‘The Sixties’, Tower Bridge, until 31st December 2014

‘The Sixties’, Tower Bridge, until 31st December 2014

'The Sixties' exhibition at Tower Bridge

Visitors to Tower Bridge will, on the West Walkway of this iconic structure, be able to get a flavour of what was an equally iconic so-called “swinging” decade – ‘The Sixties’. Using 26 large-scale panels to display more than sixty images that will bring this special time back to life to those who lived through it and those who wished they had. Mods & Rockers, film stars, Prime Ministers, racing drivers, pop stars and many more, including Mary Quant and Twiggy are there to be seen.

Dudley Moore & Peter Cook, photographed by British director Bryan Forbes -® Bryan Forbes

This photograph of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore is a rare one. It was taken by the film producer and director Bryan Forbes as a publicity shot for his 1966 film The Wrong Box. Appropriately enough the exhibition was opened by his wife the actress Nanette Newman who is seen here with David Wight, Visitor Development and Services Director for the City of London Corporation.

Nanette Newman at launch of 'The Sixties'  at Tower Bridge, with David Wight, Visitor Development and Services Director, City of London Corp.

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Carnaby Street sign at 'The Sixties' exhibition at Tower Bridge

‘Art at the Bridge #5’ – Local London Art on Display in Tower Bridge’s Famous Engine Rooms

‘Art at the Bridge #5’ Local London Art on Display in Tower Bridge’s Famous Engine Rooms, until 7th August

What an opportunity this provides for the artists who are lucky enough to display their works there with a daily audience of around 2,000 international visitors.  As the number ‘5’ suggests this is the fifth such exhibition in a partnership between Tower Bridge and the well-known local arts charity Southwark Arts Forum.

Sarah Underwood "With Bells and Whistles" Hand drawn, painted, collage and digital rendering

Sarah Underwood
“With Bells and Whistles”
Hand drawn, painted, collage and digital rendering

 The exhibition is held in the engine rooms of this marvellous iconic Victorian structure and reflecting the bridge’s purpose of connection between north and south of the Thames, the exhibition’s theme is Connections. There are ten works on view in a variety of media and they are the work of ten disabled artists from the Forum.

Ian Wornast Clapham Junction Pen on paper, 2013

Ian Wornast
Clapham Junction
Pen on paper, 2013

The works reflect the artists’ own experiences in life and it is really important to read the artists’ statements which accompany each work. Some are uplifting, others, deeply moving but through them all the artists’ are really expressing themselves and that is an affirmative that needs celebrating.

Nicola Field Unite the Resistance (from How to be Strong) Digital photograph of artist-made ceramics with text.

Nicola Field
Unite the Resistance (from How to be Strong)
Digital photograph of artist-made ceramics with text.

Indeed, visitors can help with that because, on arrival, they will be given a token to vote for their favourite work.  Please do vote because the lucky artist who gets the most tokens gets the very great privilege of raising Tower Bridge!

Abu Hasnat Mixed Media, 2012.  Copyright the artist

Abu Hasnat
Mixed Media, 2012.
Copyright the artist

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