Launch of Turning Tree


As part of Secret Garden Project Lewisham, artist Henry Krokatsis has created a new permanent sculpture, for Ladywell Fields.

Join us on Saturday 16th May, 1pm,  to celebrate the launch of Turning Tree.

Krokatsis will introduce the piece and free refreshments will be served. For moreinformation and bookings please contact Bethan Johnson on bethan@upprojects.com or 0207 377 9677

The launch will be held at Ladywell Fields, near the Adenmore Road entrance to the park. 


Become a Floating Cinema Ambassador


Throughout our 2015 summer tour to Bristol & Back we will be recruiting local people to get involved as ‘Tour Ambassadors’. The ambassadors will be a valuable source of local information and will help us with marketing, setting-up and running events, meeting audiences, working with artists, supporting workshops and evaluation. Training and expenses are provided.

Find out more about becoming a Volunteer Tour Ambassad and download the application pack, click here.


Join UP Projects


Marketing Manger

Temporary contract, part time (freelance)

May - September 2015

Working closely with the Project Curator and Creative Producer, this new role will play a key part in raising UP Projects' profile and supporting the orgnaistion to successfully achieve audiences and press targets across its summer 2015 programme- including delivering The Floating Cinemas marketing strategy, for both the On Tour and London Programme. 


Download Job Description 


Fee: £27,000 (pro rota)
To apply: CV and cover letter 

Deadline: 6th May, 9am to laura@upprojects.com


Join the team!


Freelance Project Manager: Art in the public realm commissions


We are seeking an outstanding individual who will play a major role in delivering UP Projects' cultural strategies and artist commissions, working with a range of partners. This part time, freelance role is demanding, challenging and offers the successful candidate an opportunity to manage and deliver high profile, complex commissions in the public realm, working closely with a range of established and emerging artists, as well as research and writing cultural strategies for private and public sector clients. 


For further information and how to apply, please click here 


Deadline:10am, Monday 16th March 2015


Secret gig aboard the Floating Cinema


Today the Floating Cinema hosted Brighton based punk band, Gnarwolves at Camden Lock, to perform a secret gig for Dr Martins campaign #standforsomething. 

We are now offering bespoke birthday packages aboard the Floating Cinema! Departing from Hackney Wick, Kings Cross or Little Venice you can enjoy a canal cruise with private dining, films, popcorn and cocktails. Watch a favourite film classic, blockbuster or even share some archive family footage in our cinema auditorium with 5.1 surround sound. Contact hires@upprojects.com or Alex on 0203779677 for further information. 


Join our team!


Floating Cinema Tour Manager

Full time - March to September 2015

Salary £27,000 per annum, pro-rata


The Floating Cinema is a mobile multifunctional art space, bringing an innovative programme of film screenings, participatory events, workshops and talks to unexpected locations across the canals and waterways of London and this year, further afield! 

This exciting role will work closely with the project team, including the Project Curator, Education and Participation Producer and guest co-curators Somewhere (artists Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie) on the management and delivery of the Floating Cinema programme for 2015 - which includes a tour to Bristol and a London focused programme. 


For further infomation and how to apply, please click here 


Deadline:10am, Monday 2nd March 2015



The People’s Forest at Waltham Abbey Market


Our project with Ruth Beale, which explores Epping Forest, continues this week with an event at Waltham Abby Market on Saturday 14th February. Join us from 10.00am- 3.00pm for free refreshments and activities which ask what forests mean to you. 

Further information and directions to Waltham Abby Market here. 


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Curator talk


Our Project Curator, Laura Harford, is giving a talk to the students of Wimbledon College of Arts this afternoon. Exploring some of our past projects, Laura will offer an insight into UP's method of working; from seeking funding, commissioning artists and brokering new partnerships. 



Folk club pub quiz


As part of The People's Forestartist Ruth Beale, will be hosting a themed quiz at Loughton Folk Club. There will be prized and even a spot of winter wassaling! 

Join us on Thursday 5th February, 7.30 - 10.00pm and test your knowledge.

Further information and directions to Loughton Folk Club here.  


New project launched


We are pleased to launch a brand new project working with artist Ruth Beale, in Epping Forest. This project will explore our current conception of public space or 'the commons' and how this relates to Epping Forest through the rights enshrined in the Epping Forest Act. Read more about the project here. 


Floating Cinema team take a trip


Our Floating Cinema team are out and about along the Kennet and Avon canal this week, scouting for possible locations for our summer tour! 

Keep your eyes pealed for more information coming soon. 


