Now that the days are getting shorter and colder, the Southbank Centre has launched its Winter Light installations. This new free open-air exhibition will bring some much-needed colour to the site’s iconic buildings and the Riverside Walk with luminous, playful and thought-provoking artworks.
Featuring a range of leading international artists, Winter Light includes 17 artworks and new commissions that make ingenious use of light, colour and animation whilst touching on diverse concerns.
The artworks and new commissions will start to pop-up across Southbank Centre’s buildings and facades, and along the riverside, from Friday 20 November, with artworks being installed up until the new year. They will remain on display until the end of February.
So, there’s plenty of time to see them. Plan a big walk into the City one night with a big thermos full of mulled wine. Get into the festive spirit of things and escape the reality of being locked up inside. Even if the weather is rubbish, a trip to this outdoor exhibition will be worth it. We need some art and culture in our lives these days.
It’s especially important to have this right now. At a time when we view so much of the world through digital screens, the artists in this exhibition celebrate how the medium of light can transform our physical spaces.
Their artworks also explore ideas about nature, politics and society, gender, aesthetics and the simple act of looking. The arts industry is really under threat yet we have never needed it as much as we do right now.
Cedar Lewisohn and Cliff Lauson, Curators, say: “As the winter darkness descends, this outdoor exhibition radiates light. We have worked with a number of artists to create an uplifting experience and to provide artistic inspiration for visitors during these challenging times.”
Information on Winter Light can be found here. See this free outdoor exhibition if you can make it to the Southbank Centre safely. Feature image: David Batchelor’s 60 Minute Spectrum. Photo by Victor Frankowski.