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UP Projects

UP Projects curates, commissions and produces contemporary art that explores heritage, identity and place, engaging citizens of London, the UK and across the globe. We believe that art can empower communities and enrich the public sphere. We work with artists to extend their practice, challenge convention and make space for discussion. We believe in working collaboratively with others to do this.

Based in London, we are interested in exploring the city’s global position, its relationship to the rest of the world and how to live and work within, as well as outside of, a place that throws up both opportunities and challenges for its people.

Since 2002, UP Projects has provided ambitious opportunities for artists to produce inspiring new work for public spaces ranging from parks, green spaces and waterways to civic squares, urban developments and areas of regeneration. We are committed to developing creative ways to transform communities and empower people to access their cultural entitlement through participatory interventions, educational programmes and inclusive events.

Our work is underpinned by our belief in three core values; that artists should be given the freedom, resources and support necessary to be able achieve the most ambitious and best work that they can for new and unexpected contexts; that the broadest possible audience, regardless of geography, age or background should have the opportunity to experience and participate in high quality contemporary art; and that artists’ interventions, whether permanent or ephemeral, should be responsive and sensitive to the places that we work within and of significant value to the communities we partner with, leaving a positive and memorable legacy.

These values, backed up by our extensive knowledge of and contribution to policy, our live research, our creative approach to community consultation and engagement, and our extensive commissioning experience also inform the cultural strategies and project delivery that we undertake on the behalf of a broad range of clients and partners.

Since 2012, UP Projects has been the only public art organisation in London to be awarded National Portfolio funding from the Arts Council England.

Emma Underhill, Director

Helen Nisbet, Senior Curator

Anna Ramsay, Curator of Learning

Celia Turley, Floating Cinema Project Producer

Holly Shuttleworth, Projects Assistant

Simon Cummin, Venue and Production Manager

Gerry Jones, Floating Cinema Skipper

Foundation For Future London

Foundation For Future London The Foundation for FutureLondon is the Olympicopolis charity, realising the ambition of a new cultural and university district on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Incorporating Sadler’s Wells, University of the Arts London, University College London and the Victoria and Albert Museum, the scheme is expected to deliver £2.8 billion of economic value to Stratford and the surrounding area. The Legacy List has merged with the Foundation for FutureLondon, which will deliver a programme for the advancement of art, culture, education, heritage and science in east London.

Canal & River Trust

Canal & River Trust has a partnership with Arts Council England to deliver a pilot Contemporary Arts on the Waterways Programme in 2012 and 2013 which will encourage more people to experience the work of leading artists and be inspired by the arts, a key goal of the Art Council’s 10-year plan for the arts, Achieving Great Art for Everyone, and to find new and creative ways to attract people to visit and support its canals and rivers. The Trust is the new charity set up to care for England & Wales' wonderful legacy of 200-year-old waterways, holding them in trust for the nation forever. The Trust is among the UK’s biggest charities, with responsibility for 2,000 miles of canals, rivers, docks and reservoirs, along with museums, archives and the country’s third largest collection of protected historic buildings.


Somewhere are multi-disciplinary art organisation, founded by artists and film makers Karen Guthrie and Nina Pope. They produce ambitious, innovative projects including films, digital media, live events and public art. Their aim is to enrich the public realm with creative ideas and action. Recent work includes 'Jaywick Escapes', their third feature film, and What Will the Harvest Be?, a public garden near to the Olympic Park. Since the Floating Cinema Projects’ inception in 2011, they have engaged with canal side communities to define a 'human blueprint' of the waterways, and have created an appealing and diverse programme of activities for the summer as well as actively creating and commissioning new work. The Floating Cinema programme was developed in partnership with Somewhere from 2011-2015.

Duggan Morris Architects

Duggan Morris Architects have been established for 8 years, during which time they have received several RIBA Awards and the prestigious Manser Medal. 2012 represents a transitional phase for the practice, moving into a number of new sectors including higher education, public and arts based projects, conservation and renovation as well as continuing successful work in private housing, public housing and regeneration and commercial sector projects. For more information about their Floating Cinema Design visit BOAT page.

The Useful Arts Organisation

The Useful Arts style, design, program, build, manage & find solutions for media, internet, installations, exhibitions, performances and people. the useful arts (also called technics) are concerned with the skills and methods of practical subjects such as manufacture and craftsmanship. It has now gone out of fashion, but was coined in Victorian times as a mirror of the performing arts and the fine arts. the useful arts was founded by Dorian Fraser Moore in 2008 to gather together his portfolio and provide a framework for his expanding practise.