Bio fuel Pioneers


Watch a short film about our Floating Cinema Education Project here. 

Working with science and art collective, Guerilla Science, the Floating Cinema education programme delivered a six-week project with Year 7 pupils from St Paul's Way Trust School. Taking inspiration from the Floating Cinema's hybrid engine, the project explored how biofuels can be produced and the wider implications for sustainability. Pupils looked at ways in which energy is created by planting energy gardens, building bioreactors and making vegetable batteries. 


Find us on Instagram


The Floating Cinema has joined instagram! Follow us to see all the behind the scenes photos as we begin to plan the route for our summer tour. 

Click here 


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Floating Cinema Fun Palaces launches October 4th 2014 in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park!


Forming part of the Fun Palaces initiative, The Floating Cinema will be transformed into a laboratory of digital happenings with the body as its subject. Led by artist group Super/Collider and curated by Floating Cinema volunteers, voice and movement become intertwined with colour and image.

Exploring the territory where science meets art, digital technology takes the human body on a journey of discovery into brand new dimensions through interactive workshops and drop-in activities; Dario Villaneuva will use voice recognition technology to create a visualisation of the human voice while Carl Guyenette eplores digital movement mapping through Kinect motion sensors. Sam Battle's Tactile Theremin transforms the human body into a musical instrument using our own electrical pulses and Rachel McGivern's drop-in activity explores analogue technology with a home-made drawing machine.

Tickets are free although booking is essential. This can be done via: www.floatingcinema.info

The Floating Cinema Fun Palace is curated and produced by the Floating Cinema 2014 Volunteers. The Floating Cinema is an UP Projects production supported by The Legacy List, the charity of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.


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Secret Garden Project Lewisham


On Saturday 20th September join us for a day of FREE creative workshops, tours and talks that celebrate these unique green spaces.  All activities are connected by the Waterlink Way, a cycle and footpath that follows the rivers which rarely touches roads or built up areas.

Please find below event details for Saturday 20th September. For further information and to reserve a place please contact bethan@upprojects.com

Download event map and programme 


The Fish Hotel is on its way up in Cornmill Gardens!


Working in collaboration with The Klassnik Corporation, the building processes of the latest Secret Garden Project have begun to take hold in Lewisham!


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BBC London Radio!


Anna and Alex are on BBC London Radio this afternoon, talking all things Floating Cinema with Robery Elms ahead of his floating tour this weekend!

Listen here from 1.10 -1.30pm http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/bbc_london


Contra Band Tickets released


On Saturday 26th July artist Leah Lovett will be joined by writer Julia Farrington, from Index on Censorship for a discussion examining issues of cultural censorship within Brazil, explored in Lovett's new live performance Contra Band for the Floating Cinema.

Tickets FREE. Bookings and further info here



NPO Success


UP Projects are delighted to announce that we were successful in our bid to Arts Council England and have been awarded a further three years of funding as a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO)! 

We are extremely grateful to Arts Council England for their ongoing support and endorsement of our work, which will enable us to continue commissioning and producing ambitious artist-led projects in the public realm.


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Floating Cinema 2014 programme launched!


Tickets for the Floating Cinema summer programme are now live! With over 40 events across the summer, highlights include Open Air Weekenders, a floating tour of London with broadcaster Robert Elms, a tour with street food journalist Richard Johnson, a panel discussion on 'Vertical Living' as part of London Festival of Architecture and 'Dusk Tours'.

Visit the Floating Cinema website for bookings. Click here. 


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OPPORTUNITIES: HEAD OF Development: UP Projects


UP Projects is a non-profit Public Art organisation, curating bold, independent programmes, projects and commissions in the public realm.

This key role will work closely with the Director and Board of Trustees on strategic planning and the organisational development of UP Projects. The successful applicant will play an important role in business development including fundraising and managing relationships with key stakeholders, alongside deputising for the Director as required.

Four days a week, occasional weekend and evening working
Approximate salary range: £35,000 (pro rata)
Application Deadline: 21 May 2014, 9am
Interview: 3 June 2014

Click here to download job description.

UP Projects is committed to Equal Opportunities. 


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Launched - LADA commission for the Floating Cinema



Today sees the launch of the third year of our Floating Cinema Live Art Commission, in collaboration with the Live Art Development Agency!

With tailored artist led mentoring sessions, feedback from invited representatives from the sector, and inclusive budget of £2,500 this is an excellent opportunity for an emerging artist! 

