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Cauleen Smith CIRCA 2020

Immerse yourself in art as Europe’s largest billboard pauses its usual adverts for two minutes every evening at precisely 20:20 GMT, throughout October.

01/11/2020 - 30/11/2020

at Piccadilly Circus, London, W1J 9HP.

Looking for free public art?


Don’t miss the CIRCA takeover of the Piccadilly Lights at Piccadilly Circus.

Launched in October 2020, CIRCA.ART is a public art initiative transforming the way we interact with art during times of unprecedented turmoil. International art superstar Ai Weiwei kicked off the launch in October. Now, the space is handed over to Cauleen Smith, in collaboration with The Showroom, for a month-long takeover throughout November.

Every evening at precisely 20:20 GMT throughout November, one of America’s leading artists Cauleen Smith will present her COVID MANIFESTO on the Piccadilly Lights advertising screen in Piccadilly Circus.

COVID MANIFESTO consists of 23 pronouncements. Curated in collaboration with The Showroom, London, directed by Elvira Dyangani Ose, Cauleen Smith’s work will be rewriting and revealing each point of the Manifesto in two-minute clips every night.

In a sort of ‘living’ still life , the artist’s desk will be the tableau, in which personal items, remnants of daily rituals, and key references to her practice will accumulate, appear and disappear. The project will unfold in a sequence, a crescendo, that will be punctuated by 7 intermissions selected from Smith’s existing works.

Over the month, the personal and poetic, the eventful and now historical, will feature as Smith responds to Covid-19 and its multiple aftermaths.

In December, Cauleen Smith’s work will be followed by British artist Eddie Peake.

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Want to mark this historic artistic moment?


Purchase exclusive limited-edition works made by Cauleen Smith for £100. Funds raised go directly to a range of charities supporting the UK cultural sector during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Available exclusively from 1st – 30th November 2020, stocks are limited so get yours whilst you can.

Go to online shop.

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Looking to learn more about CIRCA?


Created by artist Josef O’Connor, each month CIRCA commissions a different artist to display their works on the iconic 4K Piccadilly Lights screen at Piccadilly Circus, transforming it into a digital canvas pausing the adverts on screen for two minutes each day at 20:20 – 20:22 GMT.

Each artist is invited to create a new work for Europe’s largest digital screen that offers an innovative and exciting way for London to engage with art, both outside and at home, in a safe and socially distanced way.

Visitors to Piccadilly Circus will be able to connect their headphones to WWW.CIRCA.ART and receive a fully immersive audio-visual experience. The website will also stream the artwork every evening (20:20 BST/GMT).

Exhibiting artists are invited to upload supporting content such as images, text and videos throughout the month, to expand on their ideas and engage a wider digital community from around the world.

CIRCA has been made possible by Landsec, landlord of Piccadilly Lights, who have kindly donated media space, as a helpful boost to the cultural scene in London’s West End.

Learn more about CIRCA here.

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