This course is a perfect introduction to relief printing and is open to all, from complete beginners to those with more experience. Guided by an expert printmaker, you will learn how to translate your ideas into the graphic format of linocut. We hope you will enjoy the opportunity to develop or learn new skills and potentially create gifts for Christmas.
Unlock your creativity at The Bridge’s free card-making workshop!
Come and join for a fun and festive afternoon at The Bridge, and make your own card for a loved one. Let your imagination run wild as you explore a vibrant palette of hues, textures, and designs. From dazzling glitter to charming watercolours, we have everything you need to bring your artistic dreams to life.
Get ready for a jolly time at our beginner-friendly crochet scrunchie workshop, where you’ll learn the basics of crochet and how to make a scrunchie from scratch!
Expect cheesy festive tunes, mulled wine and festive treats, wholesome vibes, and an abundance of festive yarn and accessories to craft your unique scrunchie to take home.
Marvel at the Moon as it lands at Southwark Cathedral this October.
Following the success of Gaia in Southwark Cathedral’s nave last autumn, artist Luke Jerram returns to Southwark this October with his incredible Museum of the Moon artwork. Measuring seven metres in diameter, the replica of the moon features high resolution NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.
This awe-inspiring large-scale display features minute detail of the lunar surface using NASA imagery, and a surround sound composition by BAFTA-winning composer Dan Jones.
Celebrating the architecture of the impressive Victorian viaduct that sweeps through Bankside and the people and businesses who call the arches home, this special amateur photography exhibition captures new angles and perspectives of the Low Line. Under themes of architecture, hidden gems and humans of Bankside, amateur photographers were asked to submit images as part of a competition for Arch Day in July , a yearly celebration led by The Arch Company.
For one day only, visitors can see all the competition entries including the winning entry within Arch 23 on Southwark Street – an exciting new arts and culture space next to Flat Iron Square bar.
Love Your Arches is a free exhibition and will be open for one day only on 30 September from 13:00 – 18:00
In this fun workshop, you will learn the art of lino printing to create your very own A4 prints. No prior experience is required, making this class perfect for beginners!
During the class, you will be guided through the process of choosing a design, carving into an A6 piece of lino, and creating a stamp. You’ll then be shown the inking process to make the perfect print. By the end of the class, you’ll have created three or more handmade A4 prints that you can proudly display on your wall or give as a special gift.
In this exciting workshop, you will learn the art of lino printing and create your very own custom design. No prior experience is required, making this class perfect for beginners!
During the class, you will be guided through the process of choosing a design, carving into lino, and creating a stamp. Whether you prefer to print your design onto a tote bag or tea towels, the choice is yours!
Join MYO in this relaxing pottery painting class in our colourful studio in Borough. You’ll have a range of ceramics to choose from to paint – mugs, bowls, plates, tiles and ornaments, that’ll liven up any home, desk space or loo. No prior experience is required, so come and get creative and try something new!
Join MYO for a workshop where you’ll learn everything you need to know about creating your own beautiful watercolour masterpiece. In this session, you’ll be guided through the process of colour mixing and mark-making, essential techniques in watercolour painting. Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience, this class is perfect for anyone looking to explore their artistic side.
Discover the art of handbuilding pottery with terracotta clay in MYO’s fun and engaging workshop in London! Learn the foundations of pottery and unleash your creativity as you design and build your own unique terracotta planters. No prior experience is required, so don’t worry if you’re new to pottery.
Join MYO for a fun and interactive pottery workshop in the heart of London! In this class, you will not only learn the fundamentals of working with clay by hand, but also how to construct your very own pot. And here’s where things get unique – you’ll delve into the art of adding boobs to these creations, creating a truly one-of-a-kind masterpiece! No prior experience is required, so don’t worry if you’re new to pottery.
Discover the transformative potential of co-creative partnerships between humans and AI.
This lecture unveils how AI is reshaping design and branding frameworks, dispelling fears of job displacement. By learning from historical shifts, attendees will grasp the importance of collaboration and innovation, enabling creative practitioners to harness AI’s power as a tool for positive change. Join us to explore a future where AI enhances creativity and drives design evolution.
Learn a basic intro of Color Font formats, and hear Sophia share her experiences working on Foldit, one of the first fonts in the newest COLRv1 format. It’s a color font, it’s a variable font, and it has gradients which are also variable. This is a project which made the creation of variable gradient fonts accessible to everyday designers.
In this talk you will find out what it was like to work on a new font format (the trenches). After a short break, it is then followed by a demo of the workflow for creating your own variable-gradient color font (the process we developed for you). Foldit is now available on Google Fonts.
This event is part of London Design Festival.
London Design Festival, taking place from 16-24 September, celebrates design on a global scale and highlights the talents in the city. Bankside Design District will run east to west along the Thames from Borough Market to Oxo Tower Wharf, reaching south down the Borough and Southwark.
