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Tracey Emin, Chris Ofili and Bridget Riley among artists commissioned to design London 2012 posters

  • Date: 24 June 2011
  • Area: London

12 leading visual artists have been commissioned to design official Olympic and Paralympic posters as more plans are announced for the London 2012 Festival, with one year to go until its launch.

The posters will be shown in a free exhibition at Tate Britain as part of the festival and limited edition prints will go on sale this autumn.

The commissioned artists are: Fiona Banner, Michael Craig-Martin, Martin Creed, Tracey Emin, Anthea Hamilton, Howard Hodgkin, Gary Hume, Sarah Morris, Chris Ofili, Bridget Riley, Bob and Roberta Smith and Rachel Whiteread.

Other London 2012 Festival visual arts highlights include a specially designed frieze for the front of the Whitechapel Gallery by Turner Prize-winning artist Rachel Whiteread and A Room for London by commissioning organisation Artangel. The latter will see a one-bedroom installation, where visitors can spend the night, positioned on the top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall at London's Southbank Centre.

London dance fans will also be treated to a range of spectacular events as part of the festival. Sadler's Wells and the Barbican host a retrospective of work by renowned choreographer Pina Bausch while the Royal Ballet and National Gallery join forces to create Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, where contemporary choreographers, composers, poets and visual artists will respond to works by the Renaissance master.

Marc Brew and Claire Cunningham's Candoco Dance Company and Bobby Baker's Mad Gyms and Kitchens will also celebrate disability, arts, culture and sport through Unlimited dance commissions.

As visitors from all over the world descend on the city for the Games, two unique events on London's South Bank will take advantage of the international theme. The Southbank Centre will put on the UK's biggest ever poetry festival, bringing 205 poets from Olympic and Paralympic nations to its venues for Poetry Parnassus.

Meanwhile, the Globe Theatre will play host to an unprecedented multi-lingual Shakespeare project. For the first time ever in a single theatre season, all the works of Britain's greatest playwright will be presented, each in a different language, each by a different company from around the world.

But you don't need to wait a year to get involved. 2011's Open Weekend from 22-24 July 2011 will see people across the UK attending over 1,000 events to celebrate one year to go to the Games. Special screenings of Tate Movie Project are also taking place in Trafalgar Square this summer while young people can also take part in film workshops and museum curating through projects Film Nation:Shorts and Stories of the World.

For more information about the festival and to sign up to receive more information, visit the London 2012 Festival website