Sculpture in the City: Artworks in London's Square Mile alongside the city's historic landmarks

Sean Scully, Stack Blues, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Blain | Southern; Photo © Peter Mallet

It's the eighth edition of Sculpture in the City, an annual public art event set amongst iconic architectural landmarks in London's Square Mile. Featuring internationally acclaimed artists such as Sarah Lucas, Thomas J Price, Sean Scully and Nancy Rubins while also introducing three new commissioned works, their artworks will be displayed close to some of London's most famous buildings.

To tie in with celebrations taking place this year to mark the centenary of female suffrage, nine of the artworks have been created by emerging and established female international artists, supported by the City of London Corporation’s Women: Work & Power campaign.

Jyll Bradley's Opening the Air in St Helen's Square is a three-dimensional drawing made up of a field of fluorescent Plexiglas etchings. In a city dominated by glass structures, this work reflects upon the fact that the first "glasshouses" were built for green growth. In Leadenhall Market, Amanda Lwin presents A Worldwide Web of Somewheres, a textile map of the City of London with lines that highlight the underground infrastructure in the City, which follows on from her series Capricious Cartography. Finally, Clare Jarrett will display Sari Garden, a work consisting of lengths of vibrant Indian sari material hanging between Victorian lampposts.

Iwona Blazwick, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, said: "Sculpture in the City takes us on a cultural safari through the medieval lanes and postmodern plazas of the City of London to encounter some of the most exciting public art being made in the world today."

Launching on 27 June, Sculpture in the City includes City SculptureFest at St Helen’s Piazza on Saturday 30 June where you'll have the opportunity to discover this year’s sculptures with family-friendly tours and trails and take part in an exciting range of activities exploring sculpture and architectural design.

Find out more at sculptureinthecity.org.uk. Meanwhile, here we share a preview of what's to be expected.

David Annesley, Untitled, 1969. Image © Nick Turpin

David Annesley, Untitled, 1969. Image © Nick Turpin

Karen Tang, Synapsid, 2014. Copyright the artist. Courtesy of l'étrangère Gallery. Photo: © Nick Turpin

Karen Tang, Synapsid, 2014. Copyright the artist. Courtesy of l'étrangère Gallery. Photo: © Nick Turpin

Jyll Bradley, Opening the Air, 2018. © the artist. Photo by Thierry Bal. Courtesy of the artist.

Jyll Bradley, Opening the Air, 2018. © the artist. Photo by Thierry Bal. Courtesy of the artist.

Gabriel Lester, The Adventurer, 2014. © the artist. Image © Nick Turpin

Gabriel Lester, The Adventurer, 2014. © the artist. Image © Nick Turpin

Thomas J. Price, Numen (Shifting Votive) One, Two and Three 2016. © the artist. Photo by Mark Crick. Courtesy of the artist and Hales Gallery.

Thomas J. Price, Numen (Shifting Votive) One, Two and Three 2016. © the artist. Photo by Mark Crick. Courtesy of the artist and Hales Gallery.

Clare  Jarrett,  Site  specific    installation,  Plantation  Garden,  Norwich,    Chelsea  Fringe  Garden  Festival/Words    and  Women  2014.  Copyright  the  artist.

Clare Jarrett, Site specific installation, Plantation Garden, Norwich, Chelsea Fringe Garden Festival/Words and Women 2014. Copyright the artist.

Jean-Luc Moulène, Body, Guyancourt, October 2011. Produced by Renault Automobiles. © Jean - Luc Moulène / ADAGP 2018. Image courtesy the artist, Chantal    Crousel  and  Thomas Dane Gallery. Photo: Marc Domage

Jean-Luc Moulène, Body, Guyancourt, October 2011. Produced by Renault Automobiles. © Jean - Luc Moulène / ADAGP 2018. Image courtesy the artist, Chantal Crousel and Thomas Dane Gallery. Photo: Marc Domage