Totally Thames, the annual celebration of London’s river, is returning in 2022 with mudlarking exhibitions, a river-themed parade celebrating the Jubilee, a remarkable photography exhibition and Tide Changers – a development programme run by Thames Festival Trust that supports early career artists.
Marking the Platinum Jubilee is River of Hope on Sunday 5th June. Young people from around the world and the UK have reflected on their hopes and aspirations for the planet over the next 70 years. Schools throughout the Commonwealth have created artworks inspired by the natural world; 200 will be processed as flags along The Mall as part of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant celebrations. All the artworks created will come together for an exhibition in September at the National Maritime Museum
Delve into the fascinating world of mudlarking with Hands on History. Mudlarking, the practise of searching for finds in the muddy banks of the Thames, has taken place for hundreds of years. From Roman artefacts to lovingly restored Victorian shoes, the river holds the key to a treasure chest of objects shedding light on centuries of London’s history. Hands on History will see pop-up exhibitions, foreshore walks and talks that will provide a unique opportunity to discover the city’s hidden history and take visitors on a journey to iconic landmarks around London. At Watermen’s Hall, artefacts discovered by mudlarks reveal the ‘working river’ and lives of the Thames Watermen and Lightermen. At the National Maritime Museum, mudlarks display historic treasures telling the story of the Tudor palace and maritime history of Greenwich. Upstream at St Paul’s Cathedral, the  Restoration-era city and Great Fire of London come to life through objects lost by people escaping the inferno. There will be an immersive talk at Two Temple Place focussing on the working river, brought to life with themed cocktails and object handling. In London’s Roman Amphitheatre under Guildhall Art Gallery, visitors can stand in the footsteps of the inhabitants of Roman Londinium, learning about life 1,600 years ago.
Tide Changers, the Thames Festival Trust’s development programme, sees three events as part of this year’s Totally Thames festival in September – Climate Grief Karaoke, Choreographies of Care and (Para)site: A discharge of cultural sewage. Performer and creator Katy Dye presents Climate Grief Karaoke, an expression of Ecological Grief in the form of a participatory karaoke night, with cheesy pop songs and performance art, attempting to re-sensitise audiences to their emotional connection to the earth. Audiences can take part in the karaoke during this tongue-in-cheek show. Drawing on the symbolism of the river as choreography, Tide Changers Taeyun Kim, Maja Laskowska and Emilia Schlosser present Choreographies of Care. This immersive dance experience tells a story of care, trust and commitment, and encourages the audience to ‘be’ and ‘listen’ while at the same time feel free with nature.
Tide Changer performer, photographer and writer Zack Mennell presents (Para)site: A discharge of cultural sewage, a site-specific performance and accompanying exhibition. (Para)site explores intersections of class, disability and ecology and responds to the Thames and Deptford Foreshore.
Photographic artist Jonathan Goldberg’s Estuary Hopes, Upstream Dreams explores the c.180 islands in the River Thames. The islands range in size and structure, from those with a bustling urban population like Canvey, to more solitary islands with a single home, and others reserved for wildlife. Goldberg’s photos explore the layers of history of the islands, their inhabitants, and the pervading force of the river. An accompanying short film follows five islanders, including a daily swimmer, a Pagan worshipper and a woman with ducklings in her kitchen, and their crucial connection with the river.
On 10th September, the Great River Race will take place along the Thames. London’s river marathon is a spectacular race for traditional boats, attracting over 300 crews from across the globe with all levels of competitors. From professional athletes to charity fundraisers, with plenty of fancy dress, competitors will race from Millwall to Ham along the River Thames for the chance to become the UK Traditional Boat Champions.
Further programming and events for Totally Thames 2022 will be announced soon.
