London 2012 commissioned twelve of the UK’s leading artists to create images to celebrate The Olympic Games and The Paralympic Games



Since 1912, each Olympic host city has commissioned posters to celebrate their hosting of the Games. The official posters of the Games are now themselves a unique celebration of 100 years of the meeting of art and sport. Nicholas Serota, Director of Tate and a panel of art world luminaries, invited Martin Creed, Anthea Hamilton, Howard Hodgkin, Chris Ofili, Bridget Riley, Rachel Whiteread to create images for the Olympic Games – and Fiona BannerMichael Craig-Martin, Tracey Emin, Gary Hume, Sarah Morris and Bob and Roberta Smith to create images for the Paralympic Games. Here Tamsin Dillon, Head of Art on the Underground, talks about the experience of being on the selection panel, and artists Michael Craig-Martin, Bob and Roberta Smith and Rachel Whiteread talk about their ideas, the process of creating a poster and how best to execute a image that would interpret the emotions and legacy of London hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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