For more information and details on how to apply, click here


Download Close and Remotes App


Here Comes Everybody, is a locative artwork and story developed by Close and Remote. You can listen to the story at home as a MP3 or experience it as a GPS enabled tour, set along the banks of the River Pool in Lewisham.

Inspired by James Joyce's novel Finnegans Wake, the story intertwines multiple narratives which drift between contemporary references and fanciful landscapes. Offering commentary on user generated surveillance, this interactive tour utilizes the soundscape of the park to create moments of serendipity; where the physical present is mirrored by this virtual world. 

References in the story include Boris Johnson, who recently fell in the river while aiding a community cleanup, the National Security Agencies, Jeremy Bentham, Giambattista Vico and Enid Blyton.

Download the app for free from both ITunes and Google Play 


Save the date


Saturday 25th January, 12 noon

Close&Remote will be launching a new audio tour and interactive digital experience,delivered directly to your smartphone as a mobile app.

Set along the banks of the River Pool and triggered by your location, this atmospheric audio tour leads you around Riverpool Linear Park. Inspired by James Joyce's novel Finnegans Wake, the story intertwines multiple narratives which drift between contemporary references and fanciful landscapes. Offering commentary on user generated surveillance, this interactive tour utilizes the soundscape of the park to create moments of serendipity; where the physical present is mirrored by this virtual world. 

The register your interest in attending the launch please email bethan@upprojects.com


End of the Apocalypse...


Welcome to Happy Redoubt will open its doors for the final time on the Sunday 15th December, but there is still time to visit the marketplace and take part in the post-apocalyptic programme of events and workshops.

Cardboard Wars, Saturday 7th December, 2 -4 pm
The market place will host Cardboard Wars, a workshop for all ages where artists Juneau Projects will help you build your own suit of cardboard armour, complete with swords and shields before the cardboard battle commences.

Particigeddon: Happy Redoubt Finale Event, Saturday 14th December, 2- 4 pm
In the Happy Redoubt Particigeddon variety show you can take part in robot themed workshops, compete in the popular sport of robot racing and take away some Happy Redoubt bargains from the ‘end of exhibition’ sale in the marketplace. 


New commission with Juneau Projects opens!


This winter Juneau Projects have transformed Inigo Rooms at Kings Cultural Institute into a Post-Apocalypic Market Place; which offers space for the exchange of ideas, new approaches to learning and an experimental ground for the framing of research.

For further information and visiting details please visit here


Launch night!


Hundreds turned out for the launch of the Floating Cinema last night at Crate. For more photos and to find out how you can join us aboard the boat , please visit  floatincinema.info


The Floating Cinema...


...has made it to Limehouse! 

The countdown continues, with the launch only in two days!

Full programme and booking details available at : 



The Floating Cinema returns to London !


The Floating Cinema took to the water for the first time this week!

Watch an exclusive time lapse video of the build, charting our journey to date, via the Telegraph website here 

We were also in the Metro ...read more here


Tickets now on sale!


Floating Cinema tickets are now on sale! Come join us on Londons waterways this summer, with an extra ordinary series of events, talks and outdoor screenings.

 For further details and how to book your seat please visit the Floating Cinema website here


New opportunity to join UP


Programme and Events Internship

This summer will see UP Projects deliver a range of high profile commissions across London, including the re-launch of the Floating Cinema, and an exploration of Lewishams hidden green spaces.

With the summer only around the corner, UP Projects is offering an exciting opportunity for a Programme and Events Intern to join our small but ambitious team; to get stuck in and help us deliver this vibrant programme!

We are looking for a highly motivated individual, seeking hands on experience of contemporary arts commissioning; that is able to work in a lively environment, across multi-disciplinary projects, who poses excellent organisational and communication skills, and who approaches tasks in a flexible manner. Applications should have a passion for contemporary culture and desire to explore the City!


This is a six month internship, two days a week, with the possibility of additional evening and weekend work.

UP Projects will provide travel (within London) and lunch expenses.

For full information and how to apply please contact bethan@upprojects.com Deadline for applications 29th May, 10am.



Pump House Gallery Workshop


On Sunday 12th May, UP Projects will be hosting a childrens workshop with the Pump House Gallery. This interactive whopshop will empower children to become Guardains of thier local green space through exlporing and obseving the nature around them. Activities include a miro hike of discovery and meet a tree! 

12.00noon - 1.30pm and 2pm-3.30pm

Booking essential- please email bethan@upprojects.com


Film maker Oonagh Kearney to create a Short Doc for the Floating Cinema launch!


We are delighted to annouce that film maker Oonagh Kearney has been selected for the Floating Cinema Short Doc Commission 2013. 

