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Autumn Exhibitions in South Bank

September 3rd, 2019 | by Tom Harrow-Smith

Autumn Exhibitions in South Bank

Autumn may be a bit chillier and a little less sunny and yes you may not be able to spend as much time outdoors, but that makes it the perfect time to step inside from the cold and explore some of the most captivating exhibitions London has to offer right here in South Bank. From world famous artists, history, design and innovative, boundary pushing exhibitions, there's loads to be inspired by and this handy guide follows what to see from early September right through to the end of November. And with most of these exhibitions free, there's no excuse not to get involved this Autumn.

  • END OF YEAR PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW

    This free exhibition featuring the works of Morley College photography students is well worth visiting if you're in the area. Featuring outstanding work at all levels, who knows, you may find yourself looking at the work of a future star in the making!

    Until 28 September / FREE

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    Morley College
  • S’THANDWA SAMI (MY BELOVED)

    This free exhibition in Southbank Centre's HENI Project Space brings together more than 50 photographs from Mimi Cherono Ng’ok and the late Thabiso Sekgala. The exhibition explores identity, love and loss as well as the impact that the friendship between these two artists shared with one another had on their exploration of ideas on home, place and belonging.

    Until 6 October / FREE

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    Southbank Centre
  • Paper to Print

    This one of a kind exhibition from House of Vans features the works and designs of skateboard artists Sean Cliver and Todd Bratrud. Showing a collection of original artwork behind some of their favorite board graphics, displayed hanging next to the matching skateboards. from their early years to present day. Like all House of Vans events, it's FREE so if skating and street art are your thing, then definitely check it out. 

    5 September - 27 October / FREE

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    House Of Vans
  • Cardew Space: Untold Tales

    Another exhibition at Morley College sees animators Jessica Ashman, Leo Crane, Ian Gouldstone, Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara, Osbert Parker & Laurie Hill, and Kate Sullivan all bring their distinctive voice and animation style to some bitesize treats.Together the films present an exciting and vibrant collection of stories exploring cultural heritage, historic curiosities, devoted communities, and ways individuals navigate modern life.

    9 September - 19 October / FREE

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    Morley College
  • Take the Plunge

    An interactive project brought to you by Volume Creative shows the power of design to evoke curiosity, in a stand-alone immersive experience created for London Design Festival.

    Visitors are invited on a journey of discovery and asked to dive into a new experience as you step into an endless horizon, giving way to an extraordinary secondary space that depicts a sunset under the sea.

    Take the Plunge hints at the spirit of adventure and celebrates the endless possibilities of great design, using multi-sensory techniques to capture the joyful elements of an oceanic journey.

    This installation is made of recycled and recyclable materials. All elements of the installation will either be re-purposed to create new works or recycled in Westminster.

    14 - 22 September

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    Bargehouse
  • The Cummings Twins

    If you didn't already know, Bankside Hotel offers more than swanky suites and a fine dining restaurant, it also prides itself on showcasing innovative artworks with regular exhibitions. This September, as part of London Design Festival, The Cummings Twins - Bankside's new 'makers in residence' - will present a series of events where you will be able to see some of their works; inspired by mysticism, technology and the occult. Their work has been displayed in galleries, events and exhibitions around the world including Japan, South Korea, Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Spain and Poland. Now on South Bank, it will be your chance to some of their unique sculptures.  

    14 - 22 September / FREE

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    Bankside
  • Another Me

    Unlock your preconceptions at this free Southbank Centre exhibition, displaying over 150 artworks from individuals in the criminal justice system. The concerns, hopes and dreams of the makers as the breadth of talent in UK prisons and other secure settings are illuminated like never before. These works have been entered into the Koestler Awards for arts in criminal justice, which itself is the UK's best-known prison arts charity. Another Me challenges expectations and illustrates what goes on beneath the surface of the human psyche, inviting visitors to reassess their perceptions of people who have spent time inside.

    19 September - 11 November / FREE

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    Southbank Centre
  • Foragers of the Foreshore

    South Bank will play host to the most expansive exhibition ever created on the subject of mudlarking. This activity is tied with the history of the Thames and you will be able to follow the weird and wonderful world of mudlarking, from its origins in the Victorian era, to its popularity today. Meet the mudlarkers who have dedicated themselves to finding London’s lost treasures, and marvel at the fascinating collections that have shaped their lives.

    25 - 29 September / FREE

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    Oxo Tower Wharf
  • Bridget Riley

    This major exhibition devoted to the life and work of celebrated contemporary artist Bridget Riley is not one to miss - it will be the largest exhibition of her work in the UK for 16 years. Looking closely at the origins of Riley’s perceptual paintings, it will trace the pivotal and decisive moments in her acclaimed career, spanning 70 years of work. Featuring Riley's iconic black-and-white paintings of the 1960s, early representational paintings, expansive canvases in colour and recent wall paintings, as well as studies and preparatory material. 

    Alongside her best known canvases, the exhibition will also include the only three-dimensional work that she ever created, Continuum (1963), as well as new wall paintings made specially for Hayward Gallery. This exhibition will offer visitors an unparalleled opportunity to experience powerful and engaging works by one of the most important artists of our time, so book now to avoid disappointment!

    23 October - 26 January 2020

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    Image: © 2016 Bridget Riley. All rights reserved. Courtesy Karsten Schubert, London. Arts Council Collection at Hayward Gallery

    Southbank Centre
  • The London Ultra 2019

    Bargehouse at OXO Tower Wharf will once again be hosting The London Ultra Art Extravaganza for its second year. The Bargehouse venue will literally come alive with all manner of Artists’ innovations, with works selected from a highly competitive International Open Call. See challenging works, interactive installations and ambitious 'Art experiments'. 

    Not to be missed; the journey through the Bargehouse spaces will be enthralling and thought provoking at every turn.

    31 October - 10 November / FREE

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    Oxo Tower Wharf
  • London is Love

    The city are revealed and celebrated in a dynamic photographic project by artist Liz Johnson Artur reveals and celebrates London's and its diverse and pioneering communities in this large scale exhibition across the windows of Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall.

    Taking in the Elephant and Castle shopping centre and the 59 bus route, this project shines a light on the south London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark. Johnson Artur picks out the ordinary, vibrant and subtle nuances of south London life: family, friendship, love and vulnerability.  

    It will include rolling projectsions across the facade of Royal Festival Hall, so you shouldn't be able to miss it!

    11 November - 7 January

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    Southbank Centre
  • Culture Under Attack

    Telling stories crossing 100 years of history, this thought provoking series of free exhibitions at IWM London reveals why some try to erase or exploit culture, while others risk everything to protect, celebrate and rebuild it. Spanning architecture, photography art and music, each of the three exhibitions - What Remains, Art in Exile and Rebel Sounds - tackles a different and distinct area of the relationship war and culture have come to share with one another.

    Discover the lengths people have gone to in order to fight for the culture they love, why various leaders began targeting cultural institutions to win wars and how oppressed peoples have used culture to rebel and fight for their freedom. This eye opening series, full of interactive exhibits is suitable for all the family and raises important questions as you're challenged to come away with your own answers of what culture means to you.

    Running until January 2020 / FREE

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    Image: Randolph Schwabe, The Women’s Land Army and German Prisoners, 1918 © IWM (Art.IWM ART 1179)

    IWM London
  • Spanish Flu Exhibition

    The winner of best 'Temporary or Touring Exhibition' of the Year' at the 2019 Museums + Heritage Awards has been extended until January 2020 at the Florence Nightingale Museum. Paying tribute to the brave nurses who were at the frontline of the battle with one of history's deadliest pandemics, you learn how Florence Nightingale built the foundations for this new wave of nursing care.

    This great little museum also has a fantastic range of permanent exhibitions to check out, and with the new addition of a 'Family Corner', it makes it a great place to bring the kids and inspire them with Florence Nightingales powerful story. 

    Running until January 2020 

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    Florence Nightingale Museum
  • A River Runs Through It

    This free exhibition will showcase the breathtaking artworks of Urban Soup, a group of artists living in our city, bound by their love of the metropolis. Each artist offers their own distinctive interpretation of the city’s evolving environment using a variety of unusual mediums and materials in their work.

    It’s a chance to see the OXO Tower made out of OXO cubes, light installations mimicking the flow of the Thames; delicate paper sculptures; wafer-thin aluminium art; breath taking abstract landscapes, spectacular screen prints and even bottled London smells!

    4 - 8 September / FREE

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    Oxo Tower Wharf

Find The Venues

  • 1 - Morley College

    61 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7HT

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  • 2 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 3 - House Of Vans

    Main entrance
    Arches 228 – 232
    Station Approach Road
    London
    SE1 8SW 

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  • 4 - Morley College

    61 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7HT

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  • 5 - Bargehouse

    Oxo Tower Wharf

    Bargehouse Street

    South Bank

    London SE1 9PH

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  • 6 - Bankside

    Bankside Hotel 2 Blackfriars Rd London UK SE1 9JU 

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  • 7 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 8 - Oxo Tower Wharf

    The Oxo Tower
    Bargehouse Street
    South Bank
    London SE1 9PH 

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  • 9 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 10 - Oxo Tower Wharf

    The Oxo Tower
    Bargehouse Street
    South Bank
    London SE1 9PH 

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  • 11 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 12 - IWM London

    Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ 

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  • 13 - Florence Nightingale Museum

    St Thomas’ Hospital
    2 Lambeth Palace Road
    London
    SE1 7EW

     

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  • 14 - Oxo Tower Wharf

    The Oxo Tower
    Bargehouse Street
    South Bank
    London SE1 9PH 

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