London streets undergo striking makeover with art speckled across city

Even though London may be a hub of entertainment, it is still a concrete jungle of tube stations, compact housing, and a high-rise skyline.

Though the UK’s capital is currently undergoing a makeover.

Thanks to the leading art institution Tate, they have hijacked various locations across the city and covered their billboards with work by up-and-coming artists all aged 16-25.

From Camden to Hackney and Lambeth to Southwark, the rising stars are now being showcased to help them establish themselves in the creative industries.

[Credit: Urja Gauri Jain, ‘Ophelia, in the midst of a pandemic’]
[Credit: Sir John Everett Millais, ‘Ophelia’, 1851-2/Tate]

The Tate team invited aspiring artists to apply for a permanent collection in one of their galleries, with a whopping 800 people applying.

Of those hundreds of applications, a panel of judges whittled them down to the best 48.

The public will now be invited to view the winners’ work, hanging alongside the art that inspired them, from Monday onwards for a fortnight.

[Credit: Rosie Davis, ‘Masked’/Tate]
[Credit: Wassily Kandinsky, ‘Swinging’, 1925/Tate]

Speaking about the initiative, artist Urja Jain said: “As a young creative and someone who graduated through a global pandemic, I am very proud and excited for this opportunity to showcase my work across London.

“While the current pandemic has thrown our lives into disarray and chaos, uncertainty and disappointment have become a part of our daily routine.

“But unlike Ophelia, who drowned in despair, this is an ode to the class of 2020, as we all try our best to stay afloat while the current pulls us down.”

Urja’s work, inspired by Sir John Everett Millais’ painting Ophelia dating back to 1851, mimics his depiction of a girl in a lake this time complete with trainers and face mask.

Catch the art from August 10-23 at the following locations:

Royal College Street, Camden
130 Stoke Newington High Street, Hackney
Seven Sisters tube, Haringey
Finsbury Park tube/Wells Terrace, Islington
Brixton Academy, Lambeth
Peckham High Street, Southwark
Lloyd Park/William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow