£10m Peckham Complex to transform South East London art scene

Peckham has been threatening to be "the next" somethingorother for a while now - mostly, the next Dalston on account of its nightlife and arts scene. This analysis also confirms Brockley's status as the new Stoke Newington - nearby but more bourgeois.

Hoping to confirm Peckham's ascendancy and their own place at the heart of that story are Bold Tendencies, the phenomenally successful arts group led by Hannah Barry and Sven Mündner, who are to Peckham what Jay Jopling once was to Hoxton. Having created the Bold Tendencies summer sculpture show (topped off with Frank's Campari Bar) in Peckham's 10 storey car park, they now want to turn the building in to a permanent art complex.

The Standard reports:

Barry and the team plan a mixed-use reinvention of the building to incorporate the existing PeckhamPlex Cinema on the ground floor. “There will be light industrial spaces, studio spaces and we’re very keen on Kunsthalle-style [independent] galleries.”

Now that Peckham is a newly desirable location (thanks in part to the East London Overground extension) the fear is that a developer could make a multi-million pound offer to bulldoze it and build flats.

Hence the pre-emptive strike. Barry and Mündner are not against regeneration but would hate the site to be cannibalised. “With the arts centre, we can propose a model that is stronger than selling the car park and generate more rates and more cash in terms of jobs,” Barry says.

There are relatively few major tourist draws between Greenwich and Bermondsey, but Bold Tendencies has already attracted 500,000 visitors in its first six years. If these £10 million expansion plans succeed, then the challenge for areas like Deptford and Brockley, which offer plenty for art-lovers, will be to soak up some of the visitors drawn to this part of South East London.

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7 comments:

Bridget McKenzie said...

This sounds like a great idea. But remind me, what are the draws to Brockley for art lovers?

Brockley Nick said...

Aside from the obvious Open Studio events in Brockley and Telegraph Hill (or venues like the Brockley Jack, The Rivoli and Lewisham Art House), there are plenty of small scale arts events and spaces in the area/ Click on the "art" or "gallery" labels for lots of examples.

bradycath said...

There's The Misty Moon gallery in Ladywell, behind the Ladywell Tavern. Hosts regular changing exhibitons and installations, film nights , special guests with a a bit of hollywood e.r tonight Ricard Kiel ( Jaws from the Bond films) will be there signing autographs, question and answer session and showing The Spy who loved me. Check out their website...

mk said...

To be honest, I think if either New Cross, Deptford or Brockley want to take advantage of the increasing popularity of Peckham, the one thing they are all going to have to develop is some kind of nightlife. Even Peckham can't touch Dalston for the number of clubs and bars on the Kingsland stretch. Perhaps SE needs a few more opportunities for drunken outings on which creative seeds can be sown....

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Joe Fur said...

look wherever nightlife goes so do non-artistic freeloaders who think that they are part of the scenery simply because they live there/drink and take drugs there. i work creatively in south east cos its cheap and not glam like dalston and stokey - i like going out there but its a really distracting and expensive place to work and its very samey. people can natter on about how newly desirable areas bring artists etc but at the end of the day if people want to get their head down produce great work they can exhibit it wherever they want. and they can go out wherever they can afford. if they want to live where they think is going to bring art to them they are just lazy or in it for the image. if south east is going to become like east has become (culturally slack with no balls) then whats the point - where is the progression? if they want to hang around in galleries that charge artists to exhibit eating free wine and cheese in unpractical clothes simply to give out their card adn be part of a already dying 'scene' then they should give up and buy a new hobby. Or go back to Hoxton and enjoiy the last dregs. MInesweeper Rough Art Forever. DIY Deptford Pirates

Headhunter said...

Heaven forbid. I like Brockley as a slightly sleepy backwater albeit in zone 2. The last thing I want is loadsa 20 something Dalston wannabes here... Let them colonise Peckham, it's near enough that I can pop over for a night out but far enough away that when I'm sick of them I can easily escape

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