Art Trail of Shakespeare's Quotes for Globe's 25th Anniversary
To mark the 25th anniversary of Shakespeare’s Globe this year, Better Bankside has created an immersive art trail, to bring the Great Bard’s voice back to Southwark, one of his favourite haunts.
Nestled around the Bankside area, 25 Shakespeare quotes have been chosen to illustrate the ways in which Shakespeare’s 400-year-old words continue to resonate, excite and inspire the artists and creative practitioners of today. With works of photography and illustration, textile and graphic design, sound and light-based projections alongside street art and installations by students of Borough Academy, the trail aims to bring to life the playwright’s works through a variety of mesmerising media.
Shakespeare’s ode to love ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day’ is re-interpreted as a commentary on our increasingly fragile planet and the climate emergency by artist Kristina Chan, whilst Attzs’ declaration of universal love is a timely reminder that ‘love is love’, no matter who you are. Australian artist Tomboy Bill’s haunting ‘My Kingdom For A Horse’, brings to life the childhood monsters under our proverbial bed, as Macbeth is interpreted by Layla Andrews who makes literal Macbeth’s imagined scorpions in a billboard campaign while a translation of the Thane of Glamis’ words into the ‘endangered language’ of Polari will light up the railway arches of Southwark Bridge.
The trail has been curated and installed by Better Bankside, Aida Esposito and Jack Arts, in partnership with a myriad of artists, Shakespeare’s Globe, year 8 pupils from Borough Academy, Art Academy, Bankside Gallery, Rose Theatre, Bankside Open Spaces Trust, WPP, Fabrix, Knowlemore and a number of local businesses.
The self-guided trail is free of charge and will be running throughout the summer, until late September, starting and ending at the iconic London theatre.
Bankside London SE1 0FD
Fri 8 Jul to Sun 4 September