Wednesday, 16 October 2013


I have been looking into ways I can gather a variety of research.  I came across two events that I think could massively help and extend my research:

I feel the Poster Art exhibition will give me a first hand look into the art and design of the tube over the 150 years.  I could use some of these images to refer to as sources when writing my dissertation and seeing them first hand at an exhibition means I have the opportunity to look at designs that may not be available online.

I think the talk, Frank Picks London will be most beneficial in my research as this seems perfect for all the areas I want to touch on.  It touches heavily on the impact of Pick's design, London as a city and the underground.

Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs

Until 27 October 2013
Entry to the exhibition is included in price of admission.

Since its first graphic poster commission in 1908, London Underground has developed a worldwide reputation for commissioning outstanding poster designs, becoming a pioneering patron of poster art - a legacy that continues today. Our new blockbuster exhibition Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs, will showcase 150 of the greatest Underground posters ever produced. Supported by Siemens, and forming part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the London Underground, the exhibition will feature posters by many famous artists including Edward McKnight Kauffer and Paul Nash, and designs from each decade over the last 100 years. The posters were selected from the Museum’s archive of over 3,300 Underground posters by a panel of experts; the 150 that will appear in the exhibition show the range and depth of the Museum’s collection.

Poster Art 150 is a fitting exhibition to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the world’s first underground railway, as the last major Underground poster retrospective was held in 1963 to celebrate the centenary of the Underground. Well-known posters, including the surrealist photographer Man Ray’s ‘Keeps London Going’ pair, will feature alongside lesser-known gems. The exhibition will also offer a rare opportunity to view letter-press posters from the late nineteenth century.

The Exhibition Themes

Finding your way includes Underground maps and etiquette posters. It also includes posters carrying messages to reassure passengers by showing them what the Underground is like. Brightest London celebrates nights out and sporting events, showing the brightest side of London. Capital culture is about cultural encounters, be these at the zoo or galleries and museums. Away from it all looks at the way London Underground used posters to encourage people to escape, to the country, the suburbs and enjoy other leisure pursuits.Keeps London going features posters about how the Underground has kept London on the move through its reliability, speed and improvements in technology. Love your city shows the best of London’s landmarks as featured in Underground posters over the years.

Talk: Frank Pick’s London

Date: Monday 4 November 2013
Time: 18.30-20.00
Frank Pick changed the face of London in the twentieth century through innovative design.. Described by architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner as ‘the greatest patron of the arts whom this century has produced in England’, he was managing director of the Underground in the 1920s and the first chief executive of London Transport from 1933-40. Pick’s passion was for good applied design in everything from posters and graphics to station architecture, from bus engineering to tube trains, giving London the best public transport system in the world.

Oliver Green is London Transport Museum’s former Head Curator and now its Research Fellow. In this talk he will be introducing his new book Frank Pick’s London: art, design and the modern city, published by the Victoria & Albert Museum in association with London Transport Museum. The book will be available at the event for purchase and signing.
Tickets£10 adult (£8 concession)

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