Portobello Wall Public Art Project


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.

Find out more about the history of the project:

Portobello Road North Wall

Portobello Road North Wall - Public art installation / street gallery

View the current installation: Hollywood W10/W11 Portobello Film Psychogeography.

2018/2019 Commission:

We are delighted to announce the theme for the next Portobello Road Public Art Project commission

The deadline for application is 12 noon on Friday 22 June 2018. Please read below for full details of the application process. 

Commission ThemeTo 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.

Essential DetailsYour proposal must address the following six key elements:

  1. An original piece of work, responding to the theme as a unified composition
  2. Striking and impactful to locals and visitors alike
  3. Site specific
  4. Inspired by the local area
  5. Suitable for an outdoor site
  6. Temporary

Technical SpecificationWe recommend that artists make a site visit prior to submitting their proposal to ensure it is achievable and meets the specification.

  • The wall is approximately 100 metres in length, with a bend towards the northern end.
  • Artwork can be up to approximately 2m in height.
  • Proposals can utilise the full height and length of the wall, including both sides of the bend.
  • Artwork must be weather proof, suitable for its setting and include anti-graffiti and anti-vandalism measures.
Portobello Road North Wall
Portobello Road North Wall

Professional Requirements: As the commission includes responsibility for both installation and de-installation of the artwork, all artists are required to hold their own valid Public Liability Insurance throughout the duration of the project.

Outreach programmeProposals should include ideas for potential outreach events complementing the installation - such as artists’ talks or tours, school workshops, in situ and in other locations in the vicinity – and make reference to prospective partner organisations. There is a requirement for at least two activities throughout the duration of the project.

BudgetThe budget for the commission is £11,000 inclusive of all artists’ fees, materials, labour and outreach programme costs.

The artist has responsibility for both installation and de-installation of the artwork.

Final payment of £1,000 will be made upon satisfactory de-installation.


Friday 22 June 2018 Deadline for submissions
w/o 9 July 2018 Commission selection by Steering Group
By Friday 13 July 2018 Agreement to commissioned artist
16 July to 21 September 2018 Commission development, production and installation
w/o 23 July 2018 Public announcement of 2018 commission
w/o 24 September 2018 Launch of new installation

How to ApplyPlease submit your proposal to the Arts Service by emailing arts@rbkc.gov.uk.

Deadline: 12 noon on Friday 22 June 2018.

Submissions must meet the objectives of the brief and comply to the following:

  • A proposal outline of your project, how it meets the objectives of the commission and its outreach programme (maximum 500 words)
  • Your CV (maximum length one double-side of A4)
  • Six hi-res images of your work presented in a single document format.
  • A detailed budget showing breakdown of fees, materials, labour, outreach programming, installation and de-installation.
  • Confirmation that you are able to deliver the project between the commissioning date of 16 July 2018 and the installation deadline of 21 September 2018
  • Confirmation that you will seek approval from the copyright holder for any copyright material that you plan to integrate into the project e.g. film stills.

If you have any questions about the Portobello Road Wall Project or your application, please contact the Arts Service at arts@rbkc.gov.uk or on 020 7361 3844.

What Happens Next?Proposals are reviewed by the Portobello Road Public Art Project Commissioning Panel that includes representatives from the local community and is administrated by the Council’s Arts Service. The Service will advise all applicants on the panel decision but, given the high volume of submissions, we cannot provide individual feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

Data ProtectionThe personal information you provide in your submission will only be used by the Arts Service Team for the purpose of assessing your proposal for commissioning, and to communicate with yourself regarding your submission. We will only share your data with the Portobello Road Art Installation Commissioning Panel for the purpose of assessing your proposal.

If we intend to use your information for any other purpose, we will normally ask you first. In some cases, the Council may use your information for another purpose if it has a legal duty to do so, to provide a complete service to you, or if there is a risk of serious harm or threat to life. The Council will retain your information in accordance with our retention schedule and it will be held securely.

If you have any questions regarding your Data Protection rights, such as accessing your personal information, or if you have a concern over the handling of your information, please email the dataprotection@rbkc.gov.uk.

Please also ensure to notify us immediately if there are any changes in your circumstances and personal details in order for us to maintain an accurate and up to date record of your information.

Portobello Wall Connections Commission [PDF] (file size 158.22 KB)

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