The 62 Group of Textile Artists presents The Skill of Narrative & Stitched Textiles, the third talk in their popular annual lecture series at the Fashion and Textile Museum. This online lecture will introduce 62 Group members Emily Jo Gibbs and Richard McVetis and their respective projects The Value of Making and The Potential of Stitch. The Value of Making (a series of hand stitched portraits of makers) by Emily Jo Gibbs Emily investigates how by taking the time to slowly describe someone in stitch you convey your admiration. Celebrating people who make things by the investment of time in making their portraits, a quiet, thoughtful act of care and value. Emily will describe how this project grew out of a collaboration with Bridget Bailey exploring how one might make a portrait of an Artist and evolved into the championing of people who make things for a living, depicting them through the tools that they use. Initially Emily chose seven contemporary Makers whose work she admired because of their design aesthetic, making skills and materiality, across a broad range of disciplines. Katie Treggiden wrote, ‘there are things Emily is able to articulate through the physically invested work of stitching…. that might elude both writers and photographers’. Gibbs will conclude by talking about her latest project that continues the conversation The Potential of Stitch by Richard McVetis This paper explores a 15-year fascination and obsession with a single stitch technique and how the expressive properties of this process have enabled Richard to visualise abstract concepts such as Time and Space. It is through stitch and making that Richard investigate time and place. Using hand embroidery, he records his time through multiples of dots, lines, and crosses meticulously stitched. Each drawn mark or stitch is a mantra; the stitches become markers of lived time. This seemingly humble, inconsequential repetitive action often overlooked and dismissed as part of the mundane. Connotations of the domestic reduce these actions to the field of the home, of the amateur, for Richard, however, it restores a sense of order. It informs a more profound comprehension and connection to the world. There is intimacy in this labour-intensive way of making; the ritual and repetition create an in-depth focus and an internal Space-Time specific to the artist. This thinking will be explored through a series of McVetis’s recent artworks, whilst also referring to the practice of Agnes Martin and Vija Celmins, whose deep focus and skill helped translate feelings and the world around them. Book now.
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With social distancing still in place and tensions running high, London-based artist Marcus Lyall invites you to ‘Scream The House Down‘ in his new interactive public artwork. Lyall has transformed a soon-to-be-demolished office block on Southwark Street, inviting the public to vocalise their inner frustrations and power a large-scale light installation. Join a Zoom call and watch your outburst illuminate a four storey office building. The louder and longer the outburst, the bigger the response from the building. The building interprets every voice and scream differently, to create a unique response for each guest. The artwork is designed as a safe and constructive excuse for people to release their inner tension. ‘Primal Scream therapy’ has long been investigated as beneficial for psychological issues such as depression and anxiety. While the artist makes no medical claims, a long and loud shout may be a good way to relieve inner tensions. You can participate using any device that supports the Zoom app. Please scream responsibility. You can also submit short films of your scream via email at email@example.com. Screams will be played to the building each night and the results posted the next day on the Scream The House Down Youtube channel. Opening hours for participating 16th June – 4th July Tuesday – Saturday 8.30pm – 12.30am This installation is produced by not-for-profit arts organisation Illuminate Productions, in partnership with New Art Projects and Nursery Theatre.
Following its reopening, the London Bridge Hotel welcomes visitors to experience Urban Nature, the third OPEN exhibition of its kind, featuring artists and makers from the local area. About the exhibition London Bridge is an urban metropolis where nature is making a comeback – parks, corners and streets are once more becoming vibrant pockets of colour and habitats for ecology to thrive. Seeing nature re-emerging in the heart of the city has inspired the theme of URBAN NATURE for London Bridge Hotel’s third OPEN exhibition. The London Bridge Hotel OPEN project supports local makers and has so far exhibited over 30 artists and 60 artworks. This exhibition includes works in many different mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, installations and photography. Artists exhibiting are: Anna Walsh, Henrietta MacPhee, Gail Seres-Woolfson, Liz Charsley, Lottie Stoddart, Lynn Dennison, Jane Higginbottom, Rod Kitson, Lucy Cooper, Dick Graham, Edori Fertig, Greg Becker, Joanna McCormick, Natalja Sigalova, Stella Yarrow and Lynette Hemmant All work displayed is available to purchase. The hotel’s ambient Quarter Bar and Lounge is now open to visitors, offering an impressive cocktail list and bar food menu. As part of the Eat Out to Help Out initiative, diners will receive a 50% discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks (up to a maximum of £10 discount per person).