More information about her winning proposal and dates of screenings will be coming soon. 





Image: Director Oonagh Kearney, Wonder House, 2013 (stills photographer Will Martin).




We are giving all you lucky film makers an extra day to submit your proposals for the Floating Cinema 5k short doc commission! Final deadline NOW Tuesday 26th March, 4pm.  
For full brief visit http://floatingcinema.info/

We are giving all you lucky film makers an extra day to submit your proposals for the Floating Cinema 5k short doc commission!

Final deadline NOW Tuesday 26th March, 4pm.  

For full brief visit http://floatingcinema.info/


Floating Cinema Short Doc Commission launched!


2013 Floating Cinema Launch: Short Doc Commission with BRITDOC

The Floating Cinema is inviting inventive proposals for a short documentary film created especially for single-screen projection on the Floating Cinema 2013. Applicants are invited to respond in any way to our 2013 programming theme of ‘Extra-Ordinary’, applications using distinctive and experimental approaches are welcome. The deadline for applications is 9am on 25 March 2013 and the successful applicant will be selected by a panel comprised of filmmakers Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie and representatives from BRITDOC Foundation and UP Projects. For full details of how to apply, download the PDF here: http://floatingcinema.info/


Join our team!


We are currently looking for a part-time Events Manager to join our team, as well as a Press and Marketing Intern.

For more information about the roles and how to apply click here. 


Join our team


UP Projects are excited to announce that we have two new vacancies for a Business Manager and a Education and Participation Producer. For further details and full job descriptions please click here 


Happy New Year!



UP Projects are thrilled to welcome in the New Year with fantastic fundraising news, ensuring that 2013 will be even bigger and better than the last!

Thanks to all of your generous donations we reached our crowdfunding target for the Floating Cinema and have since bought the boat! In addition we have secured funding for the next three years courtesy of The City Bridge Trust, to help us deliver environmental education activities.

It’s all go! 




It is a final week of funding for the ExtraOrdinary Floating Cinema.

We are asking you to help us bring this exciting new project to the waterways by donating through our crowd funding campaign.

 In exchange for your donation you can pick a perk! This includes an exclusive DVD of Floating Cinema 2013 films, This limited edition show reel will include newly commissioned artists’ films as well as documentation of the unique tours of London’s waterways. The DVD will be signed by artists Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie.


Floating Cinema crowdfunding campaign launched!


We have just launched a crowdfunding campaign to help support our new Floating Cinema project launching next year. Be part of it!  http://www.indiegogo.com/Floating-Cinema?c=home


Duggan Morris to design our new Floating Cinema!


We are delighted to announce that Duggan Morris Architects have won our open architecture competition to design the new Floating Cinema which will be floating along the waterways of East London in June 2013. Watch this space for news of how the project develops! 


Duggan Morris Architects, A Strange Cargo of Extra-Ordinary Objects, design for the Floating Cinema, 2012


Artist talk announced


Come along to a free talk with artist Ben Long and UP Projects on Wednesday 5th September at 7pm at Bruce Castle Museum. Here more about the PARK ART in Haringey project and Ben's work . To book, email: laura [at] upprojects.com


Last day of Bread & Goose performances at St. Pancras and Kings Cross Station tomorrow!


Get yourself down to the final day of live art performances by Bread & Goose, for our Terminus Treats project in Camden. Performances happen in Station Square in front of Kings Cross and on St. Pancras Road between 8-10am and 12-2pm today and tomorrow only. You are in for a treat!



PARK ART in Haringey launched!


We launched our PARK ART project last night. We urge you to check out Ben Long's giant Lion sculpture on the lawn in front of the Bruce Castle Museum in Tottenham as well as Martin Richman and Charlie Kerr's stunning light and sound installation in the adjacent Tudor Hawk Tower. http://www.upprojects.com/portfolio/current/park-art-in-haringey-/30



Image: Stephen White. 


PARK ART in Haringey in the news...


Our PARK ART in Haringey project launches next week. Be sure to come and check out Ben Long's giant 'Lion Scaffolding Sculpture' and Martin Richman and Charlie Kerr's light and sound installation - both at Bruce Castle Park in Tottenham until September 23. It's featured in Time Out too! 


Floating Cinema 2013 Design Competition Shortlist Announced!


We are proud to announce the four shortlisted practices: 

-Nilsson Pflugfelder (Berlin/London) 
- vPPR (London) 
- OBRA (New York/Beijing) 
- Duggan Morris (London)

Many congratulations - we're looking forward to working with you all this summer. 