For LDF 2023, expect a packed programme of events showcasing the very best in design, craft and innovation from sustainable public realm activations and craft exhibitions through to workshops and VR installations. This year, Bankside will also host its Emerging Talent Collective, with students and alumni from London institutions hosting a pop-up exhibition, as well as a programme of events and workshops based around their final projects.
Join the Africa Centre for a series of street art workshops led by illustrator and educator Olivia Twist. Olivia will work with participants to co-design a mural which will be situated on Pocock Street, thanks to Fabrix.
The sessions will run from 11:00am until 5:00pm from 17th August until 25th August. Participants will need to attend at least four of the workshops. Snacks and drinks will be provided but we ask that participants bring their own packed lunch.
These sessions are designed for 14-18 year olds of African and Caribbean descent and we welcome participants of all artistic abilities. The sessions are free.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com
The Africa Centre in London will present FUJI: A Opera, a multi-dimensional exhibition which tells the story of the fuji music genre – one of the most important in Nigeria’s history and without whom the Afrobeats artists who top the charts today (such as Burna Boy and Wizkid) would not be selling out stadiums across the world.
FUJI: A Opera will include never seen before archive footage and artefacts, explore the belligerent past of fuji music, highlight its founding footprints, and celebrate its rich subculture from the early 1960s to the present day.
A retrospective of work by the late Victor Ambrus (1935 – 2021), RE Member and prolific artist and illustrator. The exhibition ranges from his early work depicting the Hungarian revolution, to his illustrations, many of which were for Children’s books, plus work featured on postage stamps, portraits and animal drawings.
An extraordinary, free public art trail and tourist attraction has arrived in London providing a stunning must-see attraction for all to enjoy – and you’re invited!
Morph’s Epic Art Adventure in London is the UK’s first step-free art trail of its kind, hosted by Whizz Kidz, the UK’s leading charity for young wheelchair users.
From 19 June to 20 August 2023, central London will be transformed when it hosts up to 70 super-sized sculptures of much-loved children’s TV character, Morph. Located alongside some of London’s most iconic landmarks, each Morph sculpture will be uniquely designed by epic, well-known and emerging artists, providing a fun family-friendly art trail for locals and visitors to follow. A series of smaller ‘Mini Morph’ sculptures adopted and created by schools will also be displayed as part of the adventure.
Come and join in the fun. For more information, please visit the website.
To launch Triptych Bankside, JTRE London is pleased to announce an exciting collaboration with London-based, international artist Jo Peel, whose work focuses on cities and urban regeneration.
Painter, print maker, animator and film maker, Jo will create an immersive 3D art installation with live music, street food and creative workshops to mark the launch of Triptych Bankside.
Featuring music, performance, talks, creative workshops and street food, this three-day celebration will all take place within a wildly imaginative immersive environment created by internationally renowned, London-based artist and designer Jo Peel.
Bankside’s Art Academy are holding an auction at Christie’s.
Funds raised in the auction will allow them to continue to support 30% of their academic students with bursaries, provide free spaces on their young artists’ programmes and drive outreach workshops that help make art accessible to the community in Southwark.
The auction and dinner will be hosted by Dirk Boll, Deputy Chairman of 20th and 21st Century Art, Christie’s and presented by Natasha Kaplinsky OBE at Christie’s London.
Drink & Draw session with cocktails and life models at £101 per person, includes a chance to view the lots and place bids ahead of our Fundraising Auction;
Attend the Live Auction and Black-tie Dinner at £300 per person.
The Art Academy Presents free sessions on Tuesdays in April and May – 25th April, 2nd May & 9th May
Four, free life drawing sessions on the theme of performance, as part of the Art Academy’s Outreach programme.
In each session you will draw different performers; musicians, dancers, actors and singers. Sometimes we will draw our models while they perform, making quick expressive drawings. Sometimes they will pose for us, giving us more time to create more detailed or accurate images. It will be a great opportunity to experiment with allowing the experience of a performance to inform your drawings, and have some fun with charcoal. All abilities welcome, please join us for as many of the sessions as you would like to.
These workshops are funded by the Hines (the building developer), who in return ask you to donate your drawings to be enlarged and reproduced onto the hoardings of their construction site at 18 Blackfriars Road.
If you would like your work to be displayed on the hoardings, the tutor will take a scan of your chosen image or images at the end of the session.
All materials will be provided for these sessions.
If you are curious to find out what other drawing and painting classes we offer, please visit the Art Academy London website at: www.artacademy.ac.uk
Make your way to Bankside’s Art Academy for the Final year show by BA Fine Art, Contemporary Portraiture, Fine Art Foundation and Certificate students. A chance to see the early brushstrokes of future masterpieces.
