Why Do We Care About Art?

Kathrin Böhm

New Public Art Commission
Tanner Lane Rotational Public Art Commission at Paddington Square, London

Curated by The Showroom and Lacuna

Commissioned by Sellar on behalf of Great Western Developments Ltd

Kathrin Böhm, Tanner Lane Wall Workshop, July 2021. PSQ Public Art Programme ©The Artist and The Showroom.

Launching in 2024, Kathrin Böhm responds to the theme of ‘care’ by asking the pressing question: “Why Do We Care About Art?”.

Böhm explored individual responses to this question through collaborative poster-making workshops throughout July to October 2021. The final artwork, which will be located on a 12 metre long wall on the corner of Tanner Lane and Praed Street at Paddington Square, will project a chorus of voices through a process of assimilating and responding to the assemblage of statements created by each workshop contributor.

“Lacuna conducted extensive research into the neighbourhood, working with local communities and engaging with a diverse set of stakeholders, greatly enriching our curatorial approach and the development of these landmark commissions with leading contemporary artists. While lockdown presented us with new challenges, it also allowed us to develop novel methods for critical engagement with the evolving cultural conversation.”

Stella Ioannou, Director and Jade Niklai, Associate Curator, Lacuna

Kathrin Böhm, Paddington Square Art Commission Workshop (The Showroom, London), 2021 © The Artist & The Showroom


Partnering with The Showroom, a public contemporary art space based near Paddington Square, the annual Tanner Lane Rotational Public Art Project is a new series of collaborative artworks situated at Tanner Lane, situated between Paddington Square and St Mary’s Hospital.

Each annual project is realised with community engagement and offers a new model for exploring current cultural themes in the public realm. The series continues in 2024 with the collaborative practice, Long Distance Press (Adam Shield and Thomas Whittle) and in 2025 with Harold Offeh.

The commissioned artworks will each be in-situ for one year at a time, providing a rotational site for temporary public artworks, each responding to the overarching theme of ‘care’. Created through community engagement, the wall cycle creates a new context for The Showroom’s programme in Paddington, allowing a wide audience of visitors, workers and local residents to enjoy and engage with contemporary art practices.

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