About Peckham Platform


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


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


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 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.


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 DruiffExecutive Director

    As Executive Director of Peckham Platform, Emily Druiff has strategically lead the organisation’s transition, in 2014, to become a new UK charity. During this time she has secured the influential endorsement of securing National Portfolio Organisation status from Arts Council England. 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. She looks forward to realizing the new expanded mission – to create meaningful and accessible social arts practice for Peckham and beyond.

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    Richard WattsChair of Trustees

    Richard Watts is our founding Chairperson and an organisational development strategist for the consultancy People Make It Work. Already a committed supporter, he comes with a deep knowledge of our sector and the issues we face; his experience helping Southwark develop their cultural strategy in 2013 and the fact that he’s lived locally for seven years are invaluable.

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    Laura MischLearning Assistant

    Laura graduated from Newcastle University in 2015 with a degree in Media, Communication and Cultural Studies. She has a particular interest in grassroots/political art and was awarded an expedition scholarship from Newcastle University to undertake research at Bilgi University in Istanbul. This work explored digital visual communication during the Gezi Park protests. Subsequently Laura was invited to present the research at the Foundation of Art and Creative Technology in Liverpool. Alongside her work at Peckham Platform Laura works at the Horniman Museum and as a musician playing the saxophone.

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    Flora DuleyLearning Assistant

    While working as a freelance Arts Educator Flora returned to university to study Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art, graduating in 2016. Flora recently co-ordinated a fringe event at Peckham Arts Festival and worked as a filmmaker in the collaborative production of ‘Where will we Live’ at Southwark Playhouse. Flora continues to exhibit as well as facilitate educational learning activities in galleries, festivals and schools.

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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 for six years. She started at Peckham Platform in 2014 as a volunteer and works in The Barbican’s Creative Learning department assisting the team with various projects, workshops and events. Lauren has a keen interest in community and socially engaged arts, photography, D.I.Y publishing and ‘zine-making.

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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 has worked with vulnerable adults and children and is now based in a special needs secondary school as an Art & Textiles TA. Before joining Peckham Platform as The Youth Platform Assistant, Dee volunteered at the gallery for almost 2 years, taking part in projects such as ‘What Really Matters?’ in partnership with Tate. Alongside her work at Peckham Platform, Dee is a visual artist interested in collaboration and interactive installation.

    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
    Annette Brook
    Communications Manager, The Royal Society of Literature
    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, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
    Karen Turner
    Freelance Consultant and Local Resident

    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

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.


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.