10 January - 20 April
The City of London’s global success is partly due to it being a safe place to live, work and visit. Measures to ensure the safety and security of the City have a long history, from the defensive wall built by the ancient Romans to the latest strategies based on inclusivity and resilience.
What was once a bastion of the Roman empire is today a global financial centre and key contributor to the UK’s economy. Over the last 2,000 years the City’s inhabitants have changed from mostly residents to workers and the threats to security have evolved, presenting fresh challenges. Yet the need for forward thinking strategies to keep citizens safe remains unchanged.
This exhibition explored the history of security in the City, and looked at how the City of London Corporation and the City of London Police are using innovative new technologies and international intelligence to ensure that it becomes the world’s safest city area by 2025.
Generation Pop-Up Installation: A Tree Come True
Exchange Square Broadgate
1 October - 26 October
An exciting installation arrived at Broadgate’s Exchange Square. We challenged a team of young Londoners aged 16-18yrs to design an art installation that tackles the theme of loneliness in London. The winning design, A Tree Come True, offers a real platform for social interaction and has been facilitated by Scale Rule, a collective of architects, engineers and designers.
The project created in a collaboration between The City Centre and Broadgate, was designed to spark young peoples’ interest in the construction industry and related careers. Through free workshops facilitated by Scale Rule students aged 16-18yrs conceived group ideas for the pop-up creating drawings and models of their designs. The winning concept, chosen by a panel of industry judges, was then transformed into the final installation by Scale Rule’s team.
Composed of a bespoke kit of parts made up of pipes, plywood and standard joining components the piece uses materials donated by Sir Robert McAlpine from Broadgate’s site. Scale Rule worked with a team made up of the young people and volunteers to complete the construction in one weekend.
Linda Kitson: iPad Drawings
18 May - 1 September 2018
The City Centre in partnership with the City of London Corporation hosted an exclusive new series of works by artist Linda Kitson.
Kitson, who is best known for her work as an official war artist during the Falklands conflict, created a vivid collection of iPad drawings capturing the Square Mile’s dynamic skyline, with over 50 works displayed in full technicolour throughout The City Centre gallery.
The City Centre was the City’s ‘hub’ during the London Festival of Architecture with 2018 year’s theme being ‘identity’. The show of new work by Linda Kitson explored the development of key sites across the eastern city cluster and included locations such as Bishopsgate, Leadenhall, Liverpool Street, Lime Street, St Mary Axe and Broadgate.
This exhibition was possible thanks to the support of the City Property Advisory Team at the City of London Corporation.
City Streets: Transport for a changing Square Mile
5 February - 31 March 2018
At a time of significant change across the Square Mile, our City Streets exhibition considered how the use, design and management of streets needs to evolve over the next 25 years.
The exhibition supported a major consultation exercise to inform the development of the City of London Corporation’s Transport Strategy. The consultation gathered information about the views of City residents, workers and visitors on the key issues and priorities for transport and the public realm.
A Smarter City
28 April – 16 December 2017
The City Centre, in partnership with the City of London Corporation and Brookfield Property Partners, undertook a programme of activity including a three-part ideas competition a comprehensive ‘smart’ exhibition and extensive supporting events programme including panel discussions and hackathons.
As part of the ‘A Smarter City’ programme we are invited submissions to a new three-part ideas competition to provide a series of innovative solutions to some key problems across the theme of ‘Smart Cities’.
A Smarter City Media Partner: Dezeen
Working with The City Centre and the City of London Corporation, artist Rebecca Louise Law created 'The City Garden', a site-specific installation of natural materials inspired by gardens within the City. This was the first public art installation at The City Centre and was sponsored by The London Wall Place Partnership, a joint venture between Brookfield and Oxford Properties. This micro-theatre of London’s natural world featured fresh flowers entwined with copper wire which were suspended above head height so they could be closely observed as they dried and preserved.
The City Centre commissioned two films of City gardens that accompanied the exhibition and a map of the gardens that inspired Rebecca’s installation. The map was also available in an app that led visitors through the City’s open spaces detailing the history, horticulture and design of some iconic gardens.
Rebecca Louise Law is an Installation Artist based in East London, specialising in artworks made with natural materials, namely flora. The physicality and sensuality of her site specific work plays with the relationship between man and nature. Law is passionate about natural change and preservation, allowing her work to evolve as nature takes its course and offering an alternative concept of beauty.
Notable commissions include ‘The Flower Garden Display’d’, (The Garden Museum, London),‘The Grecian Garden’ (Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens), and ‘Flowers 2015: Outside In’ (Times Square, New York) and Law’s work has been exhibited at sites such as the Royal Academy and the Victoria & Albert Museum.