04/05/2023 - 30/06/2023

Contemporary - Film

Frank Bowling - Arrival

Daily Screening: 8:22-25pm

The Cultural Institute of Radical Contemporary Arts (CIRCA) is proud to present Arrival – the first digital artwork by modern master Sir Frank Bowling. Celebrating the 70-year anniversary of his arrival in London from British Guiana (now Guyana) in May 1953, the exhibition runs from 4 May until 30 June and coincides with The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III and the 75th anniversary of Windrush, respectively.

Reflecting on his arrival in London Sir Frank Bowling OBE RA, said ➳ “The moment I arrived in London, I knew I was home.. My uncle met me at Waterloo, and we travelled by Tube to Finchley Road. I wasn’t even listening to what he was saying, I was looking round. It was summertime, and the whole of London town was still into the Coronation. And I went all over London – even up past Piccadilly Circus – travelling on the buses, on the train. It was amazing.”

One of the world’s greatest living abstract painters, Frank Bowling has spent the last six decades of his career dedicated to the exploration of paint and colour, creating a powerful and original style that has influenced the art historical canon. Marking the first time that the artist’s work has been shown in a digital context, Arrival tells the story of his journey from British Guiana to the UK in 1953.


Piccadilly Lights Piccadilly Circus, London W1D 7ET