RSA x theCOLAB with Holly Hendry


  • Activity, Outdoor and Pop-Up
  • Tickets from free - £15.00
  • Embankment
  • Over 18
  • Wed, 24th Apr 2024 @ 17:00 - 19:30
  • 17:00 - 19:30

Join us and leading commissioner Claire Mander of theCOLAB discussing the sculptural transformation of public space in the context of The Artist's Garden and artist Holly Hendry's intervention 'Slackwater'. The event will begin with an encounter of her work at The Artist's Garden before walking over to RSA House for the in conversation and drinks. 

theCOLAB unites people, land and art by commissioning epic, life-affirming and career-defining sculptural works in undervalued and underused outdoor public spaces. The Artist's Garden, on the roof of Temple tube station, with 85 metres of river frontage and only a 7-minute walk from RSA is a popular public open barrier free destination for the contemplation and appreciation of the power of sculptural interventions by women artists. Holly Hendry is a sculptor whose work embraces scale, place and public and she will talk about the conception and execution of 'Slackwater', her first London and most expansive work to date. It is an immense sculptural entanglement that weaves together the watery history of its riverside location, with references to the abstract rhythms of the Thames and liquid movements within the human body. Drawn to changes in the pattern of the river's surface, she constructed the 35 metre long work with industrial-scale ducting, curled around electricity spools and over casts of inflated boat fenders to create a work that ebbs and flows across the site's architecture. The artist's visual language is drawn from ancient depictions of floods and rivers, and 19th century microscopic images of Thames water, described as 'monster soup', a bacterial slurry teeming with surreal, animated forms.
About the Artist's Garden

The Artist's garden has transformed a 1400sqm hidden and neglected roof terrace above Temple tube station into a place for the public to experience large-scale life affirming artistic interventions by women artists. Situated next to Somerset House and accessible by steps from Temple Place, it has extensive views and a vibrant programme of artist commissions large and small, artists residencies in the Artist's Hut and an education programme for 13-16 year olds. It is open to the public all day every day for FREE from 8am with seasonal closing times at dusk. Everyone welcome! or for more information. 

Tickets: pay what you can. £5/£10/£15.




Ticket Event time Cost
Pay what you can / £15 17:00 - 19:30 £15.00
Pay what you can / £10 17:00 - 19:30 £10.00
Pay what you can / £5 17:00 - 19:30 £5.00
Comp 17:00 - 19:30 Free admission



RSA House 8, John Adam Street, WC2N 6EZ



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RSA House
RSA House has been home to the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce) and its 30,000 strong fellowship since 1774 as well as some of the greatest thinkers and social activists of the past 200 years. Some notable names of past and present fellows you might recognise include Charles Dickens, Dame Judi Dench, Sir David Attenborough and Professor Steven Hawking. The Coffee House is open to the public Mon-Fri from 8:30am. We host ticketed event throughout the house regularly and there is something for everyone. Everyone is welcome. The house also hosts 11 bookable spaces that are available for all event types - from conferences to parties. Get in touch at for more details.


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The Royal Society Arts and Commerce is long historic charity that aims to make positive change for society. They're housed in stunning Georgian town house near Charing Cross and just off The Strand, on John Adam Street. Over the past 250 years, the building is now a hub for people from across the country…


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