Behind every window in every building are people with stories to tell.
To celebrate the creative spirit of the neighbourhood we live, work and play in, Banksiders have been invited to reveal something of their personalities by displaying messages in their windows. Keep your eyes peeled - a forest of philosophy and wit will emerge as you wander through Bankside over the next couple of weeks.
If you'd like to display a message for your organisation, you can collect templates from our office or for larger sizes, we'll drop them off to you.
If you would like templates delivered, please email info [at] betterbankside.co.uk (subject: From%20The%20Other%20Side%20-%20template%20drop%20off) and supply the below information:
• Delivery address
• Contact name
• Preferred template size (A3, A2, A1, A0) and quantity
• Would you like to display a pink #FromTheOtherSide sign to display next to your message? If yes, please confirm what size (A1, A2 or A3).
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Joining the Bankside community, selected artists have contributed their own new works which are displayed throughout the area. Find out who's involved below or download our From The Other Side leaflet via the toolbar on the left.
From The Other Side is commissioned by Better Bankside and Tate Modern’s community team.
Artist: Alan Kitching
Locations: Tate Modern riverside café, SE1 9TG; Puzzle London, 200 Union Street, SE1 0LX; The Office Group, 201 Borough High Street, SE1 1JA
Alan Kitching is one of the world's foremost practitioners of letterpress typographic design and printmaking. He is renowned for his expressive use of wood and metal letterforms in commissions and limited-edition prints.
Artist: Ian Davenport
Location: 81 Southwark Street, SE1 0HX
Ian Davenport is one of the leading British abstract artists of his generation. He brings his work Splat to Bankside which explores the energetic application of paint onto surface. Inspired by his work with children in a painting workshop, he captures the impulsive energy of the process while using the technique in a more deliberate way.
Artists: Davina Drummond and Yara El Sherbini
Location: The Libertine Pub, 125 Great Suffolk Street, SE1 1PQ
Yara El-Sherbini and Davina Drummond seek wisdom and practical advice as they ask ‘How do we fix something that is broken?’ Using the duo’s trademark playfulness and accessibility, this open ended question, installed on a window of The Libertine pub in Bankside. Visitors can share their answers via Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #howdowefix, or drop into the pub to write them down. Answers will change daily.
Artist: Bob and Roberta Smith
Locations: Market Hall at Borough Market, 2-4 Bedale Street, SE1 9AL; Allies and Morrison, 89 Southwark Street, SE1 0HX; 240 Blackfriars, 240 Blackfriars Road, SE1 8BU
Bob and Roberta Smith is a British contemporary artist, writer, author, musician, art education advocate and keynote speaker. He is known for his “slogan” art, seeing art as an important element in democratic life and much of his art takes the form of painted signs.
Artist: Iman Tajik
Location: Fora Borough, 180 Borough High Street, SE1 1LB (opposite Borough Station)
Iman Tajik is an Iranian artist and award-winning photographer based in Glasgow. ‘Freedom of Movement’ explores the ‘right to travel as a human rights concept, encompassing the right of individuals to travel from place to place within the territory of a country, and to leave the country and return to it’.
Artist: The Ragged School
Location: The Ragged School, 47 Union Street, SE1 1SG
The window on 47 Union Street offers a glimpse into the heart of the Ragged School. The installations that appear are made up of an assemblage of recycled and reutilised items from around the school. ‘Is it Art?’ some people ask. These often prophetic and invariably touching works often challenge the preconceptions of what may be considered worthy of display.
Artist: Joe Sweeney
Location: Tate Modern's riverside cafe
Joe Sweeney’s work comments on the ever-changing times of our nation and plays with Britain’s passion for nostalgia. Sorry No Vacancies is a ‘call to question’ encapsulating a ‘general sense of urban anxiety centred around displacement, prospect, opportunity and equality.’
Artist: Janette Parris
Location: The Union Theatre, 229 Union St, SE1 0LR
Janette Parris is a comic artist who investigates the contemporary urban experience, using narrative, humour and popular formats, including soap opera, stand-up comedy, musical theatre, cartoons, comics and animation. This artwork was inspired by a conversation with the founders of The Union Theatre, a fringe theatre which has been located in Bankside for over 20 years.
Location: The Globe Tavern, 8 Bedale Street, SE1 9AL
Array was established in 1994 by a group of early career artists intent on making a difference to the world of visual art in Belfast. Over the past 20 years Array has seen a vast number of artists come through the doors. Array’s collaborative actions use a DIY sensibility in response to the socio-political issues affecting Northern Ireland. Spot their work in the window of one of Borough Market’s much-loved pubs, a message in Gaelic that translates to “Themuns Get Everything” – Northern Irish dialect for “them ones.”
Artist: Caroline Cardus
Location: The Bridge, 81 Southwark Bridge Road, SE1 0NQ
An artist-activist in the disability arts movement, Caroline Cardus often works collaboratively to tell stories and give voice to disability and feminist perspectives. What Did You Think She Was Gonna Do? was inspired by a woman called Joy Dove, who is challenging the Department for Work and Pensions over their handling of her daughter’s claim, which resulted in her daughter, Jodey Whiting, ending her life. The work is displayed at The Bridge gym and charity,
Artist: Theresa Lola
Location: The Office Group, 201 Borough High Street, SE1 1JA
Theresa Lola is a British Nigerian poet and 2019 Young People’s Laureate for London. Her poem, Become Light, explores the importance of place as a source of inspiration to the people that live in it. The poem’s subject has chosen to finally visit an art gallery in their neighbourhood, returning with the realisation that they too want to make a difference to people in the way art does.
Artist: Alannah Currie
Location: 1 Doyce Street, SE1 0EU
Miss Pokeno/Alannah Currie is a London based artist who uses the construction and destruction of furniture to explore the relationship between women and their domestic environment. Her background in music, performance and activism informs her work which is characterised by seductive veneers and fine materials overlaying a subversive and often uncomfortable political core.
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Twitter: @BetterBankside | @bankside_london
Sep 27 2019