A Thing of Beauty

A season of events celebrating beauty, love and truth.

This year, the City of London Corporation's Outdoor Arts Programme will present A Thing of Beauty, commemorating the bicentenary of the death of the poet John Keats and celebrating beauty, which was a recurring motif in his work. The season will focus on beauty, love and truth, exploring these concepts through the lens of art, nature and relationships and addressing themes of diversity, the environment and sustainability. 

Nowhere on earth is unaffected by the devastating effects of climate change. With rising temperatures having an observable impact on our planet causing environmental degradation, extreme weather and natural disasters, food and water insecurity and economic disruption.  As we reach irreversible levels of damage and change, now is the time for collective action.  

Through a programme of new commissions, outdoor performances and events, on street exhibitions, walks and tours, music, installations and digital work, A Thing of Beauty will explore the urgent issue of the climate crisis and celebrate diversity in all its forms. This season of commissioned artistic work will take a solutions-focused approach to telling the climate emergency narrative through creative exploration and interventions.  

"Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all
  Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."

John Keats - Ode on a Grecian Urn

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