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Who we are

The Line is an ambitious public art project in East London that connects Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and The O2, following the waterways and the line of the Greenwich Meridian. Our mission is to connect communities and inspire individuals through a dynamic outdoor exhibition programme where everyone can explore art, nature and heritage for free.

We focus on collaborative engagement projects that support wellbeing and learning, as well as providing opportunities for young people to develop skills and improve employability.

At The Line, we value an open, inclusive and nurturing environment to promote collaboration, creativity and wellbeing. We aim to listen and learn from the people it connects with, including visitors and programme participants.

The Line believes in the transformative impact of art and nature, and we are committed to increasing access to the arts through our programmes and challenging barriers to participation.

The Line is a registered charity (no. 1190073 / company limited by guarantee no. 12392898).

 

History

The Line was co-founded in 2015 by its Director, Megan Piper, and the late regeneration expert Clive Dutton OBE (1953-2015) whose life’s work was rooted in a commitment to improving the quality of life for people in urban environments. The project was established to democratise access to art by introducing sculptures that were previously hidden from public view into the public realm for audiences to experience for free. Collaboration with local stakeholders and grassroots organisations were key to the development of The Line and continue to be fundamental to its success.

Initiated through a Spacehive crowdfunding campaign, which raised over £140,000 in less than eight weeks in 2014, The Line went from being the seed of an idea to opening to the public in just 18 months. In May 2015, The Line unveiled monumental sculptures along the footpaths of East London’s waterways. The inaugural loans, which included Eduardo Paolozzi, Abigail Fallis and Thomas J Price, came through an open submission and were selected by a panel that included Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger and Simon Myers, local resident and founder of Cody Dock. Alongside loaned artworks, The Line also highlights a number of pre-existing works along the route, including Antony Gormley’s Quantum Cloud, Richard Wilson’s A Slice of Reality and Anish Kapoor’s ArcelorMittal Orbit.

In 2020, The Line celebrated its fifth anniversary with the extension of its route into Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, its first site-specific commission and the launch of its digital guide with Bloomberg Connects, the free arts and culture app. In 2022, The Line expanded both its team and board of trustees and launched three new site-specific commissions, which were complimented by a wide-ranging multi-disciplinary engagement programme.

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Alan Moses
Dasha Shenkman OBE
Esfandi Charitable Foundation
Isabelle Georgeaux
Joe and Marie Donnelly
Longrow Capital
Louis Elson
Martin Reith
Patrick Healy
Shannon de Boissard
The Remet Co Ltd
Tony Elliott (1947-2020)

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Founding Patrons

Bloomberg Philanthropies
Christian Levett
Clive Gillmore
Darren Rennick
EcoWorld Ballymore
Frédéric de Mevius
Garfield Weston Foundation
International Quarter London, a partnership of Lendlease and LCR
James Mayor
Liberty Specialty Markets
Nicola Stephenson
Oak Foundation
R. Todd Ruppert
The Richard Rogers Charitable Settlement
The Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Charitable Foundation
The Michael Davies Charitable Settlement
Those who wish to remain anonymous
Tony Hales

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AKTII
BuroFour
Cundall
Endpoint
Essex Services Group Plc
Farrer & Co
Hogbens Dunphy
iFacility
iGuzzini
Mission
Mtec
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Soiltechnics
Space Syntax
Speirs + Major
Taylor Pearce
The Beautiful Meme

Participating Galleries
(past and present)

Blain/Southern
Carroll/Fletcher
Copperfield
Gagosian Gallery
Galerie Polaris, Paris
Gallery 1957
Hannah Barry Gallery
Hauser & Wirth
Kate MacGarry
Maureen Paley
Modern Art
Pangolin London
Simchowitz
White Cube
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