The exhibition entitled
A Celebration of 120 Years, in Tower Bridge Guildhall Art
Gallery in the centre of the City of London, has reopened and
will remain open until 5 January 2015.
Seventeen of my paintings are on view.
I suppose it was because I have so many paintings in the show that I was asked to give a speech and open the exhibition on the 2nd of June 2014.
This I managed to do ( http://youtu.be/cIe3kVdBptY) and to considerable applause, though I rather embarrassingly stumbled at one point and forgot what I wanted to say.
However, the opening was a great success, and the paintings of
throughout its life, depicted by artists through the decades, are shown
beautifully in a lovely gallery. Moreover, helped by the skill of the curator,
Julia Dudkiewicz, and the generosity of the City of Tower Bridge London, everyone enjoyed themselves
At the end of June there was another anniversary “opening”, this time in
itself, taking place within those two upper spans that hold the bridge’s towers
together – or apart. Tower Bridge
This time the speech was made by Dan Cruikshank, the eminent historian, again accompanied with generous hospitality.
The spans were of great interest to me as they were of roughly geodetic construction – the same method that was used during the war in the making of
bombers (in which the latter I flew). Only here, the ’s
spans were made of hefty steel and rivets instead of light aluminium used for
aircraft. Tower Bridge
The cross members that look so thin and elegant from the ground or river are, in fact, substantial and spacious. Both were in use for the party, one holding a live band and many guests for the rather long opening speech.
Views up and down river from this eerie are excellent and, being now glazed, no longer disturb those who dislike heights. People standing beside the
below look minute. Tower of London
Being run by the City of
London, in the heart of the City itself,
is free. And now signs in Guildhall Yard outside the gallery entrance guide
those who wish to see the exhibition into an impressive interior. Opening times
are Monday to Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 12 noon to 4 pm. Guildhall
Do not miss the chance to look around the
adjoining room where there are some original photographs of the bridge under