To highlight World Water Day and raise funds for WaterAid, Belu have teamed up with award winning Mancunian artist Venessa Scott, who will paint a large, colourful piece live in central London at Borough Yards. Venessa will paint from 20-22nd March and her work will be on display until 31st March. Come along and see the artwork come together.
There will be a donation point alongside the painting for people to discover more and donate to WaterAid. The piece will be auctioned following World Water Day, with all monies going to WaterAid. The auction will take place online from Thursday 23rd March at and close on Friday 31st March.
There will also be a chance to win a ‘Mix It Good’ pack of 10 Belu mixers and tonics, all vegan and gluten free, including their Lively Lemonade and Fiery Ginger Beer.
In 1814, at the very last Frost Fair, it is reported that an elephant walked across the ice from north to south of the river. South African artist Jason Slabber has brought the ghost of this elephant back to the streets of Bankside using CGI and AI-driven illustration and animation.
The elephant will be projected into Dirty Lane at the new Borough Yards complex. Peek in to see it stomp its way over the ice through the Borough Yards gate under the Clink Street tunnel at anytime in the day, but from 18.14 – 18.30 (6.14pm – 6.30pm)every evening, the gates will be opened so you can see the elephant in all its glory and celebrate its moment in the 1814 Frost Fair.
No booking necessary, just turn up at 18.14 each day until 31 January.
We have partnered with M.Y.O. for this arty Frost Fair themed event in January!
Whether it’s bears, foxes or elephants, animals were a huge part of the Frost Fair spectacle and this workshop helps you create your own marvellous print. And you can BYOB too if you’re fancying a little tipple as you create!
Using a single block of A6 lino, you’ll be guided through how to create multiple lino prints in a variety of colours, themed around the animals found at historical Frost Fairs. This workshop provides an introduction to the tools and techniques needed to print posters. You’ll draw your design, transfer it onto the lino, carve it out and then roll and apply ink, whilst experimenting with different methods for lino printing artworks on paper.
You’ll end up with 3+ of your own handmade A4 prints to hang on your wall or give as a gift!
We have partnered with M.Y.O. for this arty Frost Fair themed event in January!
Whether it’s bears, foxes or elephants, animals were a huge part of the Frost Fair spectacle and this workshop helps you create your own marvellous print. And you can BYOB too if you’re fancying a little tipple as you create your masterpiece.
Using a single block of A6 lino, you’ll be guided through how to create multiple lino prints in a variety of colours, themed around the animals found at historical Frost Fairs including bears, foxes and even an elephant! This workshop provides an introduction to the tools and techniques needed to print posters. You’ll draw your design, transfer it onto the lino, carve it out and then roll and apply ink, whilst experimenting with different methods for lino printing artworks on paper.
You’ll end up with 3+ of your own handmade A4 prints to hang on your wall or give as a gift!
This session is part of the Frost Fair which Better Bankside is running across December and January. Frost Fair is a homage to the area’s unique history, celebrating the characters and fascinating stories from past winters in the Southwark borough. There’s lots more happening across the area, find out more here.
The Africa Centre’s Annual Christmas African Market returns and this year is it in partnership with Inspired by Africa, who we are working to bring brands together and curate exciting family-friendly activities over the weekend of 17 – 18 December.
You can expect a diverse range of contemporary Afrocentric fashion, food, art, and entertainment including workshops catering to specific interests.
This market is part of the Frost Fair which Better Bankside is running across December and January. Frost Fair is a homage to the area’s unique history, celebrating the characters and fascinating stories from past winters in the Southwark borough. There’s lots more happening across the area, find out more here.
This winter, Bankside is celebrating one of the most extraordinary events in London’s history – the Frost Fair. From circa 1605 to 1814, the surface of the River Thames froze over 24 times, bringing all trade on the water to a standstill. So the people of Bankside took to the ice, creating ‘Frost Fairs’, with a sensational cornucopia of markets, amusement, food, drink, games, pubs, shops, entertainment and general revelry!
Inspired by the area’s rich heritage and lively characters, Bankside has reinvented the Frost Fair for the 21st century. Immerse yourself in innovative augmented reality installations, follow our street art trails, feast on special Frost Fair themed food and drink and enjoy inspired workshops from lino-printing to wreathmaking.
To experience the augmented reality aspects of the Frost Fair art trail, download the Graffio AR App!
This will be a glorious collective celebration of the seasons, weather and food, OCTOBER PLENTY mixes ancient seasonal customs and contemporary festivity with performance and music.
The theatre company Lions part, which was formed in Southwark by a group of actors who met doing First Folio work with the Original Shakespeare Company, has for many years been performing as part of Borough Market’s annual harvest festivities. October Plenty is the troupe’s interpretation of some of the rich folklore and traditions of the autumn harvest. It includes appearances from the strikingly attired Corne Queen and Berry Man, and free performances for children in the Story Orchard.
