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Rise Art's pick of upcoming events for the Jubilee weekend!

Celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in style this weekend.

By Sophie Nibbs | 31 May 2012

Pimms and bunting at the ready! As Britain gears up to celebrate the Queen's 60 years on the throne, we take a look at some of the best events taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend to get you in a patriotic mood.

The Queen: Art and Image at The National Portrait Gallery, London

Lightness of Being (2012), Chris Levine.

As one of the world's most instantly recognisable figures, there is no shortage of artistic representations of Queen Elizabeth's image. The National Portrait Gallery brings together a collection of portraits of HRH dating from the 1950s to the present day, to explore our changing perceptions of the monarchy and how this is reflected in iconic imagery of The Queen herself. Including work from Andy Warhol, Annie Leibovitz and Lucien Freud, this celebration of regal portraiture is definitely one to see this weekend. 

National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin's Lane, London, WC2H 0HE
17 May - 14 October 2012

For further details see the Rise Art events page.


Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, London

Artist's impression of the Jubilee Pageant 2012.

This Sunday will see one of the largest flotillas ever assembled take place on the River Thames. A mixture of rowing boats, working boats and pleasure boats of all shapes and sizes will take to the water, making their way from Battersea Bridge to Tower Bridge, passing many of London's most iconic landmarks along the way. There will be plenty of ways to get involved in the festivities, whether by boarding one of the union jack adorned passenger boats that are to be stationed along the river, or by making your way down the the banks of The Thames to watch the action live or on one of 50 big screens that have been erected. With fireworks, live music and performances all adding to the spectacle, this is sure to be one big royal party!

For further details see the Rise Art events page.


Diamond Jubilee Festival at Battersea Park, London

If you prefer your festivities on dry land, head down to the Diamond Jubilee Festival taking place at Battersea Park. Celebrating music, art, design and food from the last 60 years the festival promises to have something for everyone. Not only will there be stalls, live music, an outdoor cinema and a chance to see the flotilla as it passes, but cake specialists Konditor and Cook will be displaying their tribute to The Queen, her likeness created from 3,120 individuals cakes, one for each week of her 60 year reign. The festival, organised by designer Wayne Hemingway and artist Clare Patey who curated Feast on the Bridge for the Thames Festival is definitely one of the highlights of the jubilee celebrations this weekend.

Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ
03 June 2012 10am-7pm

For further details see the Rise Art events page.


Jubilee Weekend at Tate Modern

Tate Modern: Riverside festivities.

Getting in on the action this weekend, Tate Modern have announced they will be hosting their version of the traditional British street party. Their riverside party will feature the best in British fare, alongside a selection of British beers and a Pimm's tent to provide refreshment this Bank Holiday weekend.  With some of the best views in London, settle down alongside the iconic building to watch the flotilla as it passes, or wander along the Southbank and soak up the party atmosphere. 

Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
02 June - 05 June 2012

For further details see the Rise Art events page.


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