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The Piccadilly Art Takeover

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21 July 2021 to 31 August 2021

The Piccadilly Art Takeover will be one of the largest art takeovers that London has ever seen and it will launch on Wednesday 21st July running until August 31st in the cultural district of Piccadilly. This gallery without walls will launch the Art of London Summer Season (a 3-month programme of activity celebrating art in every form across the West End) and is a unique partnership between the Royal Academy of Arts and Art of London.  

The area around Piccadilly will be transformed with 30 hanging flags and 13 pedestrian crossings, the most art crossings in one place ever in the UK. There will be regular takeovers of the 720 sqm Piccadilly Lights where audiences will be able to access and participate in a special ‘Augmented Reality’ 10-screen experience and audio sync via their mobile phones.

Five artists associated with the Royal Academy have been selected to bring original, bespoke and vibrant art to the global destination of Piccadilly Circus and its surrounding streets, including Michael Armitage, Vanessa Jackson RA, Isaac Julian CBE RA, Farshid Moussavi OBE RA and Yinka Shonibare CBE RA.

The colourful installations of this incredible art takeover will also form part of the Let’s Do London campaign, a £7m initiative launched by the Mayor of London, Visit London, Transport for London and the tourism industry.

You do not want to miss this!