London Bridge is an urban metropolis where nature is making a comeback – parks, corners and streets are once more becoming vibrant pockets of colour and habitats for ecology to thrive. Seeing nature re-emerging in the heart of the city has inspired the theme of URBAN NATURE for London Bridge Hotel’s third OPEN exhibition. The London Bridge Hotel OPEN project supports local makers and has so far exhibited over 30 artists and 60 artworks. This exhibition includes works in many different mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, installations and photography. Artists exhibiting are: Anna Walsh, Henrietta MacPhee, Gail Seres-Woolfson, Liz Charsley, Lottie Stoddart, Lynn Dennison, Jane Higginbottom, Rod Kitson, Lucy Cooper, Dick Graham, Edori Fertig, Greg Becker, Joanna McCormick, Natalja Sigalova, Stella Yarrow and Lynette Hemmant All work displayed is available to purchase. This exhibition is open until the end of May 2020.
The first four bridges of Illuminated River, the public art commission to light up the bridges of the Thames at night, are now lit! Join official City Guides and experts from the Illuminated River project team, as they take you on a journey under the rivets of London, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium bridges, with Thames Clippers. Back by popular demand, 2020 dates have been released for the Illuminated River Official Boat Tours with Thames Clippers: Thursday | 16 January | 19:30 Saturday | 25 January | 18:30 Thursday | 6 February | 19:30 Saturday | 15 February | 18:30 Thursday | 20 February | 19:30 | Richard Dye, Finance Director at Illuminated River Foundation Saturday | 29 February | 18:30 Thursday | 5 March | 19:30 | Douglas Inglis, Director at Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands Saturday | 14 March | 19:30 Thursday | 19 March | 19:30 | Chris Waite, Director at Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands Saturday | 28 March | 19:30 Saturday | 4 April | 20:30 Thursday | 9 April | 20:30 Saturday | 18 April | 20:30 Thursday | 30 April | 21:00 Saturday | 9 May | 21:00 Thursday | 14 May | 21:30 Saturday | 23 May | 21:30 Tuesday | 26 May | 21:30 Book your tickets now and let the official City of London Guides take you on a journey through time while sailing underneath these architectural, social and historical landmarks of London. Tours start at Tower Pier. Tickets: £7.50 for an adult, £5 for children aged 5-15 years and London Freedom Pass Holders; children aged 0-4 years travel for free but a ticket still needs to be booked. Book tickets Accessibility: Illuminated River Boat Tours depart from Tower Pier and are wheelchair accessible. We can carry two unfolded wheelchairs and an unlimited number when folded. More details here. Passengers with a Disabled I.D. badge/card benefit from the concession rate; please select the London Freedom Pass fare. Visit the Illuminated River Foundation website to learn more about the project.
IMAGE: Untitled (from 1 Cent Life), Tom Wesselmann 10th July, 6.30pm – 8.30pm Eames Fine Art Gallery, 58 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3UD Works on view 10 July – 4 August 2019. The Eames Fine Art auction always has a wide range of works available for visitors to bid on – modern masters like Henri Matisse and Alexander Calder and contemporary artists like Norman Ackroyd and Gail Brodholt. There will be several works without a reserve price, meaning that clients can place whatever bid they like on the work. The rest of the works have a reserve price that is the minimum possible bid. When a work is framed, the price of the frame is included. The auction is secret and silent, and lasts from the opening night for several days afterwards. Bids can be placed either in person or online. Winners will be notified if their bids were successful as soon as possible. There will be over 100 lots of original artworks by Modern Masters and Eames’ favourite contemporary printmakers, all these works will be offered at low reserve prices and you’ll have from the party on the 10th until the following Sunday afternoon to place your secret bids on the works you like. Bids can be placed in the gallery or online at eamesfineart.com. On Monday 15th July the highest bidder for each lot will be contacted to purchase the works at their offered price. There will be more information about the party, full terms and conditions about the auction and a full catalogue of all the lots offered on this site closer to the event eamesfineart.com.
