The Foreshore will explore what being a Londoner means today with works by London-based contemporary artists displayed alongside objects found locally by mudlarkers. This exhibition will provide emerging artists a platform to create a dialogue between identity within the city, our personal archaeologies, and the relationship of memory to place and objects.

Located on Cheyne Walk, West London, the exhibition will also respond to its site in relation to the past and present status of the city by examining the foreshore, the land between the river and solid ground, as a place where the confluence of history, both great and small, is collated.

Londoners walk by the river Thames every day. We stream over bridges and run along embankments in thousands, yet few look over the barriers into the water. It remains the artery of London, both as geographic landmark and a container of histories. What was once a thriving commercial hub has become home to a handful of boats and a group of diggers on the foreshore: London’s mudlarkers. Grand Anglo-Saxon artefacts are found between shards of beer bottles, a lost pram and a Tudor shoe. Clay pipes scatter along the shore, and from their forms it’s possible to discern designs from over 400 years ago. What were these people thinking as they smoked their last puff of tobacco and threw the pipe in the water?

Please not that this exhibition is not wheelchair accessibile. Please be aware of that proximity to water on the pier means it is not advised for small children.

Event times

  • The Foreshore

    Sat 16 Sep
    11am - 6pm

  • The Foreshore

    Sun 17 Sep