The procession will begin at 11am on Bankside SE1, near Shakespeare’s Globe gates, and head down to Borough Market.
The full Market will be in operation as usual during the day, so there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy the seasonal produce central to the celebrations.
Lucy Coleman Talbot wrote her PhD on the famed Crossbones Graveyard, SE1, and has been advocating for its protection since 2016. Her landscape biography explores the layers of history and heritage encased within this post-medieval burial ground, which has become a place of myth, mourning, ritual, and lore.
Join us at Nolia’s Gallery today for a private viewing of Art is Music to the Eye. With a poetry recital by Dominic Palmer Brown.
With unique inspired art and this cosy venue, you won’t want to miss it.
On October 5th Little Wing Film Festival is taking over Everyman Cinema Borough Yards, kicking off their 6th annual film festival with a night of independent short films, live music performances and an opening night party.
A volunteer-run, youth-led festival, Little Wing is working towards an accessible, exciting future for film by supporting emerging filmmakers and pushing for equality and sustainability in the film industry. Screening films exclusively by new and emerging filmmakers, Little Wing’s award-winning programme is designed around platforming important new voices while getting communities across London involved in a conversation about the future of film and culture.
For 2022 Little Wing are taking over a cinema in a different part of London every day, for a week packed with screenings, industry sessions, parties, pub quizzes and more. Bringing filmmakers, audiences and communities together, Little Wing is a celebration of grassroots culture and a push for a more equal, exciting film industry.
For their annual Autumn exhibition at Bankside Gallery, artists of the Royal Watercolour Society are exploring the notion of ‘less is more’. But have no doubt, this exhibition will be anything but understated. The results of this experiment promise to deliver a display with a huge range of painted interpretations of this debatable concept. Whether artists agree with the statement or not, visitors are promised to be intrigued and inspired by the artworks on display.
Bankside Gallery welcomes an exciting and eclectic range of works selected for this year’s International Original Print Exhibition, an open submission exhibition established by the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers which celebrates the best in all forms of contemporary printmaking.
New work from LOOP, an informal co-operative of artists with a background in the original print. LOOP has shown regularly at Bankside Gallery, and this exhibition will present new work from multiple artists which is informed by a wide range of experience and interests.
Bankside is one of London’s most creative and cultural districts, with this year’s Design District running east to west along the Thames from Borough Yards to Oxo Tower Wharf.
The programme features new specially created public realm art installations to mark Bankside’s exciting history.
Expect a range of lighting and furniture designs in Borough Yards new development and the iconic Oxo Tower Wharf will showcase the very best in craft and innovation from their designer-maker shops and studios.
This year we are proud to host the debut of the Material Matters fair, based on the critically acclaimed podcast of the same name.
“I looked toward Birnam, and anon methought the wood began to move.” – A Collective Drawing
A nervous messenger came to tell Macbeth that the prophecy of his defeat is coming true, impossibly he has seen Birnam Wood moving slowly up the hill towards them. A whole forest has been felled and used as camouflage for an approaching army.
400 years later and most of our forests are gone, so join us on Sunday at Falcon Point Piazza (SE1 9JH) to help us draw and paint the felled Birnam Wood onto the square.
Once the drawing is complete visitors will be able to wonder through the remains of our imagined forest in memory of the natural landscape we once had.
No experience or expertise required, just bring yourselves. Suitable for anyone aged 8yrs and over.
Drop in anytime between 1-4pm
This event is part of the Bankside Shakespeare Art Trail celebrating 25 yrs of Shakespeare’s Globe
Study your creative passion at Art Academy London this summer with their inspiring range of Summer School courses helping you hone skills in a variety of disciplines over 5-days. From introductory courses for those new to any given medium, to masterclasses for the more experienced, AAL’s courses are taught by practising and specialist artists.
Immerse yourself in new skills such as photopolymer and photoetching, learn to translate your observations into a clay portrait sculpture, explore the ways of looking, speaking about and making abstract art or gain fundamental drawing skills – these are only a handful of ways AAL’s Summer School and enrich your artistic passions.
And for anyone interested in taking more than one of our courses on offer, you may be eligible for up to 15% off your purchase.
Art Academy London’s sought-after Young Artists programme returns this summer holiday for budding artists aged 12-17. Ideal for students interested in applying to art school or simply looking to build creative confidence, these five-day courses aim to advance artistic ability while enabling young artists to meet like-minded peers with a passion for art.
Explore various fine art disciplines such as portraiture and mixed media abstraction (15 – 18 August), make your own prints through different mark-making techniques (15 – 18 August) or try painting, drawing and sculpting the figure (22 – 26 August) – there is something for everyone.
AAL also strive to make all our courses affordable and available regardless of background or circumstance. Because of this, there are a number of free and discounted spaces available for scholarship students across all Young Artist courses.