Totally Thames Comes To Nine Elms

Arts and cultural events throughout September

Enjoy a feast of arts and cultural events as Nine Elms on the South Bank gears up to host a series of Totally Thames commissions.

The programme includes a spectacular fire and light display from Carabosse at Battersea Power Station as well as an exhibition, talks, walks, workshops and performances throughout the Nine Elms area. Events will be taking place throughout September.

The events, commissioned by Thames Festival Trust with support from many of the partners investing in the local area, including Wandsworth Council, signify another big step forward in the regeneration taking place across Nine Elms on the South Bank, with culture and creativity at the heart of the transformation.

The festival will see large sections of the river path between Lambeth and Chelsea Bridges opened up to the public, many for the first time.

This year’s Totally Thames programme includes:

2nd – 29th September: Florentijn Hofman Commission. The first ever UK commission by internationally renowned Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman for Totally Thames will be situated in the River Thames at Nine Elms on the South Bank. Hofman is known for scaled-up sculptures, such as Rubber Duck (pictured) which travelled to several major cities between 2007 and 2013, from Auckland and São Paulo to Hong Kong.

Hofman’s sculptures often originate from everyday objects, but the design of Hofman’s UK commission has been inspired by the fascinating prehistory of the River Thames.  Stepped access to the foreshore will be available for three hours a day at low tide. See for details.  Riverside Gardens, Nine Elms Lane, Vauxhall SW8 2DU (at the base of The Tower - One St George's Wharf). FREE
  • 2nd September, 5-7pm: Celebratory event to welcome the Florentijn Hofman commission. Free family fun with plenty of activities, refreshments and Poet in Residence, Simon Mole, to entertain. Sponsored by the Dutch Embassy.  Riverside Gardens, Nine Elms Lane, Vauxhall SW8 2DU. FREE
  • 4th September – 12th October: Pump House Gallery presents You cannot step twice into the same river, an exhibition of international artists working in video and photography. Includes work by artists Laura Pawela, Ellie Ga and Alia Syed, displayed in London for the first time. A preview and performance event will take place on 3 September, 6.30-8.30pm.  Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ.  All welcome. FREE 

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August 27, 2014