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Sounds of the City

19 May to 3 September 2017

Lyrics and languages, hubbub and stillness, heritage and science have all inspired 100 illustrators to product a collection of striking artwork that reflect their relationship with sound in our diverse and multi-layered cities.

Themes include wildlife, nightlife, music, markets, transport and sport.  Visitors will enjoy illustrations that visually interpret the sounds we hear about us day and night – from the common to the curious, to a recognisable street and cityscape through to visual soundscapes of buzzing colour.

The one hundred works were chosen from over two thousand competition entries for the prestigious Prize for Illustration. The competition is open to illustrators and students of illustration throughout the world.  The Prize for Illustration is organised in partnership with The Association of Illustrators. www.theaoi.com

The 100 Sounds of the City works on display [2.4 MB PDF]

Exhibition admission is included in daytime Museum entry ticket.


See our range of associated Sound of the city events, including our Sounds of the City Friday Late on 19 May, the evening of the exhibition opening.

The Prize for Illustration is in partnership with The Association of Illustrators.

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Poster Girls 
A century of art and design
Opening 13 October 2017 

Girl power comes to Covent Garden when Poster Girls - a major new exhibition about 20th and 21st century female graphic artists opens at the Museum in the autumn of 2017.

Poster Girls will highlight some of the key female artists who have designed for London Transport and Transport for London including Dora Batty, Herry Perry, Laura Knight, Anna Zinkeisen, Margaret Calkin James and Freda Lingstrom. The artists and featured work will be examined and contextualised by both the era in which they lived and worked and their style, looking at influences both from within the design community and from the wider world. 

As well as stunning original posters from London Transport Museum’s collection, Poster Girls will include accompanying material such as letters, ceramics, photographs and original artworks.

Join us for the opening night of the exhibition at our Friday Late on 13 October at 19:00.