You can find rainbow steps, murals, drag shows, and more at Canary Wharf.
Pride Month is back, and various parts of London are once again showing their support to the LGBTQ+ community by launching public artwork, special initiatives, and Pride-themed events. Canary Wharf is joining in with a series of beautiful art installations aiming to educate and inspire passersby. (All photos by Canary Wharf)
The Reuters Plaza and Riverside steps have been transformed into rainbow walkways, while the Cubitt Steps have been decorated with a beautiful rainbow river mural. ‘Proudly Together’ was created by the bisexual artist Rebecca Strickson, and is designed to remind onlookers that “the equal love we all want encompasses everyone in London, and not only during Pride month”.
Over at the Jubilee atrium, Fiona Grady has installed a captivating window design titled ‘Kaleidoscopic Prisms’, which incorporates colours from the rainbow Pride flag and celebrates queer identifying individuals while aligning a sense of collective belonging. It will stay in place well past Pride Month, until August 21.
Canary Wharf’s Short Story Stations have also had a Pride makeover. Three LGBTQ+ authors are sharing short fictional stories that reflect their own experiences, which can only be printed at the stations. The stories are meant to shine a light on the queer community and the difficulties individuals belonging to it still face today.
Finally, as part of Canary Wharf’s Summer Family Festival running from late May to late August, CLIP Theatre are bringing their fabulous Big Drag Storytime show to Crossrail Place Roof Garden on June 26. The interactive storytelling session is aimed at kids aged 0 to 5 (and their families), and combines the art of drag with a family-oriented performance featuring live music, puppets, glitter, and bubbles.
You can find more information and stay up to date on Pride festivities on the Canary Wharf website.