When Britain voted to leave the EU in June this year, London was quick to reassure their support for the EU and, of course, the rest of the world. With the help of artist David Shrigley, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has launched a new underground campaign to show just how open the capital is to everyone.
The #LondonIsOpen campaign features work from David Shrigley and nine other artists that will be displayed in all 270 stations across the London Underground network through summer and autumn. The ten artists were commissioned by Transport for London’s contemporary art programme, Art On The Underground.
Brexit sparked lots of discussion about what the result could mean for Britain’s creative industries and Sadiq Khan has been vocal about his support for arts and culture in the UK. Last month, following the EU referendum, he appointed Justine Simons as deputy mayor for culture and creative industries.London currently inhabits more than 8 million people and has the largest immigrant population in the country. The capital is celebrated for its diversity so it’s no surprise that it was one of the regions that overwhelmingly voted Remain in the EU referendum.
The Brexit fallout has caused uncertainty and confusion throughout the country about the future of Britain. Whatever happens, #LondonIsOpen makes it crystal clear that this vibrant city will remain, as our Mayor puts it, “open for business, open to ideas, and open to the people from across the world who have chosen to live and work here.”
Photography Credit: Alexander Baxevanis & Michela Simoncini