LONDON VISIONS - A NEW PERSPECTIVE
Talk to anyone on the streets of London and you’ll inevitably discover a myriad of languages, cultures and beliefs. Despite fears of Brexit, and endless speculation over it’s consequences upon London and it’s inhabitants, there is still an engine of change going on all round us. It is a city full of surprises, not just the fixed fabric of the city; the buildings, streets, squares, but the people who come to the capital. Londoners are what makes the city what it is - a blend of cultures weaved together in a tapestry of almost nine million individuals. Despite the wealth in this capital, London also has an underlying darker side; of inequality, exploitation and outrage and revelations of it’s violent history with the blitz, bombings, rioting and towering infernos continues.
London is a magnet attracting creative talents in film, theatre, music, literature and visual arts. It presents a broad canvas from which to be inspired from. Many artists have made London their canvas as a source of inspiration; Turner, Monet, Sisley and Whistler are a few who have found London as a inspiration over the centuries.
Eleven diverse artists are represented by the Leyden Gallery’s newest exhibition focussed on London and its people and reflect their individual responses on an ever evolving, developing city that is pushing it’s boundaries each day.
Martin Ireland - Curator ‘London Visions’ 2018