Spanning nine of the central London Thames bridges, from London Bridge in the east to Lambeth Bridge in the west, Illuminated River is a unique public art project that contributes to the wellbeing benefits of walking and time spent outdoors with those of participation in art and culture.
Whether you simply want to take a break and view our virtual exhibitions or go for a walk to see the bridges, Illuminated River hopes to lead to better physical and mental health.
Even with government restrictions in place, visiting the artwork can offer a valuable moment of calm, respite or joy as a part of any evening exercise regime.
If you are unable to get down to the Thames, explore the project from home using these resources
· View our virtual 360 Google Arts and Culture tour of the first four bridges here.
· Watch short films of the first four Illuminated River bridges accompanied by music from Guildhall School of Music & Drama students here.
· Download and colour in our illustrations of the bridges here.
Did you know…
Social prescribing can: reduce patient GP appointments by 33%; improve patient well-being scores by 77%; and reduce health inequalities.
Socially prescribing arts and culture can reduce levels of depression by 73% in adults and increase self-respect, self-worth, and self-esteem in adults with mental health conditions.
*Data Sources: NHS England, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Foundation for the Arts and Mental Health, and Arts on Prescription.