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Women take over the tube: Njideka Akunyili Crosby for Brixton, Linder is Southwark-bound

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, 2016 (c) Brigitte Sire. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London & Venice

Look out next year for a major new work at Brixton underground station by Njideka Akunyili Crosby. The Nigerian-born artist, who was named a MacArthur fellow this year, has shown works at the Istanbul Biennial and Prospect New Orleans. Crosby now takes on Brixton tube station as part of a year-long programme dedicated to women artists launched by the commissioning organisation Art on the Underground. The initiative marks 100 years since the Representation of the People Act which enabled men and some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time. The UK artist Heather Phillipson will show an 80-metre long sculptural installation at Gloucester Road station while established artist Linder will unveil billboard art at the Southwark stop (an extra treat is Romanian artist Geta Brătescu's design for a Tube map cover). Eleanor Pinfield, head of Art on the Underground, says that through 2018 Art on the Underground will “underline the message that there is no single women's voice in art; there are however many urgent voices that can challenge the city's structures of male power.”