A personal insight into Mark Titchner’s major public art commission at London Bridge Station. Join the artist Mark Titchner to view his work Me. Here. Now located in the Stainer Street walkway, linking St Thomas Street and Tooley Street. The work comprises of three huge polished stainless-steel domes suspended from an arched ceiling reflecting the brickwork above and the movement of everyday life below. Printed with geometric designs and three succinct texts offering a mantra to passersby underneath, Mark Titchner’s work associates the experience of travel and commuting with endurance and the potential to push personal boundaries for self-improvement, reflection and spiritual growth. As part of this event the artist will also speak about his other public realm artworks near Southwark Street. Book free from 30th April Commissioned by Network Rail in collaboration with Futurecity and the London Bridge Art Advisory Group, Me. Here. Now. contributes to the profile of the new Shard Quarter, of which London Bridge station is a key part, and underlines the importance of London Bridge station as a cultural destination in the city. The London Festival of Architecture celebrates London as the global hub for architecture. The festival returns to the capital from 1-30 June 2019 with a lively and diverse programme of public events across London exploring the theme of ‘boundaries’. Click here to see more events that are taking place in London Bridge as part of the LFA. Team London Bridge is a supporter of London Festival of Architecture 2019. We will only contact you with reference to the event you have shown interest in. We may send you information relevant to the event after it has taken place. If you do not wish to be contacted please email email@example.com. We/a third party may be taking photos/filming at this event. Please let us know in advance if you do not wish to be included in this and do not give your permission to have your image used in future by Team London Bridge in relation to this event
The London Festival of Architecture 2019 is a series of over 400 events exploring this year’s theme of ‘Boundaries’ across London, 1-30 June. London Bridge will be a hub area for the second year running, reflecting the importance of the changing built environment and globally-famous, landmark architecture we have here. The programme is designed to offer events that can appeal to anyone: exhibitions and installations, talks and debates, walks and tours, family events, film screenings and a wide range of special events. Highlights of the London Festival of Architecture London Bridge Hub include: Musicity x Low Line 1-30 June Andrew Logan; no boundaries 6 June Architecture for the Dead: Burial Grounds & Crypts 6 June Make Music Day Parade along the Low Line 21 June Tower Bridge 125th Birthday Weekend 29-30 June And a varied selection of guided, themed walks throughout the month. For the full London Bridge hub programme click here. The Boundaries theme for this year lends itself perfectly to London Bridge. Life in cities is all about physical and mental boundaries. We are constrained, ordered and defined by borders, fences and walls that in many ways make us comfortable. For architects, however, boundaries are more than a mundane fact of everyday life: they’re something to be challenged. The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) is Europe’s largest annual architecture event and celebrates London as a global hub of architectural experimentation, practice and debate. The programme is delivered by architecture and design practices and practitioners, cultural and academic institutions, artists and many others. The festival appeals to a huge public audience: in 2018 an estimated 600,000 people attended festival events, most of which were free. londonfestivalofarchitecture.org
Art in London Bridge isn’t confined to traditional galleries; it is waiting to be discovered in all kinds of interesting locations. London Bridge Hotel is a former telephone exchange built in 1916 which is now surrounded by the equally stunning and evolving architecture of London Bridge. To reflect this contrast of historical and modern existing side-by-side, London Bridge Hotel’s General Manager Julio Marques has curated an exhibition which includes 20 different approaches to architecture using a myriad of methods including wood carving, oil paint on concrete, illustration, London’s pubs reimagined, screen printing and painting on silk. For the summer exhibition, London Bridge OPEN exhibiting artists are: Aasiri Wickremage, Adrian Flaherty, Alison Cooke, Ann Dickie, Anna Gibb, Emma Barnie, Cameron Scott, Christina Borg, Gail Seres-Woolfson, Jenna Moore, Kim Youdan, Liz Whiteman Smith, Louise Sheridan, Lottie Stoddart, Octavia Milner and Robert Wilkinson and Shirley Hunter . This free exhibition will run throughout June and beyond. All work displayed will be available to buy. The initiative by partners London Bridge Hotel, Team London Bridge and Southwark Council is an innovative new approach to supporting local artists.
Tracey Emin’s new exhibition ‘A Fortnight of Tears’ at White Cube Bermondsey brings together new painting, photography, large-scale sculpture, film and neon text. The collection stems from Emin’s deeply personal memories and emotions ranging from loss, grief, longing and spiritual love. Three monumental bronze sculptural figures – the largest Emin has produced to date -are shown alongside her lyrical and expressive paintings. Developed through a process of drawing, the paintings are then intensely reworked and added to, layer upon layer. White Cube also debuts a new photographic series by Emin titled ‘Insomnia’. Selected from thousands of self-portraits taken by the artist on her iPhone over the last couple of years, these images spontaneously capture prolonged periods of restlessness and inner turmoil.
New artwork Me. Here. Now by leading South London-based artist Mark Titchner revealed in London Bridge Station. The giant domes that comprise the work ‘Me. Here. Now.’ can be spotted on Stainer Street, the newly reopened passage from Guy’s Hospital through to the River Thames. Titchner has previously been nominated for a Turner Prize, and participated in the Venice Biennale in 2007. ‘Only the first step is difficult/ The distance means nothing / One foot in front of the other Mark Titchner’s artwork consists of three mirrored domes suspended from the ceiling of Stainer Street walkway. The polished stainless steel reflects both the brickwork of the walkway and the movement and colour of everyday life below, giving the visitor an unexpected view of a familiar setting. Read more about the work and the history of Stainer Street.
Doris Salcedo is the latest artist to exhibit at White Cube Bermondsey. The exhibition reflects Salcedo’s continued focus on the experience of mourning and the connection between violence, anonymity and public space. ‘The experience of an individual is always my point of departure. But during the process of making an artwork, I must maintain a distance in order to leave that person intact, untouched. And from there, as soon as I begin working, everything enters into the paradoxical terrain of art.’ In her work Salcedo questions and exposes trauma by exploring its capacity to reveal and connect with grief, carving out a space for mourning that is both poignant and insistent. ‘My work is about the memory of experience, which is always vanishing, not about experiences taken from life’, she has said. The exhibition is open from 28th September – 11th November 2018.
If you visited London Bridge in July, you may have stumbled across the MGAU (Mobile Gull Appreciation Unit) a giant gull shaped artwork by award winning international artist Mark Dion. Gulls are now very much part of the River Thames’ landscape, but often misunderstood. MGAU toured the area to celebrate the unloved Gull, educating its visitors on their behaviour, calls and habits. Photography by Simon Lamrock See what else MGAU got up to at #Gullinthecity Team London Bridge bringing art to the heart of London Bridge. Mark Dion has exhibited at the Whitechapel Gallery and Tate Modern. For more information visit https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/mark-dion-2789 and http://www.folkestoneartworks.co.uk/artists/mark-dion/ Mark Dion’s Mobile Gull Appreciation Unit, commissioned by the Creative Foundation for Folkestone Triennial 2008, now part of Folkestone Artworks. Supported by Potters Fields Management Trust, Ugly Duck, London Bridge Station , Southwark Council, King’s College London and presented by Team London Bridge.