The Southbank Centre celebrates key workers in an outdoor art and poetry exhibition
Everyday Heroes is an outdoor art and poetry exhibition that is currently taking place across Southbank to celebrate the contributions of key workers and frontline staff during the pandemic. It features more than 40 portraits of some of the entirely ordinary but remarkable people – among them health workers, bus drivers, faith workers and shop assistants – who helped to keep this country going during the crisis, often working in extremely challenging circumstances and putting their own personal safety at risk.
The exhibition features some big-name visual artists and writers: Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, Turner Prize-winner Jeremy Deller and German fashion photography luminary Juergen Teller. Its focus, though, is defiantly humble. Many of the contributing artists and writers have chosen to portray family members, friends, or people in their local communities. Often disarmingly intimate, each portrait – whether originally rendered in paint, charcoal, photography, collage, or with language – is vividly imaginative and emotionally compelling in its own way.
We are delighted to be the media partner for this inspiring exhibition and have now extended it off-site with portraits presented across several of our billboards on selected streets all over London and other cities throughout the UK including Birmingham, Brighton, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester and Sheffield. Everyday Heroes is open September – November. Find out more here.