Portobello Wall Public Art Project

Introduction

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: Submissions now open

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. 

To ensure that your submission meets all the required criteria, please refer to the briefing document here:

All applications must be sent to Arts@rbkc.gov.uk

Application deadline: Midnight Sunday 12 May 2019

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:

 

Phase one of Portobello Wall Art Project: backdrop fixed to the wall
Phase one of Portobello Wall Art ProjectPhoto by Anastasia Russa

2018 Commission: Connections

The 10th commission for the Portobello Wall Public Art Project was awarded to Anastasia Russa.

Anastasia completed the installation live on site, where she painted modern portraits over a stunning backdrop depicting historic scenes in North Kensington, which covers the entire 100m stretch of brick wall. See the Current Portobello Wall Art Project page for more information.

Visit Anastasia Russa's website for information about the artist.

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.

Outreach programme 

Details of outreach around the current installation will be shared via the Portobello Wall Facebook page

Leslie Palmer MBE, one of the founders of Notting Hill Carnival, in front of his portrait 2018. Photo by Anastasia Russa
Leslie Palmer MBE, one of the founders of Notting Hill Carnival, in front of his portrait 2018. Photo by Anastasia Russa
Juliette Russel in action, singer, musician and leader of Portobello Live Choir in North Kensington. Photo by Anastasia Russa
Juliette Russel in action, singer, musician and leader of Portobello Live Choir in North Kensington. Photo by Anastasia Russa
Piers Thompson, host of Portobello Radio with his portrait 2018. Photo by Anastasia Russa
Piers Thompson, host of Portobello Radio with his portrait 2018. Photo by Anastasia Russa

 

View the current 'Connections' commission by Anastasia Russa.

Follow the Portobello Wall Facebook page for updates.

Portobello Wall Art Project
Portobello Road market tradersPhoto by Anastasia Russa