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.
Here’s this month’s array of events and activities taking place this May in the vibrant area of London Bridge… Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern | Fashion Textile Museum | Opens 25th May Orla Kiely is one of the UK and Ireland’s most successful designers. Featuring over 150 patterns and products, as well as collaborations with photographers, film directors and architects, Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern emphasises the role of ornament and colour in our everyday lives. With unique access to the company archives, the exhibition offers a privileged insight into the designer’s world. Book Tickets Nightfall | Bridge Theatre | 1st– 26th May How do you make a future when you can’t escape the past? Rising star Barney Norris explores theme of love, loss and family in the Bridge Theatre’s new production. What you believed in seemed to vanish overnight. So how are you going to live now? One family struggling in the heart of the country looks for a star to steer by as they try to plot a route out of the dark they’ve been pitched into. “Remember the name Barney Norris. He’s a new writer in his twenties, but already outstanding.” – The Times Book Tickets London Pizza Festival | Borough Market | 20th May The London Pizza Festival returns to Borough Market’s Jubilee Place on Sunday 20th May, bringing with it several slices of cheesy goodness. There’s six pop up pizzerias to choose from and you can wash it all down with a glass of pale ale, which is included in your ticket price. Tickets are available from the Young & Foodish website. Days of Poland Festival | Potters Fields Park | 6th May Join in the fun at Potters Fields Park this weekend as the biggest Polish Festival in the UK returns to London. This family friendly festival will introduce Londoners and visitors to traditional and contemporary Polish music, arts and cuisine. FREE event. More in May 4th- 20th May – A Solo Exhibition by Sculptor Ray Readdy – The Underdog Gallery 5th May – Open Studio – Eames Fine Art 8th May – VB’s Wine, Cheese & General Knowledge Quiz – Vivat Bacchus 10th May – Food & Wine Pairing – WSET School London 12th May – Noisepicker Album Launch – The Underdog Gallery Until 13th May – Anita Klein, These Fleeting Days – Eames Fine Art 14th May – Marvellous Malbec Wine Tasting – Vivat Bacchus 17th May – The Book People at Cottons and No.1 London Bridge – London Bridge City 18th May – Jenny Chandler in Borough Market Demo Kitchen – Borough Market 19th May – Magnificent Machines – Tower Bridge 19th May – Music Weekender – Retribution Alive – The Underdog Gallery 20th May – London Pizza Festival – Borough Market 21st – 25th May – VB’s Annual South African Wine Festival – Vivat Bacchus 22nd May – Introduction to Old World Classic Wines – WSET School London 27th May – Not Now Bernard – Unicorn Theatre 29th – 30th May – What are Teenagers For? Drama Workshop – Unicorn Theatre 31st May – Shake Juggle and Roll: Dance, Circus and Movement 2 day Workshop – Unicorn Theatre 31st May – Free Family Activities – Jumping Buses (London History Day) – Tower Bridge Throughout May Beatriz Milhazes – Rio Azul – White Cube Bermondsey Sensacional – Unicorn Theatre Baby Show – Unicorn Theatre Bridge House States Exhibition – Tower Bridge Tower Bridge Engine Rooms – Tower Bridge Family Experience – The View from The Shard Regulars Every Wednesday – Weekly Quiz with Dimbleby Cancer Care – Draft House Tower Bridge Every Wednesday and Saturday – Yoga in The Walkways – Tower Bridge Every Friday – Live Music Evenings – Oblix East Every Saturday and Sunday – Market Day – Maltby Street Market
An exhibition dedicated to one of UK and Ireland’s most successful designers. Orla Kiely’s stylised graphic patterns are innovative, influential and instantly recognisable. With a global audience in thrall to the rhythms and repeats of her designs, this exhibition explores the power of decoration to transform the way we feel. Featuring over 150 patterns and products, as well as collaborations with photographers, film directors and architects, Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern emphasises the role of ornament and colour in our everyday lives. With unique access to the company archives, the Fashion & Textile Museum offers a privileged insight into the designer’s world – how she works, what has inspired her, and why her facility with pattern has produced designs that have resonated around the world. Meet Orla Kiely and see the exhibition at a special preview event on May 24th. Book here. Tickets Advance booking online is recommended but tickets may be purchased in person on the day of the visit, subject to availability ££9.90 adults* / £8.80 concessions* / £7 students * Includes 10% gift aid Children under 12 are free. Book Online