Title Totally Thames 2022 Dates Thursday 1 st – Friday 30th September 2022
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Website www.totallythames.org Locations Totally Thames takes place at various locations including the Southbank and the Totally Thames website. Enquiries firstname.lastname@example.org
Launching with The Great Pyjama Party on 25th June 2022, Museum of the Home’s Festival of Sleep explores our understanding and experience of sleep and rest, how it has changed over time and across cultures. With thoughtful galleries sharing stories of home from a range of perspectives, and curatorial expertise in inviting
everyone to think about what ‘home’ means, the Museum is uniquely positioned to examine the nation’s quest for more and better sleep. Festival of Sleep will also explore how homelessness, ill health and domestic violence affect our sleep and our dreams. This is the second annual festival from Museum of the Home, following the success of its Festival of Belonging in 2021.
When bedtime was dictated by sunset, the rhythms of waking and sleeping were simpler. Skip to the 21st century and we’re working at home all hours, sometimes across time zones, while our phones and tablets follow us into bed. Sleep has become a problem, says Sonia Solicari, Director at Museum of the Home. It remains as important for our health as it always has been to get good rest, and it remains as damaging to us when we don’t. Festival of Sleep explores the complex realm of sleep and the impact of our home lives on our ability to rest.
The Great Pyjama Party will be a house party like no other. Exploring the Museum after-hours, guests will mingle with models as a roving nightwear catwalk makes its way through the Museum. Sumptuous nightwear, bed linen and picnic blankets in playful, hand-painted British prints by Cath Kidston will adorn the Museum spaces. Guests can sip dreamy cocktails and boozy hot chocolate while enjoying soothing live jazz lullabies, or head for the silent disco. Guests can have their dreams decoded by a dream reader or create the perfect sleepy pillow balm. The Museum’s curators have re-styled the famous Rooms Through Time galleries to explore remedies, potions, folklore, traditions, social norms, myths and magic connected to sleep through the last 400 years. Founder of The Cornrow Kemi Lawson will transform the Museum Reading Room into My Beautiful Georgian Twisted Fantasy. Named in homage to a Kanye West song, Lawson’s installation will be an imagined bedroom of dreams for noted 18 th century British West Indian heiress Dido Belle, who lived at Kenwood House.
Further new interpretations will see the Museum’s Victorian parlour become the scene of a woman’s two-year mourning period for her husband, while the 1915 Drawing Room will become the makeshift bedroom of a soldier returned from the Front as World War I raged, whose injuries mean he has to sleep downstairs on the sofa. The living room of the Museum’s 1937 flat will see its occupant nursing a hangover after a big night out celebrating the coronation of George VI, while its 1998 loft apartment will be the scene of a hazy morning after the night before, when the couple living there were out at the Pride march and then gay bar-hopping.
Festival of Sleep will delve into dreaming minds, address the inequalities of sleep, explore the ways that we can improve health and wellbeing by adapting how we sleep and bring this intangible aspect of our homes to life. Audio installation A Crash Course in Cloudspotting foregrounds those suffering with chronic pain and fatigue, for whom rest is an essential part of the daily routine. Raquel Meseguer Zafe's audio artwork invites visitors to join those with invisible disabilities in the subversive act of rest. Max Richter's ground-breaking nocturnal-inspired composition will be set within the unique surrounds of the Museum of the Home. This 8-hour piece acts an antidote to the overstimulation of modern life, inviting the audience to switch off all distractions and allow themselves to rest.
Art installations such as The Bed by Maayan Sophie Weisstub will invite visitors to engage the with experiences of hidden abuse and trauma, and with their aftermath. This work replaces the crisp clean linen of the archetypal bed with battered and bruised skin, signs of abuse and trauma. Short film Space, Not Spikes tackles the defensive architecture of urban spaces. In 2015, activist and filmmaker Leah Borromeo and a group of friends laid a mattress across sharp metal studs outside in an intervention against hostile objects, such as spikes and uncomfortable seating, designed to make it difficult for people experiencing homelessness to find a place to rest.
