Art Along the Southbank

Ref: C2423471

An opportunity to appreciate and learn more about the public art on display along the Southbank. Starting at the South Bank Lion made in the 19th Century to the recent installation of a statue of Mary Seacole in the gardens of St. Thomas' Hospital. Learn about the history of these public artworks, the artists who made them, the materials they used, and what they mean to us today as we walk pass them.

Course aim

A two-hour walking tour of the public art along the Southbank installed on the riverside since the Festival of Britain in 1951.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

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

  • Locate the public artworks along the Southbank.
  • Name the artists and titles of the artworks.
  • Identify the materials and methods used to make the artworks.
  • Understand the reasons the artworks were made for public display.
  • Appreciate the history behind the public artworks along the Southbank.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Please wear comfortable shoes, bring a jacket if it turns cold, and bring an umbrella just in case. Meeting Point is by the South Bank Lion sculpture on Westminster Bridge, The Queen's Walk, London SE1 7GA. End Point is the gardens at St. Thomas' Hospital, Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7EH.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Art Along the Southbank


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

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
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