London Bridge City is excited to host the Ocean Photography Awards exhibition. The awards celebrate our beautiful blue planet and also highlights the many plights it is facing. The exhibition will be held from 18 September – 17 October and encourages visitors to stop and begin their conversation about conservation. The exhibition is part of London Bridge City’s Recycling Week campaign which takes place from 20 September – 26 September highlighting the importance of recycling, sustainability and preventing plastic pollution. Above photo by Sebastien Pontoizeau, finalist for Adventure Photographer of the Year, Ocean Photography Awards.
An exhibition to celebrate the release of A Field Guide to Larking by Lara Maiklem, author of the bestselling Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames Larking is the art of looking for the little treasures that are all around us, on beaches (beachlarking), in fields (fieldlarking), at home (houselarking and gardenlarking) and of course mudlarking in rivers, especially on the Thames, and A Field Guide to Larking is an illustrated guide to how to give it a go yourself. This exhibition brings pages from the book to life with real artefacts: objects from Lara’s own collection and treasures borrowed from other larkers. It also features some of the original illustrations by Johnny Mudlark and Chiz Harwood. The display includes commonly found Thames objects – nails, pottery and buttons, – alongside more rare and unique objects, such as an Iron Age pot, a Roman scabbard chape and medieval Pilgrim badges Many of the pieces are on public display for the first time and each one has its own story to tell. Larking reveals the variety of historic objects that are waiting for the curious eye and also challenges our concept of rubbish. Included in the exhibition are works by ceramic artist Raewyn Harrison and jeweller Liz Willis, both of whom take their inspiration from larking on the river Thames and the artefacts they find. Their work shows how lost and forgotten objects can be transformed and inspire something new and beautiful. A Field Guide to Larking is illustrated by Johnny Mudlark and archaeological illustrator Chiz Harwood. The exhibition is curated by foreshore archaeologist Mike Webber. FREE Entry Larking: The Thames and Beyond is on display in Lancelot’s Link from 21 July – 30 October and entry is via the Cathedral courtyard on the north side of the Cathedral opposite the River Thames. More here.
15 September – 7 November 2021 White Cube Bermondsey White Cube Bermondsey is pleased to present ‘Lazarus’, an exhibition of new works by Ibrahim Mahama, including large-scale installation, sculpture, collage and film. The artist’s third show with the gallery, the works come together to address the passage of time, the notion of obsolescence and the potential for regeneration. The artist’s new groups of collages, which vary in size from the monumental to the domestic, are mostly named after recent popular music titles, all of which address the climate crisis, reflecting the urgent global paradigm shift. Made up from archival notes, drawings, and photographs, the collages combine repeated images of silos and bats with colonial-era maps, bank notebooks, orders and ledgers from the 1960s and 70s; all now defunct paper residue. Echoing the formations of bats, which hang in rhythmic rows from the ceiling of the silos, the collages are informed by a lyrical, topographical patterning. When considered in relation to historical colonial domination – and its effects of blotting out, spoiling and appropriating – the collage technique embodies the many troubled aspects of Ghana’s multi-layered past. More here.
Emma Cousin’s figurative paintings feature dynamic, carnivalesque scenarios that explore the space between realism and fantasy, felt experience and communication. Responding to the limitations of language when used to articulate the complexities of human experience and emotions, Cousin considers how we might interact without it, in pre- or post-linguistic states. Taking this idea of ‘the failure of language to the ultimate point’, she imagines how the gestures of the body would now take over. ‘Introductions | Emma Cousin’ is curated by Capucine Perrot, Associate Director, Artist Liaison. See the exhibition.
‘Rear Window’ is an online exhibition at White Cube, inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s famous 1954 film about the seductions, and the dangers, of looking. Hitchcock returned obsessively to the theme of voyeurism, delighting in forcing on his audience the queasy thrills of the unobserved observer, and implicating them in the associated risks of seeing what one shouldn’t, or misinterpreting what one sees. ‘Rear Window’ is an invitation to consider how artists construct scenes and suggest narratives, use cinematic devices to tease our innate voyeurism, and how they explore and challenge the idea of ‘the gaze’ which Hitchcock’s film was instrumental in formulating. Curated by Susanna Greeves, Director, Museum Liaison, White Cube. Artists: Ellen Altfest, Jeff Burton, Gillian Carnegie, Julie Curtiss, Judith Eisler, Celia Hempton, Danica Lundy, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Laurie Simmons, Jeff Wall and Carrie Mae Weems.\ See the exhibition here.
