Peckham Space is pleased to announce the launch of a new permanent, public artwork on Peckham Square: Peckham Peace Wall by Garudio Studiage celebrates the wall of post-it notes of love and respect for the area which grew on Rye Lane following the disorder of last year, and launched on the 8th August 2012 to mark this one year anniversary.
Commissioned by Peckham Space with funding from Southwark Council’s Greener Cleaner Safer fund, the Peckham Peace Wall comprises 4000 original post-it messages including those from London Mayor Boris Johnson and Leader of Southwark Council Peter John alongside those from residents. Each of these was digitally hand-traced by artists Garudio Studiage working with young people from Peckham.
Peckham Space will also launch of a new artwork inside the gallery: The Peace Blanket by Mhairi Macaulay, a student at Camberwell College of Arts, invites people of all ages to stitch a message onto a felt square and add it to the growing number of messages on display in the gallery. The blanket will grow over the month to include comments from hundreds of people and will eventually be displayed in Peckham Library in 2013.
Viewing the Peckham Peace Wall up close, community members are able to read the notes and re-find their own contribution within the piece which spans the 3m x 9m western wall of Peckham Square, SE15. These are also interspersed with blank ‘notes’ onto which new comments can be made.
Started by four members of Peckham Shed Theatre Company on a board covering the broken window outside Poundland, the original Peckham Peace Wall attracted the involvement of thousands of local people whose comments grew to eventually fill seven hoardings.
When the time came to replace the windows and remove the original Peckham Peace Wall, members of the public were anxious not to lose this unique record of the public’s thoughts and emotional response to what had happened within their town centre. The permanent public artwork was developed in response to a public consultation led by young people from The Challenge with over 100 members of the public in Peckham on what they would like to see happen to the original Peckham Peace Wall and their thoughts about how best it should be preserved.
Chris Ratcliffe from Garudio Studiage said:
“We are so pleased to be working on this project. As long standing residents of Peckham, been able to help to create something that has brought so many people together, and enabled them to show the very positive things that make Peckham a brilliant place to live and work.”
Cllr Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council said:
“Immediately after the disturbances last summer the council made an offer of emergency repairs money and suspended business rates for enterprises shut down due to attacks on their premises. We are continuing to support the community and build on the positivity that locals have shown by spending £1 million on a number of projects targeted at businesses and at young people. The business elements of the fund are designed to inject fresh thinking and energy to our high streets at a time of ongoing economic hardship, triggering sustainable improvements. For young people we are proposing investing in a number of areas including youth business start-ups and pop-up youth projects in empty premises in the borough.
“By displaying the permanent peace wall here I believe we can show everyone that Peckham is a place full of hope with a great future ahead of it. “I am delighted to unveil the permanent artwork of the peace wall here in Peckham Square. I hope that this striking work will serve as a reminder to everyone that Peckham’s community has a strength of spirit that has and always will outshine the actions of a mindless minority.”
To coincide with this project, Peckham Space and Garudio Studiage have produced a limited edition print inspired by the Peckham Peace Wall, sales of which will help to fund our free Art Clubs in the future. You can buy your print online at: www.peckhamspace.com/shop
During August , Peckham Space is working with other organisations to run a month-long programme of free events including Peckham Space Art Clubs inspired by the Wall with free, drop-in creative activities open to all. Peckham Space is hosting a celebratory one day Peckham Peace Festival in Peckham Square on 19 August.