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Crossing Stories

We're inviting Bankside employees, residents and visitors to the area to share their stories with us as part of an innovative art project focussing on Southwark Street
Valerie Beirne
Bankside Urban Forest Manager
  • Ruby Wright - alphabet
    Ruby Wright - alphabet

If you had to make a gift to the neighbourhood what would it be?  

Tell us no more than two sentences, and you could have your story translated into graphic images which will be incorporated into Southwark Street by the Menier Chocolate Factory.  

The project, part of Colourful Crossings, one of Transport for London's Future Streets projects, will be a visual installation on and around the crossing adjacent to the Menier Factory and will highlight this portion of the street as a territory where one would cross elements of local stories that forms the identity of the people of the neighbourhood - be they living, working or just passing through the area.

We need you!

We are calling anyone interested to contribute to these stories, some of which will be integrated in the narrative and the visual installation of this project. There are two ways in which you could contribute:

1. Ruby Wright, a local artist is creating an illustrated Alphabet of the Bankside.

Could you suggest an object/building/person/plant/animal from this area that means something to you? It could be personal or public, contemporary or historic, as long as it is local and meaningful to you. Could you explain how and why this suggestion is meaningful to you.

2. If Bankside were a dear friend, what gift would you want to offer to him/her ?

This gift could be a object, a wish, a poem, or any story that would celebrate this dear friend.

For more information or send your contribution please write an email to crossingstories [at] (subject: Stories%20for%20Southwark%20Street) by 10 July 2015.  All contributors will be invited to a tea and cake afternoon on 100 Union Street at the end of July to meet the artist team and see the final proposal.

Crossing Stories is commissioned by Better Bankside as part of its Avenue of Art initiative, which aims to bring art out of traditional gallery settings and animate some of our streets and spaces.

Crossing Stories is led by Nicolas Henninger, Artist and Architect, who has been bringing life to the project on 100 Union Street with the collective EXYZT : Southwark Lido 2008, The ReUnion 2012 and The Lake 2013. It is a collaboration with member of the collective EXYZT and some local and international artists including Ruby Wright, Nelly Massera, Gonzague Lacombe, Tony Maas.

Jun 22 2015