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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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