Peckham Heroes celebrates Peckham’s historical and famous residents in a lively and innovative new artwork where the gallery is transformed into a drop in day-time karaoke bar that encourages active participation.

Peckham HeroesPeckham Platform, SE15

Peckham Heroes celebrates Peckham’s historical and famous residents in a lively and innovative new artwork where the gallery is transformed into a warm, relaxed and sociable space that encourages active participation.

Celebrated artist Jessica Voorsanger has transformed Peckham Space into an interactive drop in day-time karaoke bar dedicated to ten personalities that have a connection with Peckham which were chosen by local young people from the Harris Academy who worked with Voorsanger on the project. Visitors can dress up in one of the bespoke costumes and wigs made by the artist and perform their heroe’s theme song on a specially constructed stage. A video work featuring the artist and a range of other performers is projected when live performances are not taking place.

The Peckham Heroes are:
Ashley Walters (actor & musician: So Solid Crew, Adulthood); Boris Karloff (actor, Frankenstein); Jo Brand (Comedian); John Galliano (Fashion designer); Chris Eubank (boxer); Mary Phillip (International footballer); Michael Caine (actor: Alfie, The Italian Job); Rio Ferdinand (International footballer); Olivia Coleman (actress: Peep Show, Rev); Thomas Tilling (inventor of the bus stop as part of his major horse-bus service which commenced in Peckham).

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From September 2010, Jessica Voorsanger has worked with year 11 art and music pupils from Harris Academy Peckham to select the ten Peckham Heroes and to design posters that will be posted around SE15 to celebrate the local heroes of Peckham and raise awareness of the project.

Jessica Voorsanger said: “The karaoke bar will transform Peckham Space into a social space which people can inhabit, have conversations and enjoy performances, even join in! Peckham has been home to such wonderful characters over the years, and I’m excited to be able to celebrate both the already famous, and some of the less well-known through my work at Peckham Space.”

Press Coverage

The Independent

The Creative Boom

Peckham Heroes was also featured on BBC London Radio, Time out London, The Saatchi Gallery Magazine and The Art Newspaper

Podcast

Video

This video by Gordon Beswick documents the launch event and artist talk for Peckham Heroes, during which artist Jessica Voorsanger was in conversation with Dr Jean Wainwright, an art critic and art historian who is currently the presenter for The Art Newspaper (TV) and who holds a senior lecturer post at the University for the Creative Arts Rochester England. This talk addressed the themes of art and celebrity and investigate it’s relevance to contemporary art practices today.