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Artist Talk: Leo Villareal

Southwark Cathedral
Friday, Nov 22
7–8:30 PM

The Illuminated River Foundation presents a talk by Leo Villareal celebrating the completion of the first phase of Illuminated River - an ambitious public art commission which is transforming the capital at night, lighting up to 14 bridges on the River Thames. The first four bridges: London, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium, were illuminated in July 2019. Once complete, Illuminated River will span from Albert Bridge to Tower Bridge, making it the longest public artwork in the world, seen over 130 million times each year.

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Artist Talk

Following a special introduction by the Dean of Southwark Cathedral, Andrew Nunn, who blessed the Illuminated River project in July 2019, Leo Villareal will discuss the artistic inspiration behind the recently completed bridges and share plans for the next phase of the project and its intended legacy for London.

Southwark Cathedral
London Bridge
7–8:30 PM

Tour & Artist Talk

There are a limited number of tickets available for a guided walk of the first four bridges - London, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium - led by key members of the Illuminated River Project Team. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the project in situ through the expertise of the architects and lighting designers who have helped deliver this major artwork for London.

The tour will finish at Southwark Cathedral in advance of the talk by Leo Villareal.
Meeting point to be confirmed via email for all 'Tour & Talk' ticket holders.
6–7 PM
Tickets: £10; £5 concession for unwaged, students, and under 18.

For more details and to purchase tickets, please visit the (opens in a new window) Illuminated River's website.

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