Art Explorations on line – City East and Thameside

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Date(s) - 06/05/2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


London Art Explorations are a series of walks investigating artworks displayed in outdoor settings in London, created and led by Gail Astbury, public art enthusiast as well as a practitioner in her own right.

We’ve adapted to the times and are thrilled to be offering a guided public art tour for all to enjoy from home. The tour will be held on Zoom using Google Streetview, and will be recorded too. It will take approximately 60 minutes, and there will be a chance to ask questions during
the tour.

NAIL by Gavin Turk ‘it’s a floating signifier that can stand in place of things’. New Change, London photo: Google Streetview


The City of London has had a public art strategy that few other local authorities can match.  Besides having an annual temporary sculpture trail, it has also commissioned several pieces for permanent display amongst its many streets and alleys.  Construction of further tall buildings in the City has hardly ceased in the last decade, and each boasts atriums and receptions filled with art that can often be viewed from the street.  This tour will start on the Southside of the river at City Hall (the HQ for the Mayor of London not of the City of London), cross Tower Bridge and make a circuit around St Paul’s Cathedral to London Bridge (not far from Mansion House, the home of the Lord Mayor of the City of London).

Gail writes: ” We will see new and familiar works from David Batchelor, Fiona Banner, Gavin Turk and Thomas Hetherwick amongst some of the most iconic architectural landmarks in London and indeed the world.


After booking, you will receive a confirmation e mail (this may take a few hours).

You will then receive details of the Zoom meeting vie e mail within 3 hours of the start of the tour – the email will include a link to the virtual tour. Unfamiliar with Zoom? It is advisable to sign up to Zoom (it’s free to you as a participant) – do that right away. View this video about joining a Zoom meeting.

Join the meeting a few minutes before the start time (treating it like going to the theatre and taking your seat).  Within 5 minutes of the tour beginning, we will lock the meeting, so no one else can join the tour – this is a security measure to try minimise what’s called “Zoom bombing” and late arrivals cannot be guaranteed entry. 

Once on the tour a hand drawn map, so when restrictions are eased you can retrace the tour.

BOOKINGS CLOSED, there is no set ticket price on this Virtual Tour – we leave it up to your discretion (may we suggest £8-£12) – just use the PayPal Donate button below and then remember to book using the form you find at the bottom of this page (you can return to this page from PayPal):

Working for the NHS or as a key worker? – no need to make a donation as we are in your debt, just reserve a ticket below – please make sure you do as we won’t know to whom we need to send joining instructions.

Missed your chance to join – send us a note via our Get in Touch form as if we have sufficient sign ups we may run it again.

What people have said about Gail’s Art Explorations when on foot:


Bookings are closed for this event.