Families will be able to discover the Rooms Through Time afresh with a brand-new family trail. As well as new interpretation in the Museum’s Gardens Through Time, hammocks and sun loungers will appear in the gardens, encouraging moments of rest. The Museum will announce a series of talks and workshops associated with Festival of Sleep. Festival of Sleep will promote, highlight, and fundraise for Behind the Door, the Museum’s Campaign for Change in partnership with London Homeless Collective, an organisation bringing together over 25 charities working to support homeless people, including Shelter and the Salvation Army. Behind the Door raises money for London Homeless Collective and raises awareness of the unique issues faced by women and families experiencing hidden homelessness - not sleeping rough, but instead living through the instability of sofa surfing, staying in a friend’s spare room, moving between hostels, sheltered accommodation and local government-provided housing.
Sleep and shelter are defined as human rights in law. However, for too many women and families in London, they are both luxuries, says Lucy Littlewood, Director of Campaigns at Museum of the Home. What does living homelessly – a few days in a hostel or a friend’s sofa, perhaps in a strange or unsafe place far from work, school and friends – do to sleep and rest? Behind the Door is revealing and tackling these issues and we encourage visitors to come and learn more at Festival of Sleep. Learn more about Behind the Door here: https://www.museumofthehome.org.uk/join-andsupport/behind-the-door/
Title Festival of Sleep Dates 25th July 2022 – September 2022 Location Museum of the Home, 136 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8EA Admission Visit us for free,
Tuesday-Sunday and bank holidays, 10am-5pm Tickets The Great Pyjama Party | https://www.museumofthehome.org.uk/whats-on/events/the-greatpyjama-party/
How to get there Museum of the Home is opposite Hoxton Station, which has step free access, and is a short walk from Liverpool Street and Old Street stations. Buses 149, 242, 243, 394 stop on Kingsland Road.
Social Media @museumofthehome #exploringsleep Website https://www.sleep.museumofthehome.org.uk/
CELEBRATE THE QUEEN'S JUBILEE
ON OXFORD STREET
Join us in celebrating Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee on Oxford Street! From once-in-a-lifetime giveaways and royal merch to special menus fit for a Queen, Oxford Street is where you want to be this Jubilee weekend.
Bag a Limited Edition Tote & WIN £100 Vouchers
To celebrate 70 years on the throne, we have teamed up with award-winning artist, Will Rea, to create custom Jubilee totes.
All you need to do to bag one, is spend £30 or more at some of your favourite Oxford Street stores between 3 and 5 June. And that's not all: inside these totes, you may just get lucky and nab a £100 shopping voucher!
Meet the Artist
Behind our Jubilee Totes
Events, exclusive offers
& much more
Mayfair is donning its finest over the bank holiday for a two-day celebration of The Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Running June 2-3, the free party is taking over North Audley Street from noon-7pm daily.
A 200-foot table will run the length of the road, beautifully dressed by luxury tablescapers Lay London and strewn with wild flowers inspired by gardens of the Royal Palaces. Choose from over 30 different cuisines to enjoy, including a special Jubilee kulfi, a traditional Indian ice cream – and one of The Queen’s favourite desserts – given a royal twist.
Any early birds with a sweet tooth should beeline for the chic Connaught Patisserie on June 2, where they'll be handing out free slices of a three-tiered cake that's been created especially for the occasion. If you miss out, head to their pink ice cream cart instead, or one of the other pop-ups, such as Nyetimber's bubbly bus or The Biltmore's buttermilk fried chicken sandwich stall.
There will also be a multitude of summer fete-style activities, including live jazz, artistic soft play for little 'uns and Danceworks performance. So get down there and grab yourself a seat, then sit back, relax and think of Blighty.
Discover what it takes to make a masterpiece in our new online course or head to the Gallery for Friday Lates and get involved in drop-in drawing sessions, live talks and collection tours – here's what to look forward to in the weeks ahead...
From the materials of early Renaissance to the developments of the 20th century, uncover the technical history of Western European art.
Every Thursday, 23 June – 14 July
Learn about the art of the Pre-Raphaelites, Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. Enjoy all six sessions for £75.
Every Wednesday, 8 June – 13 July, 5 pm
Listen to author and art critic James Cahill introduce his debut novel amongst some of the paintings that inspired it.
Friday 17 June