Open House London is the world’s largest architecture festival, giving free public access to 800+ buildings, walks, talks and tours over one weekend in September each year. London Bridge has plenty of important architectural feats to explore and admire, with this year’s participants including: The View from The Shard Science Gallery London Unicorn Theatre Shad Thames Water Tower City Hall Anise Gallery The Low Line walking tour Illuminated River Boat Tour with Thames Clippers The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret The Dixon White Cube 83 & 85 Weston Street King’s College London: Museum of Life Sciences There are over 800 buildings taking part this year. For a full listing and to plan your weekend visit openhouselondon.org.uk Sunday 22 September is also London Car Free Day, so look out for participating streets and activities.
See the creation of River Thames through live art as part of Totally Thames 2019. Join Trapped in Zone One as they create a new artwork at London Bridge Hive through the art of typography from the response to the question ‘What does River Thames mean to you?’ Audience participation in the creation of this work is integral and they’re asking the public to submit their suggestions through Twitter using the hashtag #JustTypeRiver Share your hidden untold stories and close memories to what the River Thames means to you. Collating this information ahead of the live art event will help Trapped in Zone One to form and structure the river’s outline around the messages, thoughts and stories that get sent and posted. BOOK HERE Sun 8 Sep, 12pm – 5pm Suitable for all ages
Part of Totally Thames 2019 Date and performance times: Friday 6 September 7 – 8pm Location: London Bridge Station, main concourse, next to Tooley Street entrance Sea shanties and maritime songs old and new. Ranging from raucous roof-raisers to tender ballads, from South Australia to Newfoundland via the Outer Hebrides. Stamp your feet, clap your hands and sing your hearts out. The London Sea Shanty Collective are a community choir based in Dalston who have sung across the UK and Ireland. @londonshanty on Twitter LondonSeaShantyCollective on Facebook Presented by Team London Bridge with support from Network Rail.
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.
Free entry Science Gallery London, King’s College London, Great Maze Pond, London SE1 9GU We all experience anxiety to some extent during our lives. A new exhibition and events season at Science Gallery London combines art, design, psychology and neuroscience to highlight positive and creative responses when dealing with anxiety. ON EDGE: Living in an Age of Anxiety reflects on individual experiences, the environmental and societal factors that can cause worry or stress and explores our evolutionary impulse to be on alert. Drawing on research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London, the season reflects the perspectives of a range of artists, scientists, young people and those with lived experience of anxiety. The free exhibition includes many new commissions developed by artists working in collaboration with researchers from King’s.
Kids’ Choir; a key music education project for the Thames Festival Trust, will perform at The Scoop as part of Totally Thames Festival. Primary schools from all over London embark on a year-long singing programme under the guidance of conductor Richard Frostick. They learn new music and performance skills which they show off in an amazing concert at the Scoop, by the river Thames in front of a huge audience in September. Part of Totally Thames 2019. 1pm – 1.45pm
Join ZSL in a virtual reality journey beneath the surface of the Thames. Located beside No.1 London Bridge on the Queen’s Walk riverpath, ZSL’s virtual reality portal by the Thames will take you on a thrilling journey below the surface of London’s great river. As you ‘swim’ along you’ll join ZSL’s conservation team in discovering incredible wildlife that lives below the surface. Challenge your friends and family to see who can discover the most species and keep an eye out for some surprises along the way! ZSL is a conservation charity, working in the Thames and around the world to stop wild animals going extinct. This virtual reality experience is part of ZSL’s celebration of the river through our Mother Thames campaign. ZSL believe that the River Thames is London’s wildlife secret. Porpoises, seals and seahorses live in the Thames along with eels and smelt (the fish that smells like cucumber). Many of these amazing animals are born and raised in the river, or Mother Thames as we like to call her. What may look like murky water is a river thriving with life, and ZSL is working to ensure it stays that way. Together with partners and volunteers we’re making great progress – from being declared biologically dead in the 1950s, the River Thames is now a hub of life thanks to dedicated conservation efforts. The Thames needs all of us to ensure a future for its wildlife. Join ZSL’s #MotherThames campaign as they celebrate the secret wildlife in the capital city and work with them to protect it. This experience is free and open to all. As a charity, ZSL rely on donations for our wildlife-saving work. If you would like to support ZSL there is a contactless card donation point at the experience, and all donations are greatly appreciated! Part of Totally Thames 2019.
Seed is Circumference’s latest renewable spectacle for the whole family, a positive vision for a greener future featuring aerialists, acrobats and live music. An experiment in ethical production that asks what we stand to gain from a greener future and how we get there, Seed will be made with crowdsourced reused materials and encourage greater connection with our local natural environment in conversation with Bermondsey Street Bees, Potters Fields Park and local tree planting charities. Enjoy some outdoor circus fun, bring a plant, a small disposable object or an item of clothing to incorporate into our growing installation, and plant a seed to take home. This work in progress by Circumference is commissioned by Team London Bridge and presented by Potters Fields Park Management Trust. Supported by Arts Council England. 7 & 8 August Performances 1pm, 2pm, 4pm, and 5pm. Potters Fields Park FREE circumference.org.uk IMAGE: Richard Davenport
Saturday 29 June – Monday 30 September, daily • Situated on the external piers of Tower Bridge • Admission FREE Part of the City of London’s architectural arts programme, Fantastic Feats: The Building of London, Tower Bridge is working with Bermondsey-based All Things Studio to create an outdoor Victorian diorama offering passers-by a glimpse into some of the alternative river crossing designs presented to the City of London’s special committee in 1876. From the fanciful to the downright farcical – the diorama offers an intriguing view into what London’s skyline could have looked like. For more information on the 125 anniversary weekend visit: towerbridge.org.uk/125
Shobana Jeyasingh Dance: Fluid Boundaries Fri 14 June, 12.30-12.45pm & 1.30-1.45pm Working with professional dancers, architects and the local community, leading British contemporary dance company, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and architecture practice, ft’work, explore the intricacies and architecture of Guy’s Courtyard at King’s College London in London Bridge. Through dance and movement they are taking over the space to explore complex physical, social and cultural boundaries. Participants are invited to join the community ensemble during their lunch hour to challenge perceptions about a space they see and walk through every day. Fluid Boundaries is a collaboration with ft’work for the London Festival of Architecture. The project will be overseen by Shobana and architect Clare Richards, the founder of ft’work. Participants from Oaklands School and Mulberry School for Girls in Tower Hamlets and Green Candle Dance Company will work closely with company dancers and ft’work architects to create two inter-generational, site-responsive dance works. ft’work is a not-for-profit architectural practice committed to creating thriving communities and ensuring that social principles are adopted as a fundamental component of good design and development. Fluid Boundaries is part of the London Festival of Architecture 2019 programme. #LFA2019 www.shobanajeyasingh.co.uk. Guy’s Courtyard, King’s College London Guy’s Campus (opp. Science Gallery London) Great Maze Pond, St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9GU FREE Twitter: @SJeyasinghDance | Instagram: @shobanajeyasinghdance