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 OPEN offers the chance to see the work of local artists curated and displayed in the lobby and lounge of the hotel on London Bridge Street, just 50m from London Bridge Station. This very special exhibition showcases the breadth of talent of artists that live, work and study in the London Borough of Southwark. Featured artists: Albeiro Rojas Tomedes, Shirley Hunter, Gail Seres-Woolfson, Henrietta MacPhee, Joanna Brinton, Joanna McCormick, Lloyd Durling, Pablo Rodriguez Blanco, Ray Bridge, Richard Starbuck, Russel Herneman, Stephen Dunn, Steve Chapman and Ying Chang. 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. Feature Image: Ying Chang, Malleable State
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.
Totally Thames returns this September with an unmissable programme of over 100 events on, beneath and along the River Thames. From boat trips and walks, to exhibitions and concerts, the festival’s diverse line-up of arts and culture is a month long celebration of the magnificent River Thames. London Bridge highlights include: Inua Ellams’ R.A.P Party Schools choirs at the Scoop Tower Bridge Bascule Chambers concerts #careersonthethames London Children’s Curriculum Festival on Potters Fields Park Henry Reichhold Connecting London exhibition at London Bridge Station Check out the line up here.
The MGAU has landed in London Bridge. Look out on the streets of London Bridge for the Mobile Gull Appreciation Unit (MGAU), a giant gull shaped artwork by award winning international artist Mark Dion. Seagulls are now very much part of the River Thames’ landscape and MGAU importantly celebrates the unloved Gull. Visit the Unit to find out about their behaviour, calls and mating habits. Pick up an illustrated ‘Field Guide’ designed by the artist, find out information about what’s going on in the London Bridge area or enter our Summer drawing competition. Come and visit MGAU in these locations 11am – 7pm: Monday 16 and Tuesday 17; Melior Place Wednesday 18 – Friday 20; Holyrood Street by Gibbon’s Rent Saturday 21 and Sunday 22; King’s College London – Guy’s Campus, Memorial Gardens Monday 23 – Saturday 28; Potters Fields – beside Tower Bridge (11.30pm start) 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. Photography by Simon Lamrock
Memory defines us, whether the personal memories that shape our sense of self or the collective, cultural and historical memories on which societies build their identities. Located across White Cube’s London galleries at Bermondsey and Mason’s Yard, Memory Palace is articulated by an architectural framework that leads the viewer through six broad themes of memory: Historical, Autobiographical, Traces, Transcription, Collective and Sensory. Find out more.
Here’s this month’s array of events and activities taking place this June in the vibrant area of London Bridge… #AtLondonBridge Top 5 1. London Bridge Open Kitchen | Tooley Street | 29th & 30th June The biggest London Bridge Open Kitchen yet returns this June, celebrating the area’s thriving food and drink scene. This year’s annual feast will take place over 2 days in front of the brand new London Bridge station. Free to enter, the festival brings an array of incredible restaurants and bars out onto the street, including Tom Simmons, Londrino, The Coal Shed, Flour & Grape, Santo Remedio and Hawksmoor. Book your FREE ticket/ find out more 2. London Bridge City’s Summer by the River – London Bridge City Riverside – Throughout June London Bridge City’s Summer by the River is set to return to the banks of the Thames this June with a 3 month long line-up promising an exciting array of events and entertainment. Stretching along the riverside from London Bridge to Tower Bridge, the free English country garden themed festival will play host to music performances, live comedy, outdoor cinema screenings and much more, with each day of the week based around a different theme. Find out more 3. London Festival of Architecture in London Bridge – Various Locations – Throughout June For the first time, London Bridge has become a hub for the festival, hosting a packed timetable of exciting events and experiences around the area. From exclusive preview tours of the Science Gallery London, to Yoga sessions at One Tower Bridge – check out the full timetable. Find out more 4. Make Music Day UK in London Bridge – Various Locations – 21st June Make Music Day is a free celebration of music around the world. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 800 cities in 120 countries. Join in the celebrations in London Bridge as London-based Kinetika Bloco lead a carnival-style procession from the north side of the Thames starting at 6:00pm, across London Bridge, before weaving through the More London Estate. Find out more 5. My Name is Lucy Barton Bridge Theatre | 3rd-23rd June Three-time Academy Award and four-time Tony nominee Laura Linney makes her London debut as Lucy Barton in The Bridge Theatre’s June production. Unsteady after an operation, Lucy Barton wakes to find her mother sitting at the foot of her bed. She hasn’t seen her in years, and her visit brings back to Lucy her desperate rural childhood, and her escape to New York. As she begins to find herself as a writer, she is still gripped by the urgent complexities of family life. Book tickets More in London Bridge 1st and 8th , 15th, 22nd, 29th June – Émigré Architect DRMM Film Screening* 2nd June – Provisions Artisan Market – Courage Yard* 2nd June – Bridging Identities: Shad Thames Reinvented* 4th June – Yoga on the Beat – The Scoop 4th June – Mindful Monday – London Bridge Hive 5th June – Vine to Glass Wine Tasting – WSET School London 5th , 12th, 13th, 20th, 26th, June – London Bridge Revealed Guided Walks* 6th and 20th June – Science Gallery London Site Tour* 7th June – Brass Hysteria – The Scoop 7th June – Interactive Music Workshop – London Bridge Hive 7th, 21st, 28th June – Yoga in the Podium Garden – One Tower Bridge Until 10th June – Ardyn Halter, Paintings and Screen Prints – Eames Fine Art 16th June – Gelato E Architecture – Casswell Bank Architects* 16th June – London Reimagined – Tower Bridge* 18th June – Veuve Clicquot & Cloudy Bay Wine Tasting – Vivat Bacchus 17th June – Havana Londres: The Cuban Dance School in London – Summer by The River 19th June – Monet and Architecture Lecture – London Bridge Hive* 21st June – Architectural Tour of Borough Market – DLA Design* 23rd June – Sardine Festival – Londrino / Jose/ Elliotts 25th June – Mediterranean Cheese Night – London Bridge 30th June – Kids Plant Workshop – Hay’s Galleria 30th June – Talk – Arrival: Celebrating Windrush and the communities who followed – City Hall *Part of London Festival Architecture, click here for full line up in London Bridge Throughout June Beatriz Milhazes Rio Azul – White Cube Bermondsey Not Now Bernard – Unicorn Theatre Sensacional – Unicorn Theatre
Immerse yourself in the nostalgia of 90s culture at the Don’t Look Back in Anger exhibition, coming to the Underdog Gallery for one night only this July. Celebrating 90s British life through art, visitors will be transported back to the last years of the 20th century, in an interactive evening of retro nostalgia. The ticketed event will include art, food, live music, board games and screenings. All art showcased on the night will be for sale, and available for purchase online following the event. Buy Tickets Highlight Nation is a platform dedicated to the nurturing of up and coming talent, whilst the Underdog Gallery continues to represent some of the finest mid-level and established artists. This collaboration is the first of its kind, and comes less than a year after Highlight Nation’s debut 2Pac – Changes art exhibition in September 2017.