Tag: Art

London dances The NELKEN Line

Published on 03rd May 2018


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/

Anya Hindmarch’s Love Letter To London

Published on 15th February 2018

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.

Beautiful ‘bollart’ appears on St Thomas Street

Published on 15th September 2017

Commuters using London Bridge station are being welcomed by striking ‘bollart’ that has appeared on St Thomas Street. 72 steel bollards have been transformed and are now dressed with artwork by Jennifer Abessira to create a swath of colour along the southern entrance to the brand new station concourse. MTArt and artist Jennifer Abessira were commissioned by Team London Bridge to create a temporary, creative interpretation of the London Bridge identity to greet commuters and see their journey in a new light.     DON’T THINK TWICE by artist Jennifer Abessira French artist Jennifer Abessira specialises in using images which reflect cultures and communities. She has created ‘Don’t Think Twice’, an assembled collection of London Bridge scenes that symbolise and appose the area’s heritage and contemporary character. Jennifer Abessira – London Bridge Art Bollards – September to November 2017 – Esan Swan and Roy Manuell from MTArt on Vimeo. With partners Network Rail and Costain, Team London Bridge will continue to look at ways of celebrating the London Bridge area in and around the new station, set to open spring 2018. Artist Jennifer Abessira and Marine Tanguy (CEO MTArt) said ‘Places can now be virtual and exist online in a more accessible space than ever before. The selection of archival images for Don’t Think Twice developed through this way that we can now discover landmarks from the internet and the narrative of Jennifer Abessira reveals the heritage and character of London Bridge from a truly contemporary perspective. We couldn’t envisage a better location in which to interpret the London Bridge identity and energise commuters as they experience this colourful interlude in their journeys.’ Nadia Broccardo, Team London Bridge CEO said, ‘The reinvention of something as utilitarian as a bollard to convey the creative vibrancy and heritage of London Bridge is something that will brighten the day of the many thousands of people every day. Rail passengers, visitors to The Shard, Guy’s Hospital patients, King’s College London students and local residents will all have a chance to appreciate this beautiful snapshot of the area’s cultural identity as they make their way along St Thomas Street.’  Don’t Think Twice 15th September – 26th November St Thomas Street, outside of London Bridge Station   Part of the London Design Festival 2017.

Striking new ‘bollart’ to line St Thomas Street

Published on 09th August 2017

The London Bridge area is a cultural hotspot, however our streets and public spaces can be a little backwards in coming forwards. Although there is some excellent public art to be found in isolation, a stroll through the area doesn’t reveal too many indications of the unique heritage and buzzing creative community that helps characterise modern London Bridge.   Along with partners Network Rail, Team London Bridge saw an opportunity to bring a snapshot of the area’s colour and vibrancy to the newly opened entrance to London Bridge station on St. Thomas Street, just meters from the foot of The Shard. MTArt and artist Jennifer Abessira were commissioned to create a temporary, creative interpretation of the London Bridge identity to greet commuters and see their journey in a new light.   French artist Jennifer Abessira is used to such challenges. She specialises in using images which reflect cultures and communities and she assembles them to create a meaningful and colourful narrative.   Don’t Think Twice  15th September – 26th November St Thomas Street, outside of London Bridge Station   For more details about the project click here.