NewsPress Release: Peckham Platform Announces New Artistic Director

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Nephertiti Oboshie Schandorf announced as new Artistic Director

Nephertiti Oboshie Schandorf has been appointed as the new Artistic Director of Peckham Platform. The South London charity is a recognised leader in the field of socially engaged arts practice with an emphasis on co-creation and a track record of working with internationally acclaimed artists.

Nephertiti’s expertise and experience within the cultural sector includes the development and delivery exhibitions and programmes with organisations including the BFI, the Whitworth and Manchester Galleries, and partnerships including commissions for Art on the Underground, the Singapore Biennale, Somerset House, the 2020 Stanley Picker Fellowship and the 2021 Smithfield public realm commission with the City of London, Hawkins\Brown and Contemporary Art Society.

Her interest in site specific works, interdisciplinary practice and community led placemaking has seen her lead projects with Cement Fields, the National Lottery Community Fund, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Local Trust Creative Civic Change.

Nephertiti succeeds founding Director Emily Druiff who has led Peckham Platform through its first decade, from an experimental temporary gallery space to an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. Emily will continue to have a close relationship with the organisation as an independent researcher and consultant.

Nephertiti Oboshie Schandorf said: “Before I began to work at Peckham Platform, it felt like home. It was the place that introduced me at a critical stage in my practice to artists and cultural leaders such as Sonia Boyce, Kimathi Donkor and Harold Offeh each of whom have held the door open for many of us (figuratively and literally). This is a small arts organisation that uses the arts as a “Trojan horse” for impactful social and cultural change through co-leadership with overlapping communities formed of artists, activists, protectors and agitators. It is a pleasure to work with such a tight knit and talented staff team especially during these challenging times and as we prepare to move into our new home. I am proud to be in such strong company womxn of colour who are excelling in their fields and making spaces where talents can thrive. I look forward to nurturing experimental and community embedded artistic practice and networks.”

Emily Druiff said: “Nephertiti’s passion for art and equality has made this transition possible. I’m excited to see how her socially motivated vision drives the organisation into its next decade. Social art has never been more important or more needed, and I’m looking forward to bringing my experience at Peckham Platform to bear in projects which further develop and explore the practice.”

Upcoming projects for Peckham Platform in 2021 include: Tilting the Mirror, an intergenerational placemaking project co-led by community partners, artist Beverley Bennett and Resolve, an interdisciplinary design collective; and Digital Tapestry, a public realm commission based on youth-led art works.

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