An iconic symbol of London – Tower Bridge, crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London. The bridge consists of two bridge towers tied together at the upper level by two horizontal walkways, designed to withstand the horizontal tension forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the landward sides of the towers. Tower Bridge was the creation of architect Sir Horace Jones and civil engineer Sir John Wolfe Barry. It took eight years to complete and was officially opened on June 30, 1894 by the Prince and Princess of Wales (the future King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra). And in honor to International Women’s Day, Tower Bridge will be showcasing the works of 15 female artists with the theme Building Bridges: The Female Perspective. The exhibition is being organized in collaboration with Southwark Arts Forum, and is entitled Art at the Bridge.
Fifteen female artists have been selected as part of the seventh edition of Art at the Bridge. The exhibition at Tower Bridge in partnership with Southwark Arts Forum, will celebrate emerging female artists to coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8. The artists were invited to submit their interpretation on this year’s theme Building Bridges: The Female Perspective through a variety of media, including, paintings, video, photography and drawing. Among the participating artists are: Charlotte Tymms, a mixed media artist, who takes direct inspiration from her experience living on a historic barge on the river Thames; Donna Leighton, a print artist, creates The New Baby, exploring the exhibition’s theme by commenting on the metaphorical bridges a mother must build with the arrival of a new baby; Pauline Etim-Ubah, a photographer, creates I always wanted to be an engineer which poignantly captures her mother’s and her own journey of pursuing civil engineering as a career through a selection of photographs. (Last year, Widewalls honored International Women’s day with several features – take a look at our article about 10 Powerful Collectresses You Should Know and Ten Women Who Create Stunning Sculptures).
The exhibition is entitled Art at the Bridge, and is organized in collaboration between The Tower Bridge and Southwark Arts Forum. The collection will be on display in the Engine Rooms, where the mighty bridge lifts were once powered. This successful partnership was established in 2011 as part of Tower Bridge’s ongoing commitment to engage with, and acknowledge, the talents of the local community. As Chris Earlie, Head of Tower Bridge Exhibition, says: We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with the Southwark Arts Forum for a seventh edition of Art at the Bridge. Welcoming over seven hundred thousand visitors a year, it’s a strong platform to showcase talented artists living and working in the Southwark borough to our visitors from around the globe. Bridget Edwards, Southwark Arts Forum Director, says: Southwark Arts Forum is proud to be working with Tower Bridge to produce the exhibition 'Building Bridges, the Female Perspective'. Women are well known as good communicators - intuitive, sensitive, provocative and funny! These works by fifteen artists portray this well.
The exhibition runs from March 8 to July 31, 2016 and admission will be included in the entry for Tower Bridge Exhibition (Adults: £9; Children aged 5-15: £3.90; Concessions: £6.30; Family tickets from £14.10; Under 5s free). The experience visiting the high-level Walkways has now been bolstered with the addition of the new glass floor, which gives visitors a unique perspective of London 42 meters above the Thames. The nearest underground stations are London Bridge or Tower Hill.
Featured Image: Ana Katrina Giles-Myers - Momentary Flight, detail. Images courtesy of Kallaway Ltd.
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