Contemporary Art at Festivals re-launches at London Pleasure Gardens



This weekend saw the launch London Pleasure Gardens; a fantastic new site at Pontoon Dock. It was great to see our Contemporary Art at Festivals commissions amongst the backdrop of the London sky line. They have lots of events planned throughout the summer, be sure you get yourself down to one! 


Yinka's ballerina revealed!



Perfectly on cue Yinka's ballerina made her first arabesque.

Today we unveiled Yinka Shonibare's 'Globe Head Ballerina' sculpture which adorns the side of the Royal Opera House. 

For more infomation about the project click here 


Open Architecture Competition for a new Floating Cinema launched today!


This morning we launched an open call for architects in partnership with the Architecture Foundation to design a new permanent Floating Cinema.

Interested architects can apply by visiting The Architecture Foundation’s website.


UP Projects producing new public commission by Yinka Shonibare, MBE for the exterior of the Royal Opera House, London.


For more information click here.


 Yinka Shonibare, MBE,  Flower Cloud, 2006


UP Projects in the news...


Portavilion Splore has been featured in Art & Music Magazine.

'UP DOWN UNDER' is a 6 way 'skype-a-thon' interview led by Street Art expert Cedar Lewisohn, click here to read. 

...as well as a lovely Secret Garden Project interview on the Chelsea Fringe blog. Click here to read.




UP Projects’ entered the world ten years ago in September 2002 with Shine, an exhibition of light works in the magnificent (and then disused) St. Pancras Chambers on Euston Road.

Since then we have had the honour of working with some of the world’s leading contemporary artists as well as creating opportunities for young artists to develop new work for new contexts in the public realm. We have also developed partnerships with a wide range of inspiring organisations to enable us to achieve our diverse programme of projects. Looking back, highlights have included our ongoing Portavilion series of commissions which launched with temporary structures by Dan Graham, Toby Paterson, Monika Sosnowska and Annika Eriksson, followed by a mobile inflatable event space with raumlaborberlin and the Floating Cinema with Somewhere and Studio Weave. Our Secret Garden Project has been growing across London including projects by Tania Kovats, Francis Thorburn and London Fieldworks in Islington and Kensington & Chelsea, and Jacques Nimki’s new project will unfold on Tooting Common, Wandsworth this year.

This year not only marks our tenth anniversary but we are also proud to become a new National Portfolio Organisation of the Arts Council, England. UP Projects is one of only 49 visual arts organisations to be in receipt of NPO funding in London, and one of only 7 organisations to be newly awarded this year.

To celebrate, we have relaunched our website with a new 10 Years of UP Projects homepage that illustrates the range of projects that we have curated and produced over what has been a momentous decade! We hope you enjoy flicking through the archive, and please do feedback to us with any comments or thoughts to info@upprojects.com or on Facebook or Twitter.

Thank you for your continued interest and support of our work. Here’s to the next 10 years!

Emma Underhill, Founding Director, UP Projects


We are working with artist Jacques Nimki on a new project on Tooting Common called 'Common Knowledge'


This exciting new project will work with volunteers to bring out the hidden ecological significance of the site. It has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and developed in partnership with London Borough of Wandsworth.


Image: Jacques Nimki, Woodlock, Fabrica Brighton, 2006


Images of Markus Vater's 'sculptural mind experiment' held on Saturday for Secret Garden Project live on the website now!


Many thanks to all those who participated in the event.

Click here to view.


New Images from Portavilion Splore in New Zealand on the website!



Emma hosts talk in Aucklands Q Theatre


Emma gave a short presentation last week at the Q Theatre (a truly fantastic building) about the Portavilion programme and introducing the new project in the series with Cut Collective Ltd.  for Splore Festival. It was a great networking event and she met some fantastic people including artists Tania Pomana, Ashley Turner, Rebecca Swan and Elise Sterback from Vibracorp who are all creating projects for the Splore Festival arts programme.





Greetings from sunny Auckland!

Having caught up with jet lag, work towards our New Zealand Portavilion is all go! You can see the build in progress over at Cut Collectives blog .... http://re-turn.tumblr.com/


UP Projects international!


We waved goodbye to Curator Emma Underhill today, as she sets off to deliver a Portavilion programme all the way over in New Zealand!  Working alongside Auckland based artists Cut Collective; the Portavilion will host several exciting events as part of Splore Festival 2012. 

With the festival kicking off in just over a fortnight, we will be sure you keep you updated... as UP Projects officially goes Kiwi!




