Erection date: 8/8/2012
Peckham Peace Wall
Following the disorder of August 2011, The Peckham Peace Wall was started by four members of Peckham Shed theatre company on a board covering the broken window outside Poundland. This attracted the involvement of thousands of local people whose post-it note messages of love and respect for Peckham grew to eventually fill eight hoardings.
When the time came to replace the windows and remove the original Peckham Peace Wall board, members of the public were anxious not to lose this unique record of the public's thoughts and emotional response to what had happened within their town centre.
This permanent public artwork has been developed as a creative response to a public consultation, led by young people from The Challenge Society working with Peckham Shed, which asked members of the public in Peckham what they would like to see happen to the original Peckham Peace Wall and for their thoughts about how best it should be preserved.
The Peckham Peace Wall is a project originated by Peckham Shed which has resulted in a public artwork by Garudio Studiage commissioned by Peckham Space, Camberwell College of Arts funded by Southwark Council through the cleaner greener safer programme and Peckham and Nunhead Community Council.
Peckham Space is an art venue that is part of Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, dedicated to commissioning location-specific artworks made in partnership with community groups in Peckham.
Garudio Studiage is a Peckham-based creative collective set up by Chris Ratcliffe, Laura Cave, Anna Walsh and Hannah Havana. Their practice includes graphic design, jewellery, illustration, fine art and printmaking.
Peckham Shed is an inclusive theatre charity that provides free theatre arts training for young people in Peckham aged between 5 and 17 years, offering them a safe place to imagine, create and play, giving a weekly, regular activity to commit to and rely on.
Camberwell College of Arts is part of University of the Arts London (UAL). Operating at the heart of the world's creative capital, UAL is a vibrant international centre for innovative teaching and research in arts, design, fashion, communication and the performing arts.
Funded by: UAL: University of the Arts London Camberwell, Southwark Council, Albemarle Graphics Limited.
Commissioned by: Peckham Space.
In partnership with: Peckham Shed Anyone Everyone Theatre, Garudio Studiage, Whitten Timber.
Dulwich on View says: "Up close, community members will be able to read the notes and re-find their own contribution within the piece which will span the 3m x 9m western wall of Peckham Square. It will also be interspersed with blank ‘notes’ onto which new comments can be made."
Site: Peckham Peace Wall (1 memorial)
SE5, Peckham High Street, Peckham Space
Credit for this entry to: Alan Patient of www.plaquesoflondon.co.uk