From short stories to drag queen storytelling and art installations, this June we will be celebrating LGBTQIA+ culture across Canary Wharf in celebration of international Pride month.
Kaleidoscopic Prisms, Fiona Grady at Jubilee Place atrium, 1 June - 21 August
‘Kaleidoscopic Prisms’ by Fiona Grady is inspired by the children’s toy, combining a palette of rainbow transparent vinyl triangles that dance across the glass surface of the Jubilee atrium. The colour palette references the iconic Rainbow Pride Flag which reflects the diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community.
This joyful use of colour celebrates every queer identifying individual to align a sense of collective belonging. The coloured shapes interlock and follow the structure of the glass panes to create directional arrows that lead the viewer’s eyes to the central entrance. The stained-glass effect pours coloured light into the building with shadows from the shapes appearing on the floor and surfaces. The artwork changes with the light of day offering each viewer a unique experience.
Proudly Together, Rebecca Strickson at Cubitt Steps, 1 June - 2 July
‘Proudly Together’ wraps a rainbow river around Cubitt Steps to remind us of how the equal love we all want encompasses everyone in London, and not only during Pride month.
Each aspect of all the Pride flags comes to life as individual badges on the steps representing everyone irrespective of their sexual orientation. We are all equal here.
Rebecca Strickson’s installation is a joyful colourful look at the serious subject of love and a reminder we strive for equality. As a proud bisexual artist, Strickson has created a temporary world where we can harmoniously exist, equally, lovingly and passionately whilst not forgetting the past elders who have made this possible.
Short Story Stations: Pride Takeover, 1 June - 2 July
Three authors part of the LGBTQIA+ community will be taking over our Short Story Stations for a very special Pride celebration. Each button will be programmed with a different author’s story that can only be printed at the Canary Wharf Short Story Stations.
Our stories celebrate and shine a light on the queer community and the difficulties that those in that community face. Authors Kirsty Logan, Okechukwu Nzelu and Juliet Jacques have all written short fictional stories that reflect their own unique perspective.
Both the Reuters Plaza and Riverside steps will once again be getting a colourful Pride rainbow makeover.
CLIP Theatre’s Big Drag Storytime, Saturday 26 June, 11am, Crossrail Place Roof Garden
Part of our Summer Family Festival, we are delighted to welcome CLIP Theatre and their fabulous Big Drag Storytime!
Experience a storytelling experience with a difference. Hosted by CLIP’s glamorous Drag Queen, settle in for a fabulous storytelling session accompanied by sparkly props, live music, puppetry, general silliness and bubbles. Suitable for ages 0-5 and their families.