Somewhere over the rainbow…London galleries are plastered with NHS support

The outside of Peer in East London

Nearly two months into coronavirus lockdown and with the prospect of being closed until at least early July, Londons public institutions are beginning to find creative ways to wear their hearts on their walls and windows. First, was the National Gallery, which marked the early May bank holiday with giant projections of Peter Blakes London Stands Together rainbow message across its façade. This was to support poster sales of the image and raise funds to deliver food to frontline charities, the vulnerable and National Health Service (NHS) staff.

Then last weekend Tate unveiled messages of thanks to key workers along Tate Moderns rooftop light box and on banners across Tate Britains river front. In further tribute to the NHS, Tate Britain is also being bathed in blue light every night. In addition, Tate announced that it is now donating gloves, masks and suits from its conservation, art handling and curatorial departments to hospitals and emergency services in London and Liverpool and also distributing food stored in freezers to communities around its two London museums.

🌳💙☁ #ThankYouKeyWorkers
Photo by Tate's Renata Smialek pic.twitter.com/pvGUIkPl7F

— Tate (@Tate) May 15, 2020

On a smaller but no less meaningful scale, Peer in East London is also reaching out to its surrounding communities. Way before the current crisis, Peer already had a reputation for strong local roots and meaningful interaction with its direct surroundings. Permanently in situ outside the gallerys Hoxton Street premises is Black Hands, an illuminated clock designed by Chris Ofili and a public garden and seating in memory of the artist Khadija Saye, who died in the Grenfell Tower fire. Now, in response to the coronavirus crisis, the modest shopfront space has transformed its street-facing windows with a striking message of hope for everyone passing by. Across Peers 10m glazed façade, the now ubiquitous rainbow has been given a graphic reboot courtesy of Fraser Muggeridge studio (who work with many artists, including Jeremy Deller) and is accompanied by lines spoken by Miranda in Shakespeares The Tempest.

O wonder! / How many goodly creatures are there here! / How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world / That has such people int!

The quotation also appears in Turkish, Polish, Spanish, French, Chinese and Bengali reflecting some of the more widely spoken languages in Read More – Source