The Portobello Wall Public Art Project is an annual public art commission for a stretch of brick wall linking two of the most vibrant and well known market areas in London: Portobello Road and Golborne Road. Since the introduction of this project in 2009, successful installations have created a visual link between these two unique markets, and attract over 1.3 million visitors each year.
This 100-metre long stretch of wall has proved an ideal setting to promote the work of local artists and encourage visitors to continue their journeys further up Portobello Road to the vibrant Golborne area.
2019 Commission: Rhythm and Sound submissions are now closed
This is the twelfth commission for the Portobello Wall Art Project, with the following theme: Rhythm and Sound. From the dance-steps and steel-pan beats of Notting Hill Carnival to the bustle and banter of Portobello and Golborne Road markets; from momentous performances at the Tabernacle to the original Rough Trade Record shop; Rhythm and Sound is woven into the rich cultural heritage, identity and place of North Kensington. We are looking for an engaging art installation that creatively interprets the theme, drawing inspiration from the distinctive and diverse nature of the area.
The winning commission will be unveiled later this Summer - follow us on @RBKCCulture and stay updated.
Ten years of the Wall
The Portobello Wall Public Art Project was initiated in 2009, and in the ten years since the 100m stretch of brick wall has hosted vibrant installations responding to a set theme each year. The installations are a talking point amongst stall holders and visitors to both the Portobello and Golborne Road Markets, and add to the eclectic feel of the area. The Golborne Forum has supported the Portobello Wall Art project for since 2012; taking part in the selection, listening to pitches by a succession of diverse artists, and helping with broadening the reach of the commission.
Find out more about the history of the project:
2018 Commission: Connections
Commission Theme 2018To mark the 10th Anniversary of the Portobello Wall Public Art project, proposals are invited that respond to the following theme: Connections. Connections to the borough’s past, present and future; connections to cultures and communities; connections technological and topographical. We are looking for an engaging art installation that celebrates both the physical and intangible cultural that define the distinctive and diverse nature of the area.
North Kensington is characterised by its connections: from the Regent’s Canal of the early nineteenth century, to the Great Western Railway linking London with the south-west. From the Westway flyover, completed in 1970, to today’s modern digital communications.
Details of outreach around the current installation will be shared via the Portobello Wall Facebook page.
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