Our Secret Garden Project artist in residence - Markus Vater - has just created a brand new animation entitled 'The Secret Garden'. Click here to view.

During his six month residency, Markus is creating a series of drawings, animations and events that will keep the Secret Garden Project growing during the winter months. 


Don't forget to tell us what you think by emailing info@upprojects.com or writing on our Facebook wall


The Floating Cinema Documentary is available to view online now!


Click here to view.

Check out the new look film page on the Floating Cinema website too, for all the great films from the Summer.



Photo: Louise Joly 


New drawings created by artist Markus Vater on the website!


Click here to view.

Markus Vater is the second Secret Garden Project artist in residence for 2011- April 2012. Information about forthcoming events coming soon! 


Markus Vater is our new Secret Garden Artist in Residence!



We are delighted to announce that artist Markus Vater is our second Secret Garden Project Artist in Residence.

Watch out for his drawings and animations which will be published online, through our newsletters and website, as well as via printed postcards, posters and a book.

More info  http://www.upprojects.com/secretgarden/projects/markus-vater-ndash-the-secret-garden-project-artist-in-residence-/12


Image credit; Markus Vater, Red-Light District, 2011


UP Projects head to New Zealand !



Now that the nights are drawing in, its exciting to be thinking about our next Portavilion project which will be at the Splore Festival.....on a beach....in New Zealand!



New Images of Tania Kovats' floating garden HABITAT at City Road Basin, Islington....



LAID TO REST Finale Procession - This Sunday at 3pm


A horse drawn procession and ceremonial brick burial will mark the finale of Serena Korda's Laid to Rest project this Sunday 18th at 3pm and has been listed as one of London's top five things to do by the Telegraph! 



Image: The Bricks Keepers Band 


The Floating Cinema has launched!



Winter Garden by Sarah Butler


Read Sarah Butler's final winter garden piece for the Secret Garden Project here.


The Floating Cinema website now live!


Visit www.floatingcinema.info for full details on the action packed Floating Cinema events, screenings and tours programmed by the Cinema’s resident artists Somewhere (Karen Guthrie and Nina Pope), as well as the artists’ blog documenting the Cinema’s journey so far.


The Floating Cinema ‘home movie mash-up:’a waterways themed film footage call-out.


Artist duo Somewhere want your watery film footage to splice together for Floating Cinema screenings throughout the summer. Send UP Projectyour film material as QuickTime files by 8th of June to be part of our unique waterways cinematic celebrations...

Download further information about the call-out here.

The Floating Cinema ‘home movie mash-up:’
a waterways themed film footage call-out.Artist duo Somewhere want your watery film footage to splice together for Floating Cinema screenings throughout the summer. Send UP Projects your film material as QuickTime files by 8th of June to be part of our unique waterways cinematic celebrations...


UP Projects is delighted to announce that it has become a National Portfolio Organisation.


Dan Graham's Triangular Pavilion With Circular Cut-Out Variation H in Holland Park for Portavilion 2008


The Floating Cinema design revealed!


The first design for the Floating Cinema for Portavilion 2011 has been revealed. Check www.portavilion.com for forthcoming information about the events, tours and screenings planned for this summer.

The Floating Cinema by Studio Weave for Portavilion 2011.  


UP Projects visited the magnificent Crossness Pumping Station in South London to shoot Serena Korda's film 'Laid to Rest'...


The Crossness Pumping Station was built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette as part of Victorian London's urgently needed main sewerage system. It was officially opened by the Prince of Wales in April 1865.

Serena Korda's film 'Laid to Rest' will be on display at the Wellcome Collection's forthcoming exhibition 'DIRT' opening 24 March 2011.


The Brick Keepers Dancers at Crossness, February 2011. Image: Tai Shani. 


'Rosy in the Mix' made by Chocolate Films available to watch now!


'Rosy in the Mix' charts a day in the life of 'Rosy the ballerina' - the inflatable bubble-like pavilion made by German architects raumlaborberlin for Portavilion 2010 - at the Mix Festival in Burgess Park. The film is commissioned by Tate Modern and follows the DIY instrument making workshops run by Juneau Projects and Tate Modern taking part inside. 

Watch it here.


Secret Garden Project artists London Fieldworks shortlisted for The Architects' Journal Small Projects 2011!


We are very excited to see that London Fieldworks has been shortlisted for this prestigious award. London Fieldworks created the stunning sculptural installation, Spontaneous City in the Tree of Heaven, for UP Projects' Secret Garden Project in Duncan Terrace Gardens, Islington, and Chelsea's Cremone Gardens last summer.

The project that won them the Architects' Journal shortlisting is 'Outlandia,' a fantastical structure in the wilds of Glan Nevis, Scotland.

Follow this link to find out more.


Watch a short film clip of one of the "Dustercise" classes that happened in Somers Town this weekend....


Click here to watch.

Dustercise is a unique excerise technique developed by Serena Korda for her project 'Laid to Rest' for the Wellcome Trust. Dustercise combined working out and cleaning up leaving you with a healthy body and a tidy house!


Serena Korda in today's Guardian: "Dust a must as artist Serena Korda creates bricks for exhibition of dirt"


Click here to read the article.

Image: Artist Serena Korda, making bricks with dust she has collected from households and organisations. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian


From dust to "Dustercise" : pop in on Serena at 24 Chalton Street!


Serena Korda is taking over a Pop-up shop at 24 Chalton Street, NW1 1JH. She'll be in  the space from Wednesday 12th - Sunday 16th January, meeting people, collecting dust samples and running "Dustercise" sessions.

Find out about Serena's Pop-up shop events.


LAID TO REST: The "Dustercise" Pop-up shop is coming to Camden soon...


Check back in the New Year for news of free "Dustercise" classes and talks with artist Serena Korda about her project 'Laid to Rest' for the Wellcome Trust.

Watch Serena Korda collecting dust for her project here.




Sarah Butler needs your help! Answer the question: 'What would feature in your perfect Winter Garden?' and watch the 'Winter Garden' grow...


Sarah Butler, Secret Garden Project writer-in-residence, will be tending a 'Winter Garden' of words this winter. Contribute to the garden and watch it grow by clicking here.






Image: Ivy Dawned


SERENA KORDA: ASK THE DUST. Where Art You feature on Serena Korda and her project Laid to Rest...


Click here to read.

Thomson's Parish Map of 1801 showing the brick fields. Courtesy of Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre







Serena Korda is now looking for samples of dust from YOU! Email donateyoudust@upprojects.com to recieve an envelope, package up your dust and send it back to us. Your dust will be transformed into a brick and become part of a time capsule of 500 commemorative bricks. Get involved!


Turn to Dust: Check out Serena Korda's blog and follow the development of her new project



Laid to Rest has been commissioned by the Wellcome Trust in association with UP Projects 


UP Projects was at Light Up festival in Langthorne Park last Saturday for the last stop on the Contemporary Art at Festivals tour.



Check out the new literary work by Secret Garden Project's writer in residence....



Portavilion 2010: Check out new images of ROSY from her journey across London's parks and green spaces this Summer.



Britain's Park Story with Dan Cruickshank on BB4



Portavilion: ROSY set to be in Regent's Park over three days next week.


For three days from Monday 2 - Wednesday 4 August, ROSY the bubble will host workshops for young people in The Regents Park - led by the Roundhouse. Come down and get involved!

Rosy will be located near to the Cow & Coffee Bean Cafe nearest to Chester Road in the centre of the park.


London fieldworks installation now up and running in Duncan Terrace and cremorne gardens.



Portavilion: Inside/Outside Cinema this Saturday!


Inside / Outisde Cinema, Gillett Square, Saturday 17 July 4-11pm

For one evening only in Gillett Square, Raumlaborberlin's Bubble pavilion Rosy the Ballerina will be transformed into a temporary cinema presenting short films from Hackney Archives and Dalston’s Rio Cinema; artists’ animations brought to the programme by the Drawing Room; a film about the first British feminist and Hackney resident Mary Wollstonecraft by Hackney based Fragments& Monuments Film and Performance Company, and a dance-film exploring Dalston’s public spaces, made by local residents and East London Dance. The bubble will also come alive with experimental projections on its surface by VJ Fat Butcher and Fragments & Monuments.

During the day, the Portavilion bubble will play host to a Hackney Museum workshop and a variety of musical performances by local groups.

For the full programme please see the website.


ROSY the bubble had a fantastic outing in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern last Friday...


ROSY hosted a talk at Tate Modern about architecture as part of the London Festival of Architecture.

For more information about the event click here.


UP Projects SPACE and Islington Council present Open Studios and Garden Party as part of Secret Garden Project


UP Projects SPACE and Islington Council present Open Studios and Garden Party to celebrate the opening of Peabody Yard Studios, an evening of open studios, performance and workshops.

The dance performance will take place in and around the ironwork ruins of the former Tibberton baths at Tibby Palace, a small green space on Greenman Street. Choreographed by Cheryl McChesney Jones for The Hanging Garlands of Tibby Place project by artist Shane Waltener, an ongoing participatory weaving project.

Throughout July Waltener will transform the Victorian metal framework of the former Tibberton baths into a hanging garden with a series of performances and participatory workshops open to the public and local community groups. The project has been commissioned by Islington Council and curated/produced by UP Projects as part of the Secret Garden Project.

Join Waltener in the workshop to create new sections for the woven hanging garden.

Refreshments will be available.


UP Projects at Glastonbury 2010!


UP Projects are making their way to Glastonbury Festival this week to install five contemporary art commissions for the Shangri-La area.

To find out more about the artists click here.

Image: The Hub at Night, Shangri-La, Glastonbury Festival 2009


Next stop for raumlabor's ROSY is at the Walthamstow Green Fair: Sunday 27 June!


At the Green Fair, ROSY will host a variety of music perforamnces by local acts.



ROSY the bubble will be coming to Tottenham Carnival this Saturday 19 June!


ROSY the bubble will be coming to Bruce Castle Park as part of Tottenham Carnival this Saturday from 12-6pm.

Fevered Sleep will be performing in the Bubble commissioned by Sadler's Wells and Siobhan Davies Dance for Big Dance.

To find out more about ROSY's tour go to the website: www.portavilion.com



The Smallest Cinema in the World is at Tatton Park Biennial 2010!


Annika Eriksson's 'Smallest Cinema in the World' is at Tatton Park Biennial 2010. Originally commissioned for Portavilion 2008, the mini 6 seater cinema will be showing brand new site-specific films in the beautiful grounds of Tatton Park in Cheshire until 26 September.



The Dancer's Bubble: Saturday 5 June 2-10pm


The Dancer's Bubble lands in Allen Gardens off Brick Lane this Saturday! ROSY will be taken over by East London Dance to host a Dance Debate in the day, followed by an open mic dance jam called Mixed Movement from 7-10pm in the evening.

Come and soak up the sun and dance!
Drinks provided by Vibe Bar and food by Mama's Jerk Station.

See www.portavilion.com for more information


Secret Garden Project launches this Saturday!


with The Mobile Picnic Pavilion by Francis Thorburn, which will tour the streets of Islington powered by a human hamster wheel and a band of merry gardeners!
To join the Mobile Picnic Pavilion procession through the streets, assemble at 11am at St Luke’s Community Centre, 90 Central St. EC1V 8AJ.
The performance will stop off outside Islington Central Library, Holloway Road N5 from 12 – 2pm where it will unfold to become a picnic area for members of the public to enjoy their lunch and interact with the artwork.
Bring your walking shoes and your sandwiches and have a picnic!

Go to www.secretgardenproject.co.uk for more information


Portavilion 2010 now live!


ROSY the bubble landed in Potters Fields Park yesterday for the launch of Portavilion 2010 and the start of 13 different events over the Summer.

See the events page on www.portavilion.com for details of the ROSY's next outing!


Portavilion 2010 to launch on 20 May in Potters Fields Park!


Portavilion is one of the most ambitious contemporary art projects to take place in London's public realm. Curated by Emma Underhill of up projects, it launched in 2008 with four temporary pavilions by internationally renowned artists in some of London’s most popular parks.

For Portavilion 2010 we have commissioned raumlaborberlin to create ROSY (the ballerina), a mobile bubble pavilion for London's parks.

See the brand new Portavilion website for more information


Secret Garden Project launches 29 May!


A programme of high quality, temporary commissions and pop-up arts events for ten ‘secret’ gardens, parks and lesser known green spaces across London, including City Road Basin and Union Square in Islington, Cremorne Gardens in Kensington & Chelsea and Tooting Common in Wandsworth.

 For more information see the Secret Garden Project website.




Having written the Art in Burgess Park Strategy last year that supports the integration of high quality contemporary art across the forthcoming Revitalisation of Burgess Park in Southwark, we are delighted to have won the contract to deliver the strategy during the First Phase of the Revitalisation Project on the behalf of Southwark Council.  We will be working closely with environmental designers LDA Design who have been appointed to carry out the revitalisation of the park, indentifying opportunities for art within the infrastructure of the park as well as an ongoing art programme




We have completed the strategy for  Artlands North Kent; a programme of quality art in the public realm commissions that aims to frame North Kent’s identity and respond to the unique qualities of the area.  Artlands is led by Greening the Gateway Kent & Medway, Kent County Council, Arts Council England and CABE.