Whilst you are unable to visit in person, IWM have created an interactive timeline where you’re able to explore the HMS Belfast Story. Discover it’s history, hear the unique stories of those who served on board, and read about the adventures that the Royal Navy cruiser embarked on as a world-touring warship, from the Arctic Circle to East Asia. Explore the timeline here. Image: HMS Belfast leaving Scapa Flow for the Normandy beaches, June 1944. © IWM (A 25665) ©IWM (A 25665)
Part of Totally Thames 2019. A moment or two by the river paints a picture that is by its nature a slow paced affair – boats drift by in both directions seemingly with all the time in the world and no particular destination & a gentle rhythm out of sync in this restless city. Spend an hour looking at the river and time seems to speed up as if trying to match the pace of the city, the fast blue and white clippers seem suddenly everywhere and the pleasure boats packed to the brim bustle by leaving behind trails of sound and laughter. Huge cruise liners and navy ships pulled by tugs put in on occasion to add scale to the speed boats and kayaks that skim precariously about in their wake. The two images shown in this exhibition were captured at different times of the day and each image looks to give an idea of all the activity that took place on the river during a one hour period. The image featuring London Bridge and the Tower of London was taken around 10 a.m. on a Sunday morning just as the river began to wake up and its usual & traffic began to make an appearance. The second image featuring the Shard was taken on a weekday but just one hour later, and what a difference – peak time with the summer buzz in full swing! The two large panoramic images are made up from stitching together around 100 high resolution separate pictures for each panoramic, all taken with the Sigma and Quattro H and Sigma 24-70mm Art lens and the Sigma 70-200mm Sports lens. The north facing image was taken from the Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard at level 52, and the south facing image was taken from the Sky Pod Bar on level 35. Project Partners: The project is supported by the Totally Thames Festival, Team London Bridge, Hewlett-Packard, PressOn, Barratt London, Sigma Imaging, Shangri-La Hotel Shard and Network Rail. Sun 1st – Mon 30th Sep, London Bridge Station.
In celebration of fifty years of the Zandra Rhodes’ label, the Fashion and Textile Museum presents Zandra Rhodes: Fifty Years of Fabulous. This retrospective will highlight 100 key looks, as well as 50 original textiles. This comprehensive exhibition will explore five decades of the distinguished career of a British design legend. The acclaimed British designer Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE founded her eponymous fashion house in 1969 with a small collection. Her prints were Pop Art-infused commentaries on the world of Sixties Britain; the designer felt that there was inherent structure within the pattern that could work with and enhance the shape and construction of a dress. With this concept as a starting point and with her distinctive approach to cut and form, the house of Zandra Rhodes soon became one of the most recognisable labels in London. Exhibition Dates: 27 September 2019 – 26 January 2020 | Book Online Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am – 6pm Thursdays until 8pm Sundays, 11am – 5pm Last admission 45 minutes before closing Closed Mondays Image: Dame Zandra Rhodes. Photograph by Simon Emmett.
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 is a former telephone exchange built in 1916 which is now surrounded by the equally stunning and evolving architecture of London Bridge. To reflect this contrast of historical and modern existing side-by-side, London Bridge Hotel’s General Manager Julio Marques has curated an exhibition which includes 20 different approaches to architecture using a myriad of methods including wood carving, oil paint on concrete, illustration, London’s pubs reimagined, screen printing and painting on silk. For the summer exhibition, London Bridge OPEN exhibiting artists are: Aasiri Wickremage, Adrian Flaherty, Alison Cooke, Ann Dickie, Anna Gibb, Emma Barnie, Cameron Scott, Christina Borg, Gail Seres-Woolfson, Jenna Moore, Kim Youdan, Liz Whiteman Smith, Louise Sheridan, Lottie Stoddart, Octavia Milner and Robert Wilkinson and Shirley Hunter . This free exhibition will run throughout June and beyond. 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.
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