One Day in the City

2012 Highlights

Welcome to the UCL Festival of London and Literature

“One Day in the City”

Limehouse Tunnel (Iain Borden)

Copyright Iain Borden

"One Day in the City: Part I" - UCL South Cloisters, Wilkins Building and UCL Art Museum

15 June – 22 August

"One Day in the City: Part II" - UCL Art Museum

24 September – 14 December

The exhibition – “One Day in the City” – will juxtapose numerous representations of life in London: past, present, and future. There will be two exhibition spaces running concurrently – UCL Art Museum and the South Cloisters – in their own way reflecting the layered simultaneity and historicity of city life. These spaces will be populated with caricatures, paintings, sketches, books, photographs, and digital media. They will feature rare items from UCL’s art and book collection, such as selections from Hogarth’s series Industry and Idleness (1747), alongside images streamed “real-time” from the London streets.

One major objective of these exhibitions is to present specialist research material from many disciplines, and to do so in vibrant, accessible, and sustainable ways which are suitable to a broad audience. Consequently, these exhibitions juxtapose and interconnect current research from The Bartlett; Birkbeck; Central St Martins; the Slade; UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA); UCL Centre for Digital Humanities; UCL Department of English; and UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES).

“One Day in the City” is co-curated by Nick Shepley (UCL English) and Andrea Fredericksen (UCL Art Museum), in partnership with the Bartlett School of Architecture, and is generously supported by UCL Grand Challenges: Sustainable Cities. Chee-Kit Lai and Max Dewdney (Mobile Studios) are the creative minds who have designed the exhibition for the South Cloisters.

UCL Art Museum and UCL South Cloisters are located in the Wilkins Building, South Cloisters, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT. South Cloisters is open during college opening hours. UCL Art Museum is open to the public weekdays 1-5 pm. Admission is free.

For information about the UCL Art Museum exhibition visit or contact Nina Pearlman, Manager, UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT,, +44 (0)20 7679 2540.

For information about UCL Special Collections, please contact Dr Tabitha Tuckett, Rare Books Librarian, UCL Library Services,, +44 (0)20 7679 2827.

For enquiries about the South Cloisters exhibition or the festival, please contact Dr Nick Shepley (, Department of English.