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London’s Bankside celebrates its colourful past by Flying the Flags

Bankside sits on the south side of the river Thames, stretching from London Bridge to just beyond Blackfriars Bridge. When known as ‘Banksyde’ in the 16th century, the area’s location outside the walls of the City made it a natural landing place for outsiders, dissenters and free thinkers. It became London’s lively pleasure quarter, home to theatres, brothels, gambling dens and taverns.

Although some of the more questionable activities have now thankfully disappeared, Bankside is home to London’s oldest theatres and the world’s most popular art gallery and rich in art, entertainment and culture. Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe and Borough Market are the main attractions on Bankside but there many more located in area’s network of medieval streets.

To celebrate Bankside’s colourful past,  Better Bankside, in collaboration with NB Studio, has challenged over 40 leading artists and designers in Bankside and London to design flags that celebrate the area’s independent spirit. The display of 60 flags is part of London Design Festival (LDF), which celebrates London as the design capital of the world. The flags will fly at Borough Market’s Jubilee Place from 15-23 September 2018, before moving to locations across Bankside.

The new display features work by vibrant artist/designer Morag Myerscough, leading typographer and printmaker Alan Kitching and illustrator Alice Bowsher, as well as Bankside-based Borough Market and a host of local design studios. Following the festival, the flags will be auctioned to raise money for Better Bankside’s three local community partners.

For more information, visit the Better Bankside website here

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