Pop-up gardens planned across Southbank, Bankside, and London Bridge

Cityscapes, a not-for-profit alliance of artists and designers, is planning the temporary gardens as part of the inaugural Chelsea Fringe festival timed to coincide with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The group has teamed up with seven members of the South Bank and Bankside Cultural Quarter: the Design Museum, the Architecture Foundation, Tate Modern, the National Theatre, the London Eye, The Old Vic Tunnels and the Imperial War Museum.

According to Cityscapes, famous names from art, fashion, theatre, architecture, music and dance will work with accomplished garden designers to create new garden installations offering unexpected and unusual solutions to design and social challenges.

“With the the world’s eyes on us for the Olympics, what better time to show a blooming London by greening up some of London’s best landmarks?” asks Cityscapes director Darryl Moore.

“Cityscapes is a series of cross-disciplinary. collaborations aimed at producing six innovative green spaces in the cultural heartland of London’s South Bank and Bankside.

“It’s about taking show gardens to the streets – producing floral drift downriver from Chelsea to the South Bank.”

While the Chelsea Flower Show runs for just a few days in late May, Cityscapes wants its temporary gardens to remain in place for nearly four months from 19 May till The Mayor’s Thames Festival in early September.

“Following the project they will be found new homes where they will become an integral part of the social fabric of their new communities,” says Darryl Moore.

Old Vic artistic director Kevin Spacey has lent his backing to Cityscapes’ ideas.

“The creative challenges and imaginative possibilities Cityscapes offer excite us and we can see how it will be a unique experience for both Londoners and visitors, in what is going to be a stimulating and busy year,” says Kevin Spacey.

“We see the garden as something that will complement and interact with the diverse range of events we host at The Old Vic Tunnels, as well as those in the Cultural Quarter as a whole.”

Andy Sturgeon created this temporary garden inside a capsule of the London Eye to promote the cityscapes project. The capsule was also marketing champagne, and so there was lots of champagne in the pod alongside the petunias.


Local Tai Chi teacher Lindon Rankin wins British Open Tai Chi Championships


(We’ll be seeing him at the Rio when they introduce pushing hands into the Olympics… watch this space!)

Come and join the Free Tai Chi classes at the Gateway Centre on Tuesdays at 1pm with Lindon

Elephant leisure centre exhibition

see http://www.southwark.gov.uk/elephantleisure

Lend Lease, the development agency responsible for ‘transforming the Elephant and Castle’ are at the final stage of their consultation on the redevelopment of the leisure centre, and will be presenting their plans to the public today and tomorrow (Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th March 2012).

Drop into the leisure centre between noon and 8pm to view the plans and meet their team.

22 Elephant and Castle, London SE1 6SQ

0.9 acres of the existing leisure centre has been handed over to Lend Lease to build a residential development adjacent to the leisure centre site. The residential development will provide commercial space for shops, cafés and the new 30 to 40 story building will bring life to this part of the Elephant and Castle.”

Photos from the Get To Know Gateway Event!

Here are a few of the excellent photos from our Get To Know Gateway Event last Friday 18th November. The photos were taken by our brilliant volunteer Ijeoma. There will be even more next week! Can you spot yourself in any of them?

People gathering outside, enjoying the free teas and coffees

People enjoyed our excellent free food and drink, whilst mingling and talking to each other as well as staff and volunteers about the services, classes and programmes they’d like to see at the Gateway

Visitors enjoying the free Batik session

 Visitors also got a chance to take part in some taster sessions of the classes that the Gateway Centre runs, such as Clothes Making and Batik on Thursdays at 10.30am and Introductory Art sessions on Mondays at 2pm. Check back for more photos soon!

New Cooker!

Exciting times at the Gateway Community Hub as they have just received a delivery of a new cooker in preparation for the Healthy Eating Project which starts next Wednesday 23rd November from 12-2pm. There is also a taster session for the project at the Get To Know Gateway event on Friday 18th November, which is FREE to pop along to and learn some new recipes and skills!