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Art on the Underground

13 February 2020

Year 10 artists have been studying an acclaimed artist’s re-imagination of the London Underground roundel, as part of an exciting workshop.

For Art on the Underground, celebrated British-Ghanaian artist, Larry Achiampong, has re-designed the classic London Underground symbol to include African diaspora identities. From this, he has created eight different iterations to be applied around Westminster Underground station.

After viewing an Achiampong installation at the London Underground station, pupils returned to our School for a workshop to create their own poster designs, based on the artist's work. One of these designs will be chosen by Art on the Underground staff to be produced and placed in Westminster Underground station, opposite Achiampong's own work.

Ms Chance, Head of Art at Westminster City School, said: “Many thanks must go to the amazing London artist, Shepherd Manyika, for delivering such an informative and inspiring workshop, and to the fantastic photographer, Benedict Johnson, who accompanied us.

“We'd also like to thank Ms Harvey, our PGCE student. Despite having recently completed her placement at our School, Ms Harvey gave up her time to make this workshop possible. Final thanks must go to Art on the Underground staff for their generous and tireless work in organising, delivering and resourcing our workshop.”

London's Underground roundel is an internationally recognised symbol, with the red, white and blue signs used at all tube stations and adapted forms on buses and trains. Achiampong’s designs replace the traditional colours with a palette of green, black, red and gold to symbolise Africa, “the land, people, struggles and prosperity.”

Photo credit: Benedict Johnson.

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