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'London is Love' photographed by Liz Johnson Artur and commissioned by Southbank Centre
'London is Love' photographed by Liz Johnson Artur and commissioned by Southbank Centre

'London is Love': the exhibition celebrating south London's community spirit

Liz Johnson Artur's photographs are on display across the Southbank site

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El Hunt
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The best thing about this city are the people who live here. There are almost 9 million of us, and while it can feel lonely trying to navigate the hellscape that is rush hour at Bank, there are amazing Londoners building tight-knit communities all over the capital. For a new exhibition at the Southbank Centre, photographer Liz Johnson Artur has turned the lens on to some of the groups creating those links – in this case, south of the river.

‘London Is Love’ visits a few of the communities making London more welcoming, including Camberwell’s super-inclusive LGBTQ+ venue The Chateau, creative collective Born N Bread, and Ebony Horse Club: a riding centre in Brixton for disadvantaged young people. You’ll also spot Archbishop’s Park Gardening Club – a Lambeth project that provides a calming space for adults with mental health issues – and Coldharbour Lane’s secondhand institution Bookmongers of Brixton among the array of photographs on display across the Southbank Centre.

Show these pictures to your grumbling relative who thinks London types are mean, unfriendly and self-obsessed. Take that, Nan.

‘London Is Love’ is at the Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall until Jan 7

All photographs: by Liz Johnson Artur and commissioned by Southbank Centre

Check out some of our favourite highlights below

Born N Bred

Born N Bred

The Chateau

The Chateau

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Black Cowboy Coffee

Black Cowboy Coffee

The Effra Hall Tavern

The Effra Hall Tavern

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Archbishop's Park Gardening Club

Archbishop's Park Gardening Club

Blackfriars Settlement

Blackfriars Settlement

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