White Cube Bermondsey presents a major solo exhibition by Anselm Kiefer encompassing large-scale painting and installation. Find out more Image: Anselm Kiefer, ‘Il mistero delle cattedrali‘, South Gallery 2011
White Cube Bermondsey presents the first European solo exhibition by Harmony Hammond (b.1944, Chicago). The American artist, curator, author and activist was a pivotal figure of the feminist art movement in New York, co-founding in 1972, A.I.R., the first women’s cooperative art gallery in the city, and the journal Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics in 1977. Hammond’s earliest feminist work combined gender politics with Post-Minimalist concerns for material and process, frequently occupying a space between painting and sculpture – a focus that continues to this day.
‘The Real: Three Propositions’ presents paintings and drawings by Peter Dreher, Konrad Klapheck and Des Lawrence, all of whom use precise, figurative styles to depict people, places and things. These artists merge realms of appearance and consciousness to varying degrees in their work, intermixing objectivity and subjectivity as they conjure things and their meanings in two dimensions. At a time when images and information, factual and fictional, circulate instantaneously, they ask the viewer to slow down and to consider how matter and mind intertwine when the world is re-envisioned. Find out more
Artists and creative spirits began to settle in the London Bridge area in the early 1970s and their influence on the area is clear to see today. One of these early pioneers was sculptural artist Andrew Logan. A key figure in London’s cultural life, Andrew’s London Bridge journey has taken him from the pre-renovated warehouses of Butler’s Wharf, to his more recent residence in the Glasshouse on Melior Place. One of Britain’s principal sculptural artists, he challenges convention, mixes media and plays with our artistic values. Sculptor, jeweller, performance artist, trained architect, and founder of Alternative Miss World, Andrew Logan has ignored conventional boundaries to produce a body of work that delights us today. Andrew will take us through his life’s works and influences and reflect on his relationship with the London Bridge area over the past five decades. For more about Andrew Logan visit his website andrewlogan.com Photography: David Hand Book free 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’. Team London Bridge is a supporter of London Festival of Architecture 2019.
Gnomus – Caretaker of the Earth By Puppets with GUTS Come and meet Gnomus who will be checking every leaf and every flower in the London Bridge area to inspire a new generation of conservationists. Gnomus, the caretaker of plants and stories, unearths untold facts about climate change and the environment. This bumbling, gentle giant is kind and friendly engaging families in themes of extinction and conservation. Recommended for ages 6 and over. Commissioned and presented by Team London Bridge, National Parks City Week and Potters Fields Park Management Trust, with funding from Arts Council England. Dates and times Melior Street Community Garden, 60 – 68 St Thomas Street, SE1 3QU – Friday 26 July – 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm Potters Fields Park, Tooley Street, SE1 2AA – Saturday 27 July – 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm St. John’s Churchyard, Tower Bridge Road / Tooley Street, SE1 2AJ – Saturday 27 July 1pm & 3pm FREE atlondonbridge.com puppetswithguts.com
White Cube Bermondsey presents Sarah Morris’s first solo show in the UK in six years; Machines do not make us into Machines. Featuring paintings, films, a site-specific wall painting as well as the artist’s first sculptural work, the exhibition reflects Morris’s interest in networks, typologies, architecture, language and the city. Employing an architecture of colourful and abstract forms, Morris’s paintings play on the viewer’s sense of visual recognition. She incorporates a wide range of references, from the graphic identity of multinational corporations and the structure of urban transport systems to the iconography of maps, GPS technology, as well as the movement of people within urban areas. Visit website 17th April – 30th June
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