Edit Oderbolz

Behind the Lid

13 April 2018 - 23 September 2018
VITRINE Bermondsey Square

Charlie Godet Thomas

Cloud Study

3 October 2017 - 30 March 2018
Bermondsey Square, London

Lucy Tomlins

Pylon and Pier

31 March 2017 - 24 September 2017
Bermondsey Square, London

Frances Richardson

Loss of object and bondage to it; Fig. 2

20 September 2015 - 29 February 2016
Bermondsey Square, London

Edwin Burdis

Brad Pitt’s Bruised Bits

26 March 2015 - 25 August 2015
Bermondsey Square, London

Karen Tang


8 October 2014 - 15 March 2015
Bermondsey Square, London

VITRINE launched SCULPTURE AT as a public artwork commission in September 2014 on Bermondsey Square. Its continuing aim is to create a unique platform for temporary public sculpture by emerging and mid-career artists.

The initial programme (SCULPTURE AT Phase One) was conceived and developed through three projects in collaboration with co-founder and artist Karen Tang to ensure that its development would be artist led. Each work stood in the square for six months: the first by Karen Tang (October 2014 – March 2015); the second by VITRINE artist Edwin Burdis (March – August 2015); and the third, Frances Richardson (September 2015 – February 2016), selected through an open call.

SCULPTURE AT Phase Two, launched in March 2017 and introduced a partnership with Contemporary Arts Society (CAS). Each work was presented in the square for six months: the first by Lucy Tomlins (March – September 2017); the second by VITRINE artist Charlie Godet Thomas (October 2017 – March 2018); and the third by Swiss artist Edit Oderbolz (March – September 2018), who was selected by VITRINE’s founding Director Alys Williams and Swiss curator Claire Hofmann; A collaboration that reflects VITRINE’s commitment to promoting artistic dialogue between London and Basel, the two cities where the gallery has spaces.

The choice to avoid common guidelines or need for permanence brought these six unique and compelling commissions into fruition.

“VITRINE is focused on artistic experimentation and material-, process- and installation-led practice. SCULPTURE AT was borne out of these ideas, so I’m delighted to see the project grow. There are, at present, limited opportunities for emerging artists seeking to work with public sculpture in London, which makes this project one of the few places in which such practices can be explored. Furthermore, by creating opportunities for artists who have not previously worked in the public realm as part of the programme, we are committed to developing a broader dialogue in artistic practice, with manifold and stimulating outcomes.” – Alys Williams, 2016.

A public engagement programme incorporating workshops and activities with schools and local groups accompanied each commission, offering further opportunity for dialogue and wider audience reach.

In 2015, VITRINE collaborated with Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre; presenting the symposium, ‘Public Sculpture: From Process to Place’, and a publication – including text by Ellen Mara De Wachter – as part of a shared aspiration to expand the discourse around sculptural practice.

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In September 2018, we will collaborate with Contemporary Arts Society to present a second art forum.

Symposium | Activating Public Space

Wednesday 19 September 2018 | 2pm - 5pm
KINO Cinema
Free, £5 to secure ticket and have refreshments

SYMPOSIUM | Public Sculpture: From Process to Place

Monday 28 September 2015 | 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Shortwave Cinema, Bermondsey Square, London SE1 3UN

Phase Two

SCULPTURE AT Bermondsey Square (Phase Two, March 2017 – September 2018) is funded by Arts Council England and in partnership with Contemporary Art Society and Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre.

Funded by:

Arts Council England
Southwark Council
Swiss Cultural Fund
Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation

In Partnership with:

Pangaea Sculptors' Centre
Contemporary Art Society
Albany Arts

Supported by:

Bermondsey Square
Team London Bridge
Penta Patterns

Media Partners:

The London Magazine

Phase One

SCULPTURE AT Bermondsey Square (Phase One, September 2014 – March 2016) was funded by Arts Council England, Ideas Tap and Bermondsey Square Community Fund.

This programme was made possible with additional partnerships with Bermondsey Square Hotel, Colourpoint, Concrete Canvas Ltd, Inplas Fabrications Ltd, Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre, Perspex Distribution Ltd, Shortwave Cinema, Southwark Council, Team London Bridge, wearegoat and Zucca; and with media partners Art Review and Elephant Magazine.

The open call jury consisted of: Oliver Basciano, Marsha Bradfield, Nadia Broccardo, Matthew Couper, Sacha Craddock, Lucy Tomlins, Amanda White and Alys Williams. The symposium panel included: Sacha Craddock, Ellen Mara De Wachter and Rachel Withers.

Thanks to: Gary Foulds, Katie O’Connell, Michael Buxton and all the team at Bermondsey Square and VITRINE friends and patrons.

Funded by:

Arts Council England
Ideas Tap
Bermondsey Square Community Fund

Supported by:

Bermondsey Square Hotel
Inplas Fabrications Ltd
Pangaea Sculptors' Centre
Perspex Distribution Ltd
Southwark Council
Concrete Canvas

Media Partners:

Art Review
Elephant Magazine