City workers and residents are being invited to attend a Culture Mile Pop Ups consultation event at Smithfield Rotunda Garden on 24 August to share their views about plans to transform the north-west corner of the Square Mile into a major cultural and creative destination.
Plans for Culture Mile, which were announced last month, will see the area stretching from Farringdon to Moorgate improved through better wayfinding and signage, new green spaces, lighting, public information, and art installations. To signal the first steps in the animation and transformation of the area, Culture Mile Pop Ups features a range of temporary art installations, gardens and signage.
From 21 to 25 August, the Smithfield Rotunda Garden features artist Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan’s ‘Joy and Peace’ Week - one of the Culture Mile Pop Ups - with free activities and performances taking place throughout the week. People attending the consultation event on 24 August at the Smithfield Rotunda Garden will be able to experience the ‘Peace’ pavilion – ‘Joy’ is the installation on Silk Street.
In recent weeks, the City of London Corporation and Fluid, a London-based design and creative agency, have held a series of consultation events at Smithfield Market, Barbican Podium, Moor Lane Community Garden, and the area around Farringdon station. Fluid, which will draft a ‘Look and Feel’ strategy for Culture Mile’s public realm later this year, is encouraging people to attend the Smithfield Rotunda Gardens event to discuss their views about the plans to create a world-renowned destination that places culture and creativity at its heart.
Catherine McGuinness, Policy Chairman at the City of London Corporation, said: “I hope that as many people as possible attend the consultation event at Smithfield Rotunda Garden. I am sure that City workers, residents and visitors will be engaged and inspired by how the City of London Corporation and its partner institutions are planning to build on the area’s rich cultural heritage and transform the area over the next 10 to 15 years. We are looking forward to hearing the views of local residents and workers as we all work to ensure that Culture Mile’s ambitious vision delivers for everyone who lives and works in the City.”
The event at Smithfield Rotunda Garden will be held from 11am to 6pm on Thursday 24 August. Anyone wishing to ask a question or register for updates should contact the Culture Mile consultation team on [email protected] and visit the website, www.culturemile.london
‘Joy and Peace’ Week sees free activities and performances taking place throughout the week at the Smithfield Rotunda Garden including bespoke short poems every lunchtime from 12 – 2pm; yoga sessions and swing dance lessons from Swing Patrol (21 Aug); street theatre from Slap Haddock (22 Aug); performances from Opera Anywhere (23 Aug); Bollywood Brass Band and a West-African kora player Jally Kebba Susso (24 Aug) and a quartet of jugglers (25 Aug). Full details at www.culturemile.london
Artist Morag Myerscough said: “Joy & Peace, is a response to the fractious times we are all living in. The two installations twin ‘JOY’ along Silk Street and ‘PEACE’ in the Smithfield Rotunda Garden. The artwork is composed of six symbols: heart = LOVE; globe = SOCIETY; PEOPLE; sun = JOY; eyes = WIDE OPEN; star = ENERGY; flower = PEACE and combined together radiate positivity. JOY installation represents the symbols on equal levels with all the powers working together and the PEACE Pavilion and Garden focuses on the sun=JOY and the flower=PEACE symbols to create a playful and thought-provoking space.”
On 16 to 20 and 23 to 27 August (12 – 2pm and 5 - 7pm) at Cromwell Place, Barbican on the corner of Beech Street and Silk Street, visitors can experience Folk in a Box, a one-to-one performance venue that provides a personal performance offering a unique musical experience. Participation is on a first come first served basis and is strictly limited to one person at a time.
The City of London Corporation invests £80m every year in heritage and cultural activities of all kinds. It is the UK’s largest funder of culture after the government, the BBC, and the Heritage Lottery Fund.