On Sunday 13 June, Inside Out London will transform Tower Bridge Road into a large outdoor art gallery. To celebrate the UEFA EURO 2020 football tournament coming to the capital, Inside Out London will capture the portraits and stories of people that make up our great city. Portraits of over 1,000 Londoners will be pasted on Tower Bridge Road as part of a wider event.
Almost 3,000 black and white photographs of Londoners’ faces will be exhibited at five locations across the capital as part of a large-scale public installation by internationally acclaimed French artist JR, capturing the stories of Londoners during the tournament and celebrating the people that make up our capital.
London is hosting eight matches during UEFA EURO 2020, including both semi-finals and the final. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, believes that the EUROs can act as a catalyst for London’s recovery from the pandemic and wants as many Londoners as possible to be part of the action to showcase the capital’s diversity and generate excitement across the city.
On June 13, ‘Inside Out’ will create a spectacular display of images longer than two football pitches on the road across the famous Tower Bridge, spanning the river Thames. In partnership with the City of London, the road will be transformed into a huge outdoor art gallery, with photographs of London’s community heroes who have made a difference to their local area during the pandemic.
The exhibition will then go on to four further locations where hundreds more faces will be displayed on pavements, roads and buildings in celebration of London’s diverse communities, football and its ability to bring people together. The project will go on to reimagine Granary Square in King’s Cross with 675 faces, the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham with 200 faces, Lewisham Town Hall in Catford with 450 faces and at the Royal Victoria Dock 450 faces will appear on to the dock wall and surrounding footpath. A special exhibition of portraits will also take place as part of the Wembley Park Outdoor Gallery and the Outside Art project at Kings Cross.
A number of schools, grassroots organisations, hospital staff, community champions and volunteers have already been photographed in preparation for the installation at Tower Bridge. Londoners working or living close by to the locations will also be invited in advance to book to have their photo taken as part of the project.
The Inside Out Project was created by award winning artist JR, whose photographic portraits have encouraged discovery, revelations and sharing of untold stories of people around the world through collaborative action and impact. Over the past decade, more than 400,000 people across 138 countries have taken part in Inside Out which has inspired collaborations and conversations about a range of topics including diversity, feminism, racism, climate change and art.
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Planning or booked to visit inside Tower Bridge on Sunday 13 June?
The area surrounding Tower Bridge, along with Potter's Field, is likely to be busier than usual. Tower Bridge will be closed to traffic, so we recommend using public transport to get here.
Please leave extra time to ensure you arrive at the ticket office for your allotted entry time.