Inspired by the shocking statistic that three quarters of young people in the UK spend less time outdoors than prisoners, Zoo Humans sees The UPG Team bring their distinctive performance-parkour and David Attenborough’s smooth narrative to a group of humans on the verge of forgetting how to move. Join us for these free, outdoor performances. Times vary, please check www.danceumbrella.co.uk for details Presented in partnership with Team London Bridge with King’s College London and Woolwich Cultural Destinations. The UPG team will perform in London Bridge on Thursday 10th October. Guy’s Courtyard London Bridge SE1 9GU
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We all know how easy it is to snap a great view, especially when an opportunity is offered from the top of a tall building, but many of us find it far harder to capture it in a drawing or a sketch. Capturing the essence of a skyline in a drawing or a sketch while on the move is something more to accomplish. We are often limited in looking only from the ground up, but the London Bridge area provides a wealth of taller buildings that offer unique angles to observe the boundary that is the skyline. We will begin with a drawing of a skyline view and then walk into the skyline, drawing as we go. Saturday 22nd June 2019 / Prompt start at 11:30 – Book Thursday, 27 June 2019/ 18:00 – Book 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.
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.
You are invited to join Andrew Logan for the launch of his new artwork. 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. Andrew will unveil his latest work at London Bridge Station on the 3rd June at 11am. The event will take place on the Lower Concourse (next to Accessorize, opposite Platforms 3 and 4) Sunshine! by Andrew Logan was commissioned by Team London Bridge in partnership with London Bridge Station and the Unicorn Theatre.
Gnomus – Caretaker of the Earth By Puppets with GUTS Friday 26 July – 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, Melior Street Community Garden, 60 – 68 St Thomas Street, SE1 3QU Saturday 27 July – 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm Potters Fields Park, SE1 2AA Saturday 27 July ,1pm & 3pm St. John’s Churchyard, SE1 2AN FREE 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. atlondonbridge.com puppetswithguts.com
Musicity invites musicians and recording artists to compose audio tracks in response to buildings and spaces in locations around the world. Pictured: Erland Cooper (contributing musician) by Alex Kozobolis Founded in 2010 by BBC Radio 3 Late Junction presenter and radio producer Nick Luscombe, Musicity encourages audiences to venture out, to explore cities and to experience the urban environment in new and unexpected ways. As part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture Musicity has worked with musicians and sound artists each responding to 15 locations along The Low Line, focusing on the railway arches that have been part of Bankside, London Bridge and Bermondsey’s heritage for over 150 years. Each track will be geo-tagged to a different location including Flat Iron Square, Borough Market, Ewer Street, Bermondsey Street Tunnel, Southwark Cathedral, The Biscuit Factory, Vinegar Yard and others, and will be accessible for streaming via the Musicity smartphone webapp. Artists include Szjerdene, Erland Cooper, Suitman Jungle, William Doyle, Nabihah Iqbal, Chihiro Ono, The Memory Band, Gestalt, Frog Morris, Lossy, Cunning Folk, Tom Szirties, James Alec Hardy, Lola de la Mata and Thomas Stone. www.musicityglobal.com Musicity x Low Line has been commissioned by Better Bankside, Team London Bridge and The Blue Bermondsey
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
English National Opera and the Unicorn join forces for the very first time to create a new production of Purcell’s powerful and emotional masterpiece, Dido and Aeneas, for teenagers and adults. Belinda is the only child of Dido. A teenager like any other, in any big city. The audience watch through her eyes as her mother – heroine, feminist icon, modern parent – slowly starts to fall apart, with tragic consequences. Directed by the Unicorn’s former Artistic Director Purni Morell and conducted by ENO’s Valentina Peleggi, this contemporary production will be an incredible first experience for some, and for others a chance to see a familiar and much-loved opera in a new light. Sung in English. Book tickets
Free Interactive Exhibition for all the Family A virtual playground for lovers of art and technology of all ages awaits you this April at Anise Gallery. Anise Gallery held its first Virtual Reality exhibition in 2015 – transporting visitors into a virtual gallery whilst they sat amongst the real version. An early comparison of the real vs the unreal, and as the technology has advanced Anise has, alongside sister company A-VR, continued to take visitors on more immersive, more ‘goose bump’ inducing journeys.This Spring the Anise Gallery is inviting families to be transported back to the origins of gaming. Did the creator of the first videogame back in 1958 realise the potential for what he was starting? As we progress through the mediums time line, as new discoveries allow for more interaction, more realism we bring you the highlights – Pong, Zork, Asteroids, Super Mario Brothers, Doom, Quake amongst others. Activities: Create your own masterpiece with google tilt brush Design your own cardboard VR headset Design a game character Get your name on the high score list! Opening Times: Monday – Sunday 11am – 5pm Closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday Free Entry More details at www.anise.gallery
The poetry curator Allie Esiri and special guest actors, Helena Bonham Carter, Helen McCrory and Josette Simon take us on a journey through the history of women’s writing at The Bridge Theatre. From Eneheduanna, the world’s first known poet, via Sappho, this special evening showcases some of the most powerful, illuminating and entertaining women’s writing of today including Maya Angelou and Carol Ann Duffy. The poems are taken from Allie Esiri’s hugely successful anthologies published by Macmillan – A Poem for Every Day of the Year and A Poem for Every Night of the Year. Allie Esiri is an accomplished host of live and recorded poetry events and has worked with readers such as Harry Enfield, Tom Hiddleston, Sheila Atim, Damian Lewis, Simon Russell Beale, Giles Terera and Emma Watson. Evening Standard, on the audiobook of A Poem for Every Day of the Year (poems read by Helena Bonham Carter and Simon Russell Beale): “As well as classics that we all know and love, the anthology includes…poems by women and BAME writers”. Find out more >