NewsCreative Civic Change in Peckham

Peckham Platform has been awarded funding for a new cross-generational and cross-cultural project to champion meaningful and creative civic change in Peckham.

Supported by The National Lottery Community Fund, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Local Trust Creative Civic Change. The initiative exists to establish a greater knowledge and understanding of community-led cultural activity and will take place across three years.

In a context of growing inequality, the programme seeks to ‘Tilt the Mirror’ on the negative perceptions of Peckham and use the arts to promote cross-cultural and cross-generational understanding; encouraging all residents to contribute to a new future for the area.

An initial Development Phase established The Peckham Partnership, a working group formed of Peckham Platform, Leaders of Tomorrow and Golden Oldies. The partnership held regular community gatherings in the form of open, facilitated workshops with a cross-section of community members. Organisations including Black
Heroes Foundation, Peckham Park Road Youth Project, Peckham Park Road Baptist Church, residents’ associations, young people, and other local community leaders were involved over a three-month period.

Artist Nana Varveropoulou facilitated sessions to drive ideas, solutions, and tangible creative outcomes– all focusing on how the project might respond directly to the most pressing opportunities and challenges of Peckham as a unique locality.

This project will empower residents through creativity and provide a platform for those who often struggle to be heard in the process of regeneration that is rapidly transforming our area. Residents will reclaim Peckham’s public spaces as welcoming areas to come together; reinvigorated through performances, exhibitions, artistic interventions, and more. Our locality’s vibrancy will be celebrated, recognising the diversity of experiences and histories that contribute to Peckham’s unique identity.

The Peckham Partnership as a core working group came to include 5 members:

Russell Profitt MBE and Gloria Brown
Chair and trustee of the Golden Oldies;
Bassey Dunu
Peckham Park Baptist Church;
Vallin Miller
Director of Leaders of Tomorrow; and
Nephertiti Schandorf
Artistic Director of Peckham Platform.