UCL East


Public art programme in east London

Through UCL East's ambitious public art programme, we collaborate with communities of artists and creative sector organisations, to ensure our art activities are relevant, meaningful and part of the everyday lives of local people.

Student Artists in Residence

Two student artists from the Slade School of Fine Art joined the UCL East Programme team during 2019/20 as Artists in Residence for a 12-month period.

Seren Metcalfe and Jacob Blackaller were selected through a competitive process to take on this new role with the UCL East team. During their residency, they were invited to observe, comment and reflect on the development of the new campus.

Seren Metcalfe's artwork

Seren’s artistic research saw her exploring movement, time and the positivity of change. Due to Covid-19, her work, a musical and physical performance, is exhibited digitally.

Artwork from Seren Metcalfe that is looking at decibels in sound, as part of the UCL East student artist in residence scheme.

Read Seren's blog to learn more

Visit Seren's digital exhibition

Jacob Blackaller's artwork

Taking on a fictional position as archaeologist and anthropologist to explore the foundations of the new campus, Jacob responded by creating sculptural works.

One of the artistic structures created by Jacob Blackaller as part of the UCL East artist student in residence scheme.

Read Jacob's blog to learn more

Download Jacob's digital book

City Mill Skate

This research project uses a shared design process to build a proposal for permanent skateable objects on UCL East campus.

The project is led by Dr Esther Sayers and Sam Griffin – both researchers, artists and themselves skateboarders. They are working with UCL Culture, the Bartlett School of Architecture, Urban Lab and the east London skateboarding community to develop, test and ultimately create a range of skateable architectural elements to be embedded into UCL East’s social spaces. These features are called ‘skate dots’. Read more about the concept in Professor Iain Borden's blog.

Throughout 2019, City Mill Skate conducted a pilot research, finding out local skaters’ needs. In March 2020, the team sent special DIY making kits for people to create their own designs for ‘skate dots’ from the safety of their own home - these are available to see online.

Blind skateboarder Dan Mancina at Innoskate at UCL Here East in May 2019

Photo: Blind skateboarder Dan Mancina at Innoskate, UCL Here East, May 2019. Credit: Iain Borden

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Learn more about City Mill Skate, the research and the skate dot DIY kits


Trellis is a programme exploring knowledge exchange between UCL academics and east London artists to create opportunities for collaboration between artists, researchers and communities based around the UCL East campus.

The programme is designed and delivered by the UCL Culture Public Engagement Team, and co-funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and UCL Public Art.

Trellis 2 launched in February 2020 when 80+ artists and researchers were brought together through matchmaking events. Artist-researcher partnerships then applied for funding to continue working together, alongside community partners.

Among these collaborative projects, nine were granted an initial £2,000. Five of these, receiving £15,000 each, were commissioned to co-create artworks, to be exhibited in spring 2021.

A sculpture produced as part of the Trellis pilot project.


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Discover the Trellis 2 projects

Permanent artwork on Pool Street West

In July 2020, the UCL East Programme appointed Emma Hart to create a permanent artwork on Pool Street West. 

Emma Hart, an east-London based artist, was selected through a competitive interview process, due to her interest in how art can forge meaningful relationships with its viewers. Her fresh approach to working with communities and the academic community at UCL East will unfold until 2022, date of opening of Pool Street West. Emma will also work with the project architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands to integrate her work into the building.

Emma lives and works in London; she received her MA in Fine Art from UCL’s Slade School of Fine Arts in 2004 and completed her PhD in Fine Art at Kingston University in 2013. Emma won the 2016 Max Mara Art Prize for Women in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery. In 2015, she was awarded a Paul Hamlyn Foundation award for visual art. Emma is currently a lecturer at the Slade.

Screenshot of Emma Hart's introductory video

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