Maggie Smith returns to the theatre for the first time in 12 years in the world premiere of Christopher Hampton’s play A German Life at The Bridge Theatre. The play, drawn from the life and testimony of Brunhilde Pomsel is directed by Jonathan Kent and will have a limited 5 week run. “I had no idea what was going on. Or very little. No more than most people. So you can’t make me feel guilty.” Brunhilde Pomsel’s life spanned the twentieth century. She struggled to make ends meet as a secretary in Berlin during the 1930s, her many employers including a Jewish insurance broker, the German Broadcasting Corporation and, eventually, Joseph Goebbels. Christopher Hampton’s play is based on the testimony she gave when she finally broke her silence to a group of Austrian filmmakers, shortly before she died in 2016. Tickets will be available to the general public from 10am on Tuesday 26 February. Find out more / book tickets
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.
The Fashion and Textile Museum have revealed their next exhibition: Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution, arriving on February 8th 2019. The exhibition will present the fashion, design and art of the Chelsea Set; a group of radical young architects, designers, photographers and artists who were redefining the concept of youth and challenging the established order in 1950s London. At the forefront of this group of young revolutionaries were Mary Quant and Terence Conran. Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution will span the period from 1952 – 1977 and will present fashion, textiles, furniture, lighting, homewares, ceramics and ephemera in an exhibition that explores not only the style but the socioeconomic importance of this transformative period of time. Key pieces include rare and early examples of designs by Conran and Quant, plus the avant-garde artists, designers and intellectuals who worked alongside them, such as designers Bernard and Laura Ashley, sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi and artist and photographer Nigel Henderson. Exhibition Dates: 8 February – 2 June 2019 Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am–6pm Thursdays until 8pm Sundays, 11am–5pm Last admission 45 minutes before closing Closed Mondays 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
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.
Now in its fourth year, BBC Music Day returns on the 28th September to celebrate the power of music to change lives. This pan-BBC initiative features live music events and performances across the UK involving famous musicians, choirs and local community music groups. London Bridge will be one of the train stations collaborating with the BBC to entertain commuters with pop-up performances and surprises, including announcements from Kylie Minogue.
The annual ‘Village Fete in the City‘ returns this September, celebrating the creativity and community of Bermondsey Street. Enjoy a rich and wide variety of experiences that reflect the characterful area at its best; from food and fashion to take-away poems at the Poetry Take Away Van.
‘The best thing about the show was that he made it about us’ – Young audience member Polarbear makes things up: stories, jokes, adventures – he’s a master maker-upper. But where did it all begin? Coming to Unicorn Theatre from September 18th 2018, Mouth Open, Story Jump Out is about the moment that started it all, and how one little decision set off a chain reaction that changed his life forever. International assassins, secret codes, dog-eating boa constrictors and more emerge when a father disappears and a boy discovers a talent for telling tales. An inspiring show about the creative potential inside all of us by one of the UK’s most respected spoken-word artists. Book tickets
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.
HOOKED – now extended until 27 January – is Science Gallery London’s debut exhibition at their new permanent home in London Bridge. The exhibition and events programme will delve into the complex world of addiction and recovery. From gambling to gaming and smartphones to social media, HOOKED questions what makes us as humans vulnerable to addiction and interrogate the underlying factors and routes to recovery. Science Gallery London invites you to challenge the stigmas associated with addiction, consider addiction as a health issue we are all susceptible to, and explore how recovery takes many forms. How and why do we become addicted? What are the processes of individual and societal recovery? How can we protect ourselves and people living with addiction from harm? And does our consumerist society have a hand in feeding addiction? Developed in association with people who have a lived experience of addiction HOOKED features established and up-and-coming artists and photographers from across the globe, including Rachel Maclean’s Feed Me. The dynamic events programme will continue the conversations sparked by the artworks on display in the exhibition. Full events programme and full list of artworks here Image: Feed Me (2013)-5 © Rachel Maclean.jpg