About

About Peckham Platform

WE ARE CHANGING

Our gallery is closed while work takes place to redevelop Peckham Square.

While our new gallery is being built Peckham Platform will deliver an exciting series of projects across Peckham and South London throughout 2017 and 2018. Sign up to our newsletter or follow us on Twitter and be the first to hear about our programme of co-commissioned exhibitions, social arts research and learning activities.

Peckham Platform will take over the new gallery space in the redeveloped Peckham Square, set to open in 2019. Our new permanent home will have more space, better facilities and a greatly expanded programme of free cultural events.

Peckham Platform is a creative and educational charity based in a gallery on Peckham Square, SE15. It became independent at the start of 2014 and was awarded Arts Council national portfolio funding six months later. As an organisation it believes that communities can inform and shape their engagement with their locality by working with contemporary visual artists. Its programme of commissions creates meaningful and accessible social arts practice for Peckham and beyond, providing an expansive platform for different voices and debate, bringing contemporary social practice alive.

OUR VISION

Our vision is that communities can inform and shape their engagement with their locality by working with contemporary visual artists.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to create meaningful and accessible social arts practice for Peckham and beyond.

OUR PRACTICE

We support artists and communities to co-create and own new artworks by:

1. Working with the best social arts practitioners who prioritise working with people as an integral aspect to their practice.

2. Working with communities in a sustainable way to identify issues that are important to them and can be addressed through contemporary art.

OUR OBJECTIVES

Our objectives for the next three years are to:

1. Deliver an expanded co-commissioned gallery programme which will deepen our relationships with our community partners in Peckham;

2. Champion social arts practice and become a critical resource for HE partners, leading practitioners and engaged organisations;

3. Critically investigate the social impact of our place based work so that we contribute to wider sector development and influence policy making in this area;

4. Build a sustainable organisation with diversity and partnership at its heart.

OUR IMPACT

The work we do in Peckham helps increase civic pride and build a positive sense of place.

The work we will do to champion and critically contribute to the development of social arts practice will increase the number of communities that can enjoy this kind of positive cultural experience.

The work we do to critically investigate the social impact of our place based work will influence future policy in this area.

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    Emily DruiffArtistic Creator and CEO

    Emily Druiff was Peckham Platform’s founding Director and is now its Artistic Director and CEO. Her knowledge and belief in the power of social arts practice to make contemporary art more relevant to people’s every day lives is what drives the curatorial vision for the organisation. Working towards the relaunch of the new gallery in 2019, Emily continues to lead on a programme that explores the social potential of contemporary art practices through models of co-commissioning and partnership working.

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    Marlene SmithExecutive Director

    Appointed as Executive Director in 2017, Marlene Smith works closely with the Artistic Director, to help grow the organisation as it transitions from its former home to the new building in the new Peckham Library Square. Marlene is an artist and curator who has worked with and led organisations for 30 years. She joined Peckham Platform with experience of having led a large capital project: The Public Gallery Ltd and a history of leadership roles in other arts organisations including; African & Asian Visual Artists Archive, Croydon Clocktower, Black Art Gallery, West Midlands Minority Arts Service.

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    Jolie HockingsMarketing and Office Coordinator

    Whilst studying Visual Culture at Brighton University Jolie spent time researching where gallery space fits in the education system. She is passionate about the role the arts play on improving the lives of young people and communities. After graduating in 2015 she went on to intern within the community department at the International Center of Photography in New York before joining Peckham Platform as a volunteer in 2016. Jolie has now returned to the organisation as Marketing and Office Coordinator. With a firm interest in film photography Jolie facilitates a photography book group and afterschool club.

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    Lauren BrownYouth Platform Coordinator

    Lauren graduated from Middlesex University in 2008 with a BA in Dance Performance. After her studies, she worked as a teaching assistant at both mainstream and special needs schools throughout London. She started at Peckham Platform in 2014 as a volunteer, later becoming Youth Platform Assistant and now Youth Platform Coordinator. Lauren has a keen interest in community and socially engaged arts, photography, textiles and craft.

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    Dee AjibaYouth Platform Assistant

    Dee graduated from Falmouth School of Art in 2014 with a BA in Fine Art. Throughout her studies she worked with vulnerable adults and children and is now based in a special needs secondary school as an Art & Textiles TA. Before joining as Youth Platform Assistant, she volunteered at the gallery for almost two years. Dee is part of an art collective who are interested in interactive installation and performance. They have shown their work at artsdepot, Brainchild Festival and recently participated in a residency programme at Platform Southwark.

    Board of Trustees

    Richard Watts – Chair of Trustees
    People Make it Work and Local Resident
    Phil Allison
    Director, Culture Shock Media and Local Resident
    Kerry Bishop
    Chief Operations Officer, Frieze
    Paul Goodwin
    Professor of Transnational Curating and University Arts London Chair of Black Art and Design
    Graeme Hall
    Creative Director, Google Creative Lab and Local Resident
    John McMahon
    National Policy Adviser for Learning, Volunteering & Digital, Heritage Lottery Fund
    Helen Protheroe
    Director of Development & Alumni Relations, Royal College of Art
    Karen Turner
    Freelance Consultant and Local Resident

    Volunteers
    Rebecca Bedding, Lisa Darrer, Clara Dias, Michelle Dwyer, Jodie Elliott, Shabnam Etemadi, Caroline Gray, Kenzie Larsen, Isla Macer Law, Yuyang Pang, Gulnaz Can Pincis, Hélèna Pugh, Farha Quadri, James Randell

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    Flora Duley Project Coordinator

    Flora is a practicing artist and studied Fine Art, at Chelsea College of Art. She co-ordinates a Visual Arts Fringe Event at Peckham Festival and has worked as a film-maker gathering oral history interviews in the collaborative production of the ‘Changing Face Collective’ titled ‘Where will we live’ at Southwark Playhouse’. Flora continues to exhibit as an artist and facilitate learning activities for different groups of all ages in London galleries and during school residencies.

Partners & Funders

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  • Partners
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Peckham Platform is committed to working in close consultation with its partners to provide young people and residents of Peckham with direct contact to artists and positive creative experiences. We aim to develop partnerships with organisations who prioritise education and creativity as a key objective and that are geographically located close to Peckham Square, London SE15.

Case Studies

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Case studies of Youth Platform’s exhibition Platform Press House in collaboration with artist Harold Offeh, Sarah Cole’s exhibition Tribe and the South London Black Music Archive by Barby Asante.

Impact Study

Click on the links below to download our Impact Studies looking at the past four years of operation.

Policies

Our Environmental Policy, Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Volunteer Policy are available on request. Please email info@peckhamplatform.com.

If you are interested in hiring Peckham Platform please email info@peckhamplatform.com for more information.

Our Environmental Policy, Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Volunteer Policy are available on request.