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Eleanor joined Transport for London in 2014 to head up Art on the Underground, leading the programme’s ambitious series of projects bringing art to millions of people every day. Since 2014, Eleanor has commissioned work from a wide range of leading international artists; 2018 saw new work by Heather Phillipson, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Geta Bratescu, and Linder. In 2017, Eleanor oversaw the completion of “Diamonds and Circles”, works “in situ” by internationally renowned artist Daniel Buren, a permanent artwork at Tottenham Court Road station and is developing new opportunities for major permanent artwork across the city. Eleanor joined Art on the Underground in 2014 from Tate Modern, where she led the curatorial management of The Tanks “Art in Action” programme, delivering a changing live programme of commissions from acclaimed artists including Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Tania Bruguera, Hito Steyerl and Boris Charmatz. Prior to this, Eleanor worked in a number of roles at Tate, notably in the office of Tate Director, Sir Nicholas Serota. Eleanor is a member of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group and sits on the Crossrail Art Programme Advisory Group.


  • June 12: Art in Transit

    Making the right decision - lessons learnt from commissioning great artworks today, that will form part of our city’s futures

    Globally, transit authorities are seeking to provide better customer experiences, improve journeys and ensure value for money, with artworks forming an important part of creating exciting environments for our customers in London and around the world. But what are the long term challenges of maintaining artworks and how can we ensure that we are doing so in a way that supports operational considerations, artistic requirements, and our duty to heritage concerns? Using the example of the restoration of a major 1980s artwork by leading British artist Eduardo Paolozzi on London Underground (Tottenham Court Road station), the paper will discuss working with partners to make the right decisions and communicate them to the public. We will consider lessons learnt in order to commission great artworks today that form part of our city’s future.