Julie Leonard



“I loved the kinetic nature of Julie’s art which reflects wonderfully the excitement, the complexity and the people involved in the construction process. I am in awe of what she can do on the tiny screen of an iPhone - the fact that you can also rewind the process and see how she did it, is particularly fascinating.” Peter Murray, Chairman, New London Architecture


Over the past two years, Julie has applied the instant nature of hand-held technology to get up close with the people, personalities and places at the heart of Europe’s biggest infrastructure project. By creating digital and animated drawings at specific moments, her pictures capture everyday situations out on sites across the route, bringing the evolution of the project to life.


Highlighting Julie’s work through five key themes, this exhibition peers into the hidden past below the line through the eyes of archaeologists, gives a fascinating insight into the many people and building works down the tunnels and hidden behind the construction hoardings, and shows how art can inspire young people from local communities living along the route.




“Working with Julie over the past two years has been a really exciting experience for us here at Crossrail. It was always really important to the art programme team to work with someone who could bring colour and dynamism to the project – both through their art but also through their personality and approach. Julie has certainly delivered on all accounts and we are thrilled with the results."


Exploring the exhibitions five themes

1. People of Crossrail

2. Places & space: above and below the line

3. Inspiring women

4. Digging up the past

5. Creative communities