Public artists and activists Gillie and Marc‘s latest exhibition is coming to the UK – ‘Chimps Are Family’ – bringing to life the expectation that 80% of the 150,000 chimpanzees across the world will face a population decline of 80% over the next 30 years. To coincide with World Endangered Species Day on Friday 20 May 2022, the free public exhibition located at London Bridge City will feature 28 chimps demonstrating 18 different behaviours such as love, grief, and tool use, illustrating the vast similarities between us and the animals with which we share 98% of our DNA. Well-known in London for their recent public sculpture, ‘The Orphans’, a project that brought awareness and much-needed funds to orphaned baby elephants. Gillie and Marc are now moving the spotlight onto chimpanzees and giving the people of London the chance to get up close and personal with our cousins and save them, before it’s too late. The sculptures are designed to be interactive and engaging and the you are encouraged to get as close as you want, touching their faces, examining their hands, and even giving them a hug. Each of the chimps will be displayed with a QR code where you can learn all about the individual chimpanzee and find important information surrounding conservation. You also have the option to donate funds, or even adopt one of the individual statues, to go directly to saving chimpanzees. WWF are working alongside Gillie and Marc to highlight the importance of working together to protect our one shared home. The sculptures will be celebrated with the hashtags #LoveTheLast and #ChimpsAreFamily to raise unparalleled awareness about the exhibition’s cause across the globe. To help protect the great apes, you can support the work of WWF by donation to the campaign: WWF Chimps are Family.
The third in our series of self-guided London Bridge Art Walks is now available to enjoy. Start the trail here. It begins at the Tooley Street entrance to Potters Fields Park, travels through Shad Thames to St John’s Churchyard Park and back via London Bridge City to London Bridge Station, taking approximately 60 minutes. Art Walk 3 joins our two previous self guided trails to offer a great way to explore the area, taking in lesser known spaces between our more famous landmarks and celebrating the creativity that inspires modern day London Bridge.
London Bridge is one of the capital’s oldest and most iconic neighbourhoods, boasting artistic, medical, historical and maritime connections to events that have shaped the city’s history. Our series of Art Walks have been mapped in order to introduce you to some of these connections, old and new. Self-guided, easy to follow and free, our walks are all outside – apart from London Bridge Station, so please bring a mask to walk through the concourse. Our itineraries: Art Walk 1 (50 mins) Art Walk 2 (60 mins) Art Walk 3 (60 mins) Routes and contents compiled by D. Davies.
Explore the iconic Shad Thames and discover its evolving identity at this free event, part of the upcoming London Festival of Architecture. Starting with local hospitality in a riverside restaurant, you’ll then hear about the area’s 19th century history, its reinvention through regeneration in the 1980s, and current developments. The discussion will be framed around buildings and social history from all periods as well as the riverside location, and the two bridges shaping Shad Thames – Tower Bridge and St Saviours Dock footbridge, both of which have exciting developments coming up. The event will end with a short walk around the area, finishing at Anise Gallery/AVR where you can visit their LFA exhibition “Scents of Shad Thames: Experience history through the senses” which explores the identity of Shad Thames in unexpected ways. Timings 10.30 Meet at Browns (Private Dining Room), Butlers Wharf Riverside Join us for refreshments and hear from different speakers about the past, present and future identity of the area. 11.30 Leave from Browns A short guided walk around Shad Thames, taking in historical buildings as well as current and future developments. 12.30 Visit to Anise Gallery, 13a Shad Thames Drop in to see Scents of Shad Thames.: Exploring history through the senses, a multi-sensory exhibition which includes discovering Shad Thames through virtual reality and other unexpected ways.