'Walk the Line': Contemporary Sculpture in East London

Ref: C2423441

If you've ever wanted to learn more about contemporary sculpture, while exploring London by foot, come and join this engaging guided tour of The Line, a public route of contemporary sculptures by leading international artists in east London. Led by modern and contemporary art tutor Chantal Condron, this is the second of two walking tours exploring the entire route of The Line. Part 2 looks at 8 sculptures including Laura Ford's 'Bird Boy without a Tail' and Antony Gormley's 'Quantum Cloud'. NB: This tour involves taking the Emirates Air Line across the river which costs £4 for pre-booked adults, or £5 on the day. The crossing features a sound work by Larry Achiampong. See www.emiratesairline.co.uk Other artists featured include Madge Gill, Gary Hume, Richard Wilson, Thomson & Craighead and Alex Chinneck. See https://the-line.org for details of the route.

Course aim

Are you curious about contemporary sculpture? Come and explore the work of leading international artists on an engaging guided walking tour of The Line, a public route of exciting sculptures sited along and near the river in east London.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • This is a 2.5 hour tour outdoor talk. It is accessible for users with mobility issues, except for one stretch for which there is an alternative route. Please check the Accessibility guidelines before booking https://the-line.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/The_Line_Map_August_2021.pdf

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Recognise at least 4 contemporary sculptures on The Line route.
  • Name two key facts about three artists whose work features on The Line.
  • Describe one or two aspects that differentiate viewing sculpture outdoors from viewing them inside a gallery or museum.
  • Have contributed to your general sense of wellbeing from participating in a slow-paced walking tour.
  • Have met other learners and shared viewpoints on the sculptures on the tour.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Please wear appropriate walking shoes, clothing & check the weather before arriving! Bring a bottle of water. Meet at Anish Kapoor's sculpture, 'ArcelorMittal Orbit'. Nearest stations: Pudding Mill Lane & Stratford. End at Star Lane Station (DLR). Download route map at www.the-line.org/map/

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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'Walk the Line': Contemporary Sculpture in East London


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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