Past Exhibitions

Mind the Map: Inspiring art, design and cartography

18 May - 28 October 2012
Mind the Map: inspiring art, design and cartography will draws on the Museum’s outstanding map collection to explore the themes of journeys, identity and publicity. The exhibition is the largest of its kind and includes previously unseen historic material and exciting new artworks by leading artists including Simon Patterson, Stephen Walter, Susan Stockwell, Jeremy Wood, Claire Brewster, and Agnes Poitevin-Navarre.

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The Serco Prize for Illustration 2012

13 November - 10 December 2012
Secret London, an exhibition featuring the best of the entries for The Serco Prize for Illustration, opens at London Transport Museum on 13 November 2012. This year’s theme is Secret London and there will be 50 works of art on display, each showing a hidden aspect of the city.

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Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs

Until 5 January 2014

London Transport Museum’s blockbuster exhibition Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs, closes on Sunday 5 January 2014. Supported by Siemens it showcases 150 of the greatest Underground posters ever produced and features works by many famous artists including Edward McKnight Kauffer and Paul Nash, and designs from every decade over the last 100 years.

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The Serco Prize for Illustration 2014 – London Stories

Exhibition opens Friday 14 February 2014

Across the ages, London has produced and inspired countless stories. Fictitious and real characters and events in this amazing city have always held fascination, from anecdotal urban myths to grand tales of historic legend.

London Stories, an exhibition featuring the best of the entries for The Serco Prize for Illustration 2014 features 50 works of art.

Entrants were asked to create an illustration which visually captures a well-known or obscure London narrative; stories that are contemporary or historical, real or imagined.

The shortlisted illustrations celebrate a vibrant, multi-layered London – urban myths, historic events, remarkable characters and London’s animal population. From ghost buses, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show of 1887 and Lenin’s ‘love letter to London’ to a Pearly King and Queen, and an escaped Monkey jazz band. Other entries depict the ravens and the white bear of the Tower of London, Tin Pan Alley as well as literary and musical references such as The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Girl from Petrovka, Mary Poppins, Sweeney Todd and Oranges and Lemons. For the first time the exhibition will feature five short animated films. From the rise and fall of high rise tower blocks, LDN Flying machine to the animated video about “Our Town”.


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The Serco Prize tor Illustration continues Transport for London's legacy of design that dates back over 100 years. The Museum's collection of graphic art is one
of the best in the world and includes over 5.000 posters and artworks by famous artists including Man Ray, Paul Nash and Edward McKnight Kauffer.

This is the fourth year that Serco, who operate the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme and Docklands Light Railway, has supported the competition. Both these transport modes provide an opportunity to discover some of the Capital's most famous stories and for new ones to be created.

The Association of Illustrators (AOI) is a non-profit trade association with a membership that includes freelance illustrators, agents, clients, students and colleges. Established in 1973, it is the only organisation to represent illustrators and campaign for their rights in the UK and has successfully increased the reputation of illustration as a profession as well as improved the commercial and ethical conditions of employment.

Sense and the City: smart, connected and on the move

Until Sunday 18 March 2012
Always on your smart phone, or still asking a policeman? Sense and the City: smart, connected and on the move, which runs until 18 March 2012, explores how emerging technologies are changing the way we access and experience London and compares this with past visions of the future.

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