Picture special: London 2012 posters revealed

London 2012 organisers unveil the 12 posters designed for next summer's Olympics and Paralympics

Tracey Emin
British artist Tracey Emin at the unveiling of the London 2012 poster collection Photo: Locog/Getty Images

Tracey Emin

London 2012 organisers have unveiled the 12 official posters for next year’s Games.

The collection, which has been commissioned from some of Britain’s best known artists, is now on show at the Tate Britain gallery and available to buy as posters and limited edition prints.

The series showcase a wide variety of artistic styles and couldn’t be more different from the 1948 Olympic poster – a simple image of a discus thrower from Ancient Greece set against the backdrop of London’s most recognisable landmark, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.

Six of the posters have been designed for the Olympics and six for the Paralympics and the cast of artists include four former winners of the Turner Prize.

A set of the images has been given the Queen for the Royal Collection and they will also be displayed prominently in Downing Street, the Prime Minister’s residence, throughout 2012.

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Anthea Hamilton. Divers. (left) and Bob and Roberta Smith. Love 2012.

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Bridget Riley. Rose Rose. (left) and Chris Ofili. For the Unknown Runner.

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Fiona Banner. ‘Superhuman Nude’. (left) and Gary Hume. Capital.

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Martin Creed. Work No. 1273 (left) and Bob and Howard Hodgkin. Swimming.

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Rachel Whiteread. London 2012 (left) and Sarah Morris. Big Ben.

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Tracey Emin. Birds 2012. (left) and Michael Craig Martin. GO.

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