London, working for the London Borough of Newham where he was Executive Director of Regeneration and Inward Investment. He was previously Director of Regeneration and Planning for Birmingham City Council, where he was awarded Midlands Property Personality of the Year in 2009. He was awarded an OBE for services to urban regeneration in 1998.
SUPPORT IN KIND
Award-winning architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners are working with The Line to create visual material for the project and provide advice on the project’s development and implementation.
An award winning design led structural and civil engineering studio, with experience from new build developments to listed building refurbishments, is providing engineering support and advice.
Specialist fine art handlers, who are providing a complete service for The Line, including advice, transport and installation.
Mark Major, of award-winning lighting design practice Speirs + Major is advising on all aspects of lighting The Line.
ARTWORK SELECTION PANEL
Richard Cork is an award-winning art critic, historian, broadcaster and curator. After reading Art History at Cambridge, where he gained a Doctorate, Richard became Art Critic of The Evening Standard and then Chief Art Critic of The Times. He broadcasts regularly on BBC radio and TV. He has acted as a judge for the Turner Prize and has curated major exhibitions at Tate, the Hayward Gallery, the Barbican Art Gallery, the Royal Academy and other European venues. His new book, The Healing Presence of Art, is a pioneering history of western art in hospitals from the Renaissance to the 20th century. It was published by Yale in 2012.
Omar Kholeif is a curator and writer. He is Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery, Curator at Large at Cornerhouse and HOME in Manchester, as well as Senior Editor of Ibraaz Publishing. Previously, Omar was Head of Art and Technology at SPACE, London, and Curator at FACT, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, in Liverpool. Omar has also been Artistic Director at the Arab British Centre in London and Founding Director of the UK's Arab Film Festival. In 2012, he co-curated the Liverpool Biennial, the UK’s Biennial of Contemporary Art. Omar writes for publications including Artforum International, Frieze, Art Monthly, The Guardian, Afterimage, Camera Obscura and Wired and is regularly featured in news media such as the BBC, The Daily Telegraph and Al Jazeera. He has curated projects internationally at venues including Tate Modern; Arnolfini, Bristol; ‘Beirut’ in Cairo; Art Dubai and SALT in Istanbul.
Simon Myers lives on a barge on the Lea River with his wife and two children within the London Borough of Newham. He is CEO for the charity Gasworks Dock Partnership which is responsible for developing a new cultural quarter within the heart of the Lower Lea Valley at Cody Dock. He trained in technical theatre at LAMDA and then went on to develop several successful production companies. Simon’s 20 years of working in the arts has gained him an eclectic range of experience managing large and small scale projects for organisations such as the British Museum, British Film Institute, the South Bank Centre, the BBC, Thames Festival and the Royal Opera House. Simon is also a qualified community boat skipper and a strong supporter of the regeneration of our waterways.
Turner Prize winning artist Mark Wallinger is working closely with Megan Piper and Clive Dutton to realise the project. Mark Wallinger is one of the best-known figures in the British art world. In 1999, to great acclaim, his work Ecce Homo was the first commission to occupy Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth and in 2001 he represented Britain at the Venice Biennale. In addition to his supporting role, Mark will be sitting on the selection panel for The Line.
Anita Zabludowicz was born in Newcastle and now lives in London with her husband, Poju, and their four children. Anita and Poju support a number of philanthropic activities and together they founded the Zabludowicz Collection in the mid- 1990s to collect international emerging contemporary art and support their on-going philanthropic endeavours. The Collection holds over 3000 works by over 600 artists, spanning 40 years of art production. Its focus is on emerging art from the late 20th century to the present day. Anita is also the co-chair of The Legacy List.
The selection day was chaired by Megan Piper.
A big thank you to everyone who supported our spacehive crowdfunding campaign. Without your support the project wouldn’t be possible. We’ve listed supporters names below, in the order that pledges were made. We would also like to acknowledge everyone who donated anonymously.
THE EVENING STANDARD
10th March 2014
THE ART NEWSPAPER
26th February 2014
Stump Up for Sculpture
WHAT IS THE LINE?
The Line will be a world-class sculpture walk in London. Artists, galleries and collections were invited to propose work for consideration by an independent selection panel. The Line will present existing works of art,
many of which are currently hidden from public view.
WHERE IS THE LINE?
The walk broadly follows the line of the Greenwich Meridian. The Line extends from Stratford to North Greenwich. Visitors will be able to head north from North Greenwich or south from Stratford. There are three sections to the walk. Travelling over the Thames, visitors will be able take in the extraordinary views of London on the Emirates Air Line and works will be sited at the western end of the Royal Docks. Visitors will need to take a three-minute DLR journey from Royal Victoria Dock to Cody Dock to join the River Lea (believed to be named after Buffalo Bill Cody who set up his camp on the marshes during both of his trips to London).
WHAT IS THE GREENWICH MERIDIAN?
The Greenwich Meridian is the line that separates east from west in the same way that the Equator separates north from south. It is an imaginary line that marks zero degrees longitude. The Greenwich Meridian is important as it marks the starting point of every time zone in the world.
WHEN WILL THE LINE BE OPEN?
The team are in the process of pulling together plans
and hope to launch in late summer/early Autumn.
Please follow social media to be kept updated.
HOW ARE YOU FUND-RAISING?
We successfully crowdfunded £141,000 through Spacehive - the world's first civic crowdfunding platform. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who pledged their support. We are now securing corporate sponsorship for the project.
WHO WILL CHOOSE WHAT WORK IS EXHIBITED ON
An independent panel met on the 7th April 2014 to select works. The panel included artist Mark Wallinger, art critic Richard Cork, collector and co-chair of The Legacy List Anita Zabludowicz, Whitechapel Gallery curator Omar Kholeif, CEO for the charity Gasworks Dock Partnership Simon Myers and one of The Line’s founders, Megan Piper.
HOW CAN I KEEP UP-TO-DATE WITH DEVELOPMENTS?
Through social media and by adding yourself to The Line’s mailing list on our ‘contact’ page. Please follow The Line on Facebook (facebook.com/thelinelondon)
Twitter @thelinelondon and/or Instagram @thelinelondon.
WHO IS BEHIND THE LINE?
Megan Piper and Clive Dutton are the co- founders of The Line. Mark Wallinger is working closely with them,
to realise the project. Megan Piper previously worked for the fine art handler Momart and went on to set up The Piper Gallery in London’s West End. Clive Dutton is an urban regeneration expert who was awarded an OBE in 1998 for his work in this field. He was the Exec Director for Regeneration and Inward Investment for the London Borough of Newham in the years running up to the Olympics. Turner Prize winning artist Mark Wallinger is one of the best- known figures in the British art world. In 1999, to great acclaim, his work Ecce Homo was the first commission to occupy Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth and in 2001 he represented Britain at the Venice Biennale.
WHO IS THE LINE FOR?
The Line will be for everyone to enjoy: locals, Londoners, tourists, lovers, families, bird-watchers, cyclists, dog-walkers, plane-spotters, students, art-followers, ramblers and anyone else who enjoys an adventure...
HOW MANY SCULPTURES WILL THERE BE?
Ten works will be introduced to The Line this year.
A phased approach will ensure The Line is a dynamic outdoor exhibition. Additional works will be introduced in 2015. Works will be on loan for two years and The Line will become a permanent addition to London's cultural offering with new works introduced every year.
WILL THERE BE SECURITY IN PLACE TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THE SCULPTURES?
Yes. All works will be monitored on CCTV 24/7.
WILL SCULPTURES BE LIT AT NIGHT?
WILL THE LINE ASSIST WITH THE SALE OF ARTWORK?
The Line is not a commercial project so will not be involved in the sale of artwork.
HOW CAN LOCAL ARTISTS GET INVOLVED?
There are more artists per square metre living and working in East London, than anywhere else in the country! We want these artists to get involved with the project. In due course, we will be announcing details of a new commission that will be exclusively open to East London based artists.
HOW LONG WILL SCULPTURES BE ON THE LINE?
Selected sculptures will be exhibited for two years but The Line is an ongoing, permanent project with new works introduced every year.
WILL IT COST MONEY TO 'WALK THE LINE' AND SEE THE SCULPTURES?
The Line will be free of charge and open to all. There are three sections of the walk. North Greenwich and the Royal Docks are linked by the Emirates Air Line. The Royal Docks and Cody Dock are linked by a three-minute DLR journey.
HOW LONG IS THE LINE?
The Line is about three miles in length ‘as the crow flies’, however much of the walk is along the winding waterways so the walk itself is considerably longer than that and takes around three hours to complete. It will be possible for people to walk all of The Line in one go, or visit different sections of The Line on different days. There are underground and overground stations all along the route, so it will be easy for you to plan your day out.
WHICH STATIONS ARE CLOSE TO THE LINE?
North Greenwich, Canning Town, West Ham and Stratford (Jubilee Line)
Royal Victoria, Canning Town, Star Lane and Pudding Mill Lane (DLR)
Bromley-by-Bow (Hammersmith and City and District Line)
Stratford (Central Line and Mainline)
Stratford and Hackney Wick (Overground)
Emirates Air Line
How Long Will It Take To Get To The Line On Public Transport From Central London?
The Line is extremely accessible! To get from Waterloo to North Greenwich takes 11 minutes on the Jubilee Line. To get from Oxford Circus to Stratford takes 19 minutes on the Central Line.
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