We are delighted to announce the start of a radical education project, commissioning the artists Barbara Steveni and Barby Asante to meaningfully address the erosion of arts in education today.
The