Our Community involvement and Selection Process


AMUK have worked with appointed art consultants Modus Operandi to prepare a brief, which was shared with over 250 contacts – internationally renowned artists, curators, galleries, art schools, sculpture foundations, and artist studios – as well as making an open call for artists to register their interest.

This call was also shared with AIDS-related charities and online via social media. Over 30 final expressions of Interest were received, and a long list of 16 artists was agreed upon. A shortlisting panel then chose five artists to propose designs, working in response to a brief.

AMUK adhered to the highest standards through clear guidelines around artist selection, with support from Modus Operandi as well as AMUK’s Affected Communities Advisory Board (ACAB). Prior to our judge selections the ACAB, comprising over 50 individuals from diverse communities, was briefed on the five finalists’ concepts and able to provide feedback to the judges. Both votes were unanimous.

Our rigorous process was made possible through the Mayor of London’s Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm. This commission was established by the Mayor of London to enrich and add to the current public realm. It supports programs to enhance the representation of women, disabled people, Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, and LGBTQ+ figures in public spaces, improving our collective understanding of London’s shared history.

Central to our mission is memorialising the enormous impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic across all affected communities. As well as representatives from the four most affected communities (gay / bisexual men, Black African communities, the bleeding disorder community, injecting drug users & medical staff) our judges for the selected artist represent a wide cross-section of the country’s leading arts and cultural movements and/or institutions.

Our Shortlisted Artist’s Work

Upcoming Announcement

The selected artist will be announced on June 12th, marking a pivotal moment in creating a meaningful tribute to those affected by the epidemic. The decision to approach the memorial as public art reflects a commitment to inclusivity and engagement, ensuring the voices of those impacted resonate within the city.

Stay tuned as we prepare to unveil the chosen artist who will shape the narrative of remembrance and resilience embodied by the London AIDS memorial, supported by Mayor of London.

For more information, contact Alethea Norman-Rhodes ([email protected]) or Lily O’Brien-Mead ([email protected]).



Support us in creating a space to remember the fallen

London AIDS Memorial