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Temple of Agape: Morag Myerscough & Luke Morgan. Festival of Love, Southbank Centre, London

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The Temple of Agape is a celebration of the love of humanity – and a temporary installation created by Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan for the summer ‘Festival of Love’ commissioned by the Southbank Centre, London as one of the seven Ancient Greek themes of love – Agape, Storge, Pragma, Philia, Philautia, Eros and Ludos.

The festival will showcase love in all its forms – exploring the seven Ancient Greek themes of love through workshops, performances and installations. The final weekend, inspired by Agape – the love of humanity, celebrates the year in which same-sex marriage became legal. All couples, gay or straight, young or old, are invited to marry or renew vows on the stage of the iconic Royal Festival Hall.

temple of agape, pho#D0A194“Our temple is bold and brash, telling you to come over and Look at me! I’m well-dressed and ready for Love! Come in, come in!” The Temple stands proud like a peacock with its giant Martin Luther King quote, expressing the power of love to the world. Inside its heart is calm and dappled with light for contemplating complex emotions, a place that can transform with Love expressed within

Inspired by Martin Luther King’s declaration about love, “I have decided to stick with Love” Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan incorporated the words into their Temple, making a place for joy and noise as well as quiet contemplation. The Agape procession begins with a neon ribboned 60-metre long canopied series of love benches which lead to the entrance of the temple. The visitor can then journey through or stop and sit in the dappled lit temple and then proceed up the flight of stairs festooned with banners and signs that form a joyful parade to the next level of the Southbank Centre.

original_agape-drawing-lrThe temple stands 8-metres high and 12-metres wide, made from a scaffold structure, supporting hundreds of words and clad with hand-painted exterior ply. Over 300 wooden panels of varying sizes were painted in Morag’s studio other a three-week period with the help of two assistants, Lizzie Toole and Kathryn Cross and a group of volunteers.

Morag Myerscough – speaks globally about ‘belonging’ and ‘making spaces into places.’ Her work is characterised by an engaging boldness, creating specific, local responses to each distinct audience that will see and experience the work, using it to create community and build identity. She makes places from spaces that people like to be in, that stimulate and often make you smile. She creates and curates many different types of work. The eclectic breadth of work covers the conversion of a train to a café, a tweet building, a hospital ward and interpreting many types of buildings.

Luke Morgan – Punk is not just an aesthetic to artist Luke Morgan whose recent paintings explore found materials in the form of words and their meanings. Found language — grafitti and the idea of embracing the wildness in both large and small scale pieces. In his paintings, pop-art colours and titles like ‘Monarchy’ and ‘king Rocker’, along with his chosen words hark back to Morgan’s varied experiences as 80’s psychobilly musician and devotee of a 50’s aesthetic. He writes and performs with his band ‘The highliners’ and curated the ‘Let it Rock’ venue at Goodwood festival.

Supergrouplondon – In 2010 Morag and Luke founded Supergrouplondon a loose collective that creates projects with a group of specialist producers.

For the London 2012 Olympics, Morag Myerscough was commissioned to create the ‘Movement Café’ in Greenwich working with writer Lemn Sissay one of the official Olympic poets. In November 2013 the ‘Movement Café’ won the Best Public Space Scheme FX Design Award and was commended for the AJ Sustainability Small Project Award. In 2013 Morag and Luke completed the Discovery Pavilion at the new Library of Birmingham. In July 2014 they created a kinetic installation called ‘Swing it!’ for the Orangery, Wakefield, Yorkshire, UK.

Southbank Centre, Festival of Love – 28th June — 31st August 2014

Temple of Agape, temporary installation for the Festival Of Love. Artists: Morag Myerscough & Luke Morgan. Southbank Centre, London, UK

Curator: Georgia Ward, Southbank Centre
Producer: Beth Burgess, Southbank Centre
Project Manager: Paul Denton, Southbank Centre

Photographer: Gareth Gardner and making pics Supergrouplondon

Morag Myerscough. morag@studiomyerscough.co.uk / +44 (0)7736 074440   / +44 (0)20 7729 2760



About jeh

Jeremy Hunt is Director of the AAJ Press (Art & Architecture Journal / Press) – a writer and consultant on art and public space


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