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CITYMATTERS.LONDON 16 June - 13 July 2021 | Page 13 ARTS & CULTURE SPONSORED DESTINATION CITY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CHEAPSIDE BUSINESS ALLIANCE, ALDGATE CONNECT BID, EC PARTNERSHIP & FLEET STREET QUARTER THERE are stacks of things happening around the City this month, as more and more workers return to the office. Explore the streets in Cheapside and Aldgate as well as the Eastern City and areas around Fleet Street. The Square Mile has finally awoken. Now hurry up and take part in all the excitement! This month in Aldgate EXHIBITION / Eileen Agar: Angel of Anarchy This art exhibit continues at the Whitechapel Gallery. Whether dancing on the rooftops in Paris, sharing ideas with Pablo Picasso, or gathering starfish on the beaches of Cornwall, Eileen Agar transformed the everyday into the extraordinary. Her unique style nimbly spanned painting, collage, photography and sculpture, even ceremonial hats. Combining order and chaos, Agar’s work fuses vivid abstraction with imagery from classical art, the natural world, and sexual pleasure. This definitive retrospective charts her ground-breaking career from the 1920s to the 1990s. Until 29 August, tickets £9.50 Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street E1 7QX This month in Fleet Street Quarter NEW BAR OPENING / Fleets London A vibrant new cocktail bar, ‘Fleets London’ has opened in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral on Ludgate Hill. Open from late morning to late evening, it’s a great new destination in the Fleet Street Quarter perfect for all occasions - especially if you’re looking for a great spot to watch the EUROS 2020. 44-46 Ludgate Hill EC4M 7DE This month in Cheapside EXHIBITION / Noel Coward: Art & Style The City of London’s Guildhall Art Gallery is opening back up to the public, kicking things off with the latest exhibition, Noël Coward: Art & Style. The free exhibition, originally scheduled to open in summer 2020 to mark the 100th anniversary of Coward’s West End debut LFA BENCHES: Monuments to Mingling by Sohanna Srinivasan. Photo by Agnese Sanvito. as a playwright, brings a wealth of dazzling visuals and effervescent wit to London as the capital emerges from lockdown. Until 23 December, free Guildhall Art Gallery EC2V 5AE This month in EC Partnership ART INSTALLATIONS / God’s Own Junkyard in Leadenhall Market A collaboration between Gods Own Junkyard and Leadenhall Market sees ‘Electric City’ light up the historic marketplace. Designed to inject a blaze of colour and joy back into the capital, the Victorian covered market will collaborate with Gods Own Junkyard on Electric City, an immersive technicolour production involving multiple units and installations. Until 30 July, free Leadenhall Market EC3V 1LT This month across the Square Mile UAL STUDENTS TAKE OVER VACANT SHOP UNITS ACROSS THE CITY An innovative partnership between businesses in the Square Mile and the renowned arts school, UAL Wimbledon Arts College, will see this year’s Graduate Showcase ‘take over’ a number of empty retail units. Starting later this month (21 June) students from the Performance Arts course will have their final degree pieces exhibited in sites across the City of London, in the EC Partnership’s tower cluster area and also across Cheapside. The project activates some of the central London spaces now vacant as a result of the COVID pandemic and its impact on retail and hospitality, providing an attractive welcome for visitors and workers as they start to return to London. It also gives the students a high-profile and easily accessible platform to showcase their skills and expertise. The COVID restrictions have limited the ability for the students to exhibit at the college both last year and this year. The project was developed by the Cheapside Business Alliance and the EC Partnership – business collectives working to enhance their local areas and drive local economic growth. LFA BENCHES UNVEILED IN CHEAPSIDE AND ALDGATE Nine new public benches have been unveiled in Cheapside and for the first time, Aldgate, to mark the 2021 edition of the London Festival of Architecture’s City Benches competition with Cheapside Business Alliance and Aldgate Connect BID. Designed by an emerging group of international and interdisciplinary architects and designers, these new benches will enliven the public realm across the City with their bold and imaginative designs, as London begins to welcome visitors, commuters and locals back to its streets this summer. This year’s collection of benches offers a fresh new take on bringing people back together post pandemic, providing a safe and inviting environment for people to meet again and enjoy the capital with a creative approach to the festival’s 2021 theme of care. The designs hope to start a conversation on how we can better care for another and our built environment, from telling the forgotten stories of the local area through local landmarks and materials to supporting wellbeing by encouraging interaction and tackling sustainability by challenging views on littering and introducing more planting. WHITECHAPEL GALLERY: Eileen Agar’s retrospective. In addition to providing much-needed seating, the benches also encourage passers-by to pause, rest and once again make the most of the City. NEW CITY GIFT CARD Since the launch of the City Gift Card at the end of 2020, the scheme has continued to develop and grow steadily. There are now around 80 businesses signed up from the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors across the City, where the gift card can be used, and this number continues to increase week by week. There are currently around 2,000 cards in circulation, totalling up to a value just under £50,000, which will be spent back into the local economy. As the City continues to open up and we start to see visitors and workers returning to the Square Mile, the City Gift Card makes a great companion. Are you a business wanting to reward your staff members? Are you stuck for gift ideas for your friends and family? The City Gift Card is your perfect solution. With participating businesses ranging from restaurants to bars, from retailers to leisure activities, from hotels to service providers, the City Gift Card has it all. The City Gift Card has been created by the City of London Corporation, Aldgate Connect BID, Cheapside Business Alliance, Fleet Street Quarter and the EC Partnership. It has been implemented to help and support local businesses within the City of London and to promote local spending. Support the places we all know and love and purchase a City Gift Card today. LEADENHALL: God’s Own Junkyard

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