People from across London came together on Sunday 22nd April to dance The NELKEN Line, as part of The Pina Bausch Foundation’s world-wide participatory project. This famous sequence is from the Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter line from NELKEN, 1982 by iconic German choreographer Pina Bausch. Watch out for familiar sights as the dancers weave their way through the London Bridge area, led by world-renowned dance artist Dickson Mbi. The venture forms part of a global project created in partnership with the Pina Bausch Foundation, Team London Bridge, London Bridge City, Potters Fields Management Trust, Network Rail, King’s College (Guy’s Campus) and Southwark Council. Read more about The NELKEN-Line Project. An Interview with Dickson Mbi https://vimeo.com/266354950/49e277a81c. Dickson Mbi will feature in the BBC Four programme Tuesday, 8 May at 19.30 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b2lx9h. He can also be seen performing his own work at Sadler’s Wells on 5 and 6 June at 8pm https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2018/akram-khan-company-portraits-in-otherness/
New paintings and monoprints by acclaimed artist Anita Klein. Her work is an archive of personal moments that everyone can identify with. Witty, charismatic, warm and poignant, she is one of Britain’s finest and most prominent artist and printmakers of the 21st century. “Making a linocut in 10 or 11 colours is like slowly building up a painting. Each colour reacts with those underneath it and throws up surprises which suggest the next colour. The whole process is an absorbing game with its own rules which just ask to be broken” – Anita Klein, 2017 19 April – 13 May at Eames Fine Art Gallery
Here’s this month’s array of events and activities taking place this April in the vibrant area of London Bridge… Harlot Supper Club | 13th & 14th April | Spianata Bakery Join The Elmore Jam at Spianata Bakery for a special Harlot Supper Club showcasing Zac Whittle’s seasonal five course menu. Complete with a jazz trio playing all night long, The Elmore Jam strive to make their events very lively and sociable for all; expect a Negroni on arrival, snacks, nibbles and dancing! Tickets £49.50 Beatriz Mihazes Rio Azul | From 18th April | White Cube Bermondsey White Cube Bermondsey present a large-scale exhibition of works by Beatriz Milhazes. This exhibition foregrounds Milhazes’ explorations in a variety of media including painting, installation, sculpture and collage and her first ever tapestry: a unique, major work created especially for the show. Free Entry 5 Easy Pieces | 27th – 28th April | Unicorn Theatre Since 2012, the Unicorn has programmed a strand of work for adults that invites us to think about how children experience our society. This year’s show by highly regarded and controversial Swiss director, Milo Rau, deals with some of our greatest fears and taboos. In Five Easy Pieces, seven children aged 9 – 14 recreate the interviews and statements of those affected by Marc Dutroux, Belgium’s notorious serial killer. Book Tickets Hiver Spring Party | 6th April | Hiver Beers Arch Spring is upon us along with the arrival of flowers in bloom and bees a-buzzing, Hiver Beers will be celebrating the first of their limited edition seasonal beers; The Honey Gose. Join them at the Hiver arch, (just past Maltby St Market) for a Spring party with live music, street-food and workshops. Free tickets A Political History of the Human Corpse | 26th April | The Old Operating Theatre The Old Operating Theatre & Herb Garret hosts a talk by author Ruth Richardson on the topic of death and the body in 19th century England. Ruth analyses the subject drawing on many disciplines to explore the fundamental issues of folklore and science, life and death and the political struggles surrounding ownership of the body in the 19th century. Tickets £8 – £10 More in April 3rd April – Meerlust & Rustenberg – A Taste Off – Vivat Bacchus 6th April – Cool Crochet with Katie Jones – Fashion & Textile Museum 8th April – Kamiak Marching Band Performance – London Bridge City Until 8th April – Eddie Peake Exhibition – White Cube Bermondsey 10th April – VB’s, Cheese & General Knowledge Quiz – Vivat Bacchus 12th April – Paint a T-Shirt with Sarah Campbell – Fashion & Textile Museum From 14th April – Time to See Photography Exhibtion – London Bridge CIty Until 15th April – Join the Fiesta – The View from the Shard Until 15th April – Julius Caesar – The Bridge Theatre Until 15th April – Harvey Daniels Watercolours – Eames Fine Art Until 15th April – Baby Show – Unicorn Theatre From 19th April – Anita Klein, These Fleeting Days – Eames Fine Art 19th April – BoshFest at Borough – Borough Market 21st April – Family Activity, Bobbing Boats – Tower Bridge 24th April – St Andrew’s Cathedral School Choir Performance – London Bridge City From 25th April – Sencational – Unicorn Theatre Regulars Every Wednesday – Weekly Quiz with Dimbleby Cancer Care – Draft House Tower Bridge Every Wednesday and Saturday – Yoga in The Walkways – Tower Bridge Every Friday – Live Music Evenings – Oblix East Every Saturday and Sunday – Market Day – Maltby Street Market Throughout April T-Shirt: Cult – Culture – Subversion – Fashion & Textile Museum The UK’s Highest Virtual Reality Experience – The View From The Shard Climb Aboard the HMS Belfast – HMS Belfast Bridge House Estates Exhibition – Tower Bridge Exhibition
White Cube Bermondsey present a large-scale exhibition of works by Beatriz Milhazes. This exhibition foregrounds Milhazes’ explorations in a variety of media including painting, installation, sculpture and collage and her first ever tapestry: a unique, major work created especially for the show. Milhazes has said: ‘I want to have optical movements, disturbing things; such visions that your eyes would be disturbed when you see them.’ Creating what she has termed a ‘dialogue between symbolism and materiality’, achieved through a dense process of physical and conceptual layering, her works employ an abundance of form and colour to offer a vertiginous visual experience. Preview: Tuesday 17 April, 6-8pm Beatriz Mihazes
London Hat Week 2018, Fashion & Textile Museum and London Bridge Hive, 22-28 March With a collection of more than 80 hat related events across London including over 50 classes, The Great Hat Exhibition, styling events, the London Hat Walk and even some millinery magic, #LHW18 is set to be the biggest and best yet! The festivities begin on the 22nd with a take over of the Fashion and Textile Museum for a full evening of fashion, friends and fabulous hats: book your tickets and view the full schedule here. HMS Belfast Birthday Weekender, HMS Belfast, 17th & 18th March Head to HMS Belfast and help celebrate her 80th birthday on the weekend of 17 – 18 March. Enjoy a slice of birthday cake created by Sophie Faldo, the 2017 winner of The Great British Bake Off, grab a souvenir photo in our Birthday Photobooth and try out some temporary tattoos to complete your Naval look! More info. Taste the Greatness of Northern Ireland, Borough Market, 14th-17th March Borough Market will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day by showcasing the culinary delights of Northern Ireland from 14th-17th March. The regional showcase will bring to life a fantastic array of produce sourced from this small, yet mighty, region, with a longstanding heritage in food and drink. Michael Forbes Exhibition, The Underdog Gallery, Until March 18th The Underdog Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition by British pop surrealist artist Michael Forbes, an almost entirely self-taught Pop Surrealist artist. His paintings are an extraordinary visual record of his thoughts and dreams, often journeying into the subconscious. Open until 18th March. Free entry. More events in London Bridge this March Until 11th March- Seesaw – Unicorn Theatre 12th March – Bordeaux Wine Dinner – Aqua Shard 14th March – The Book People – Cottons Centre & No.1 London Bridge – London Bridge City 15th March – Film Night: Gates of Heaven– The Old Operating Theatre Until 17th March – Counterfit – Bermondsey Project Space 19th March – Vivat Bacchus Own Wines – Wine Tasting – Vivat Bacchus From 21st March – Harvey Daniels, Watercolours – Eames Fine Art 23rd March – Anthony Gold Red Nose Day Bake Sale – London Bridge City 23rd – 24th March – Version A – Unicorn Theatre 24th March – Earth Hour – London Bridge City From 24th March – Beginners – Unicorn Theatre 26th March – Cheese at London Bridge: Britain vs France – Vivat Bacchus 30th March – Travel Photographer of the Year Exhibition – London Bridge City 31st March Easter Egg Hunt with Fantasy High Street – London Bridge City Every Wednesday – Weekly Quiz with Dimbleby Cancer Care – Draft House Tower Bridge Every Wednesday and Saturday – Yoga in The Walkways – Tower Bridge Every Friday – Live Music Evenings – Oblix East Every Saturday and Sunday – Market Day – Maltby Street Market Throughout March Julius Caesar – The Bridge Theatre Eddie Peake Exhibition – White Cube Bermondsey He Xiangu Exhibition – White Cube Bermondsey Doubt, Lent Exhibition – Southwark Cathedral T-Shirt: Cult – Culture – Subversion – Fashion & Textile Museum The UK’s Highest Virtual Reality Experience – The View From The Shard Climb Aboard the HMS Belfast – HMS Belfast A Tale of Two Southwark’s Exhibition – Roast Bridge House Estates Exhibition – Tower Bridge Exhibition
Doubt is the latest in Southwark Cathedral’s series of Lent installations. Each year an artist is invited to provide an existing work or site specific piece to act as a focus for contemplation and reflection during Lent. Conceived by internationally renowned artist Susie MacMurray, this year’s piece conveys Doubt through the connections of the weight of darkness and uncertainty suspended from above. It stems from a conversation Susie had with a soldier who had served in Afghanistan at the time she was installing Cloud in The Great Hall in Winchester, 2014. The soldier spoke about how all the time he was in the war zone he felt a dark weight hovering behind his neck. It made Susie think of 40 days and 40 nights. Read more about the installation February 14th – March 30th at Southwark Cathedral.
If you’re in London Bridge on Friday 16th February make sure you look up to catch a glimpse of one of the giant chubby heart balloons suspended over and in London’s famous landmarks by Anya Hindmarch. The British designer’s art installation “Chubby hearts over London” was conceived as a love letter to the capital and its iconic architecture. “The idea for this project came to me whilst sitting in a packed Royal Festival Hall. I was in awe of the resilience of Londoners and its visitors,” Anya Hindmarch explains. “Tying giant helium-filled chubby hearts onto buildings all over the city is simply a ‘surprise love letter to London’ as a tribute to its strength and to celebrate our amazing creative city”. From February 14 to February 20, Londoners are invited to follow and share #CHUBBYhearts, as the balloons float across destinations including The Scoop at London Bridge, The Ritz London, Granary Square, and Westminster Cathedral. This project is in partnership with the Mayor of London, The City of Westminster, and the British Fashion Council.