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A Totally Thames South Bank Guide

August 29th, 2019 | by Tom Harrow-Smith

A Totally Thames South Bank Guide

Totally Thames is an annual celebration of the River Thames with a creative and diverse programme that inspires, connects and enthrals. The festival will see a whole host of different events and activities across London to get involved in, and with a fair share happening on South Bank too, we've put together a list of everything going on in the area. Plus, all these events and exhibitions are completely free, so what better time to come to South Bank and see how we are celebrating Totally Thames 2019?

  • My Story of Water

    This outdoor art installation produced by Five Cowries Arts Initiative, will showcase artworks created by children from across Nigeria, presenting their stories of water. 500 jerry cans, decorated by the children to tell their story of water will be displayed in the riverside arcade at OXO Tower Wharf – their stories aim to raise awareness of the water pollution crisis affecting our environment, climate and waterways and our need to protect them.

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    Oxo Tower Wharf
  • 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!

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    gallery@oxo
  • Mudlark by Hannah Smiles

    Find these beautiful still-life images of mudlark finds by Hannah Smiles outside the National Theatre, which illuminate the fascinating practice of mudlarking from a new perspective. The range of objects eroding from the mud with every tide is astonishing: from Neolithic flint tools, to Roman detritus, pottery and glassware across the centuries to animal bones and human teeth, religious curios, relics of war, children’s toys or yesteryear’s fashions – pins, jewels, buckles, buttons, leather and cloth. 

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    National Theatre
  • Foragers of the Foreshore

    Foragers of the Foreshore is the most expansive exhibition on the weird and wonderful world of Mudlarking that has ever taken place. You will find it at the Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf and see the treasures and artefacts that have been unearthed from the banks of the River Thames. Follow the journey from its Victorian origins where it was a means of survival for some of London's poorest individuals, to its resurgence in popularity today.

    You'll get the chance to meet the individuals who have dedicated themselves to finding London’s lost treasures, and marvel at the fascinating collections that have shaped their lives. The exhibition will also feature photographic portraits of mudlarkers taken by Hannah Smiles, and a chance to meet Mudlarker in Residence Nicola White. Plus, see spectacular work by artists who use their finds in very unusual ways.

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    Bargehouse
  • The Barking Stink: A Scented Heritage Exhibition

    This may not sound like something to do with the South Bank, but outside the National Theatre you will be able to see this pop up exhibition and discover the story of Barking's rich industrial past - told through its smells and stenches... From the fragrance of thriving fisheries to the stench of the sewage works, manure to match makers, and fertiliser fumes to fizzy pop factories. Explore 200 years of stories via the sense of smell.

    If you're put off by the name... don't be! This is a fascinating and unique story to discover if you are walking down South Bank. Come along and see for yourself.

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    National Theatre

Find The Venues

  • 1 - Oxo Tower Wharf

    The Oxo Tower
    Bargehouse Street
    South Bank
    London SE1 9PH 

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  • 2 - gallery@oxo

    Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH

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  • 3 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    London
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 4 - Bargehouse

    Oxo Tower Wharf

    Bargehouse Street

    South Bank

    London SE1 9PH

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  • 5 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    London
    SE1 9PX 

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