Out of Uniform
Some of you may or may not know that I work for London Underground. Believe it or not, we're not all robots. This is how this whole thing has come about – it's kind of a little mission to prove something to ourselves as well as all of you lot out there. I'm excited and a bit scared at the same time. I have until the end of next week to pick five pieces of my work to go on display – I don't know what to pick. Can you guys help me? I know I definitely want New Year's Fears there and bang on 8. That still leaves three more to choose, have printed and mounted by the end of next week.
The exhibition is unveiled to you all on the 1st September (and I should be present for the launch day, plus a few others), with the private view/press day on the 2nd of September, with at least one or two members of staff available on each day for you to chat to on each day until the exhibition's last day on the 14th September.
Things have come about so quickly – we've only just secured the gallery space and we've not got long to sort out promotional materials so a lot of the advertising is through word of mouth and self-promotion (hence this hastily put together announcement/web flyer, though I hope the guys doing the website launch it in time for the start of the exhibition). We are not getting any support, funding or official backing from Art on the Underground – our own time, money and effort has gone into getting this all arranged, so it's important that you guys show me and my fellow creative colleagues some love! It will be lovely to meet some of your Flickr people that have supported me for so long and I hope you guys can make us feel like this hard work was all worth it.
**PRESS RELEASE (could be changed though in the two weeks leading up, so I guess this is just initial...)**
On Thursday 2nd September the first ever art exhibition organised by London Underground staff showing their own art work goes on display at The 198 Gallery in Brixton Village SW2. Out of Uniform is a unique event displaying paintings, photographs, poets and musicians who when in uniform work as Supervisors, ticket sellers, drivers and gate line staff. Two special guests will already be in the gallery to welcome you – Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone – as their signed portraits will proudly be on display.
These staff are showing a complete different aspect of their daily working lives. Modern people living uncomplicated lives who have exceptional and surprising hidden talents. Millions of customers use the network everyday experiencing regular excellent customer service – just ask Ken and Boris. Now here is an opportunity to view a different aspect of these dedicated friendly LU staff.
It’s OK – you don’t need your Oyster card to enter the show (just use it to get there!). Be prepared to be surprised at the diversity and talent on view – a poetic Supervisor, a musical ticket seller, a photographing station assistant and even a bonsai-loving train driver. Then there are the individual websites and a documentary film to view.
Your perception will be changed forever and your Underground experience will never be quite the same. Just think – Art really does live and breathe on London Underground, whether it is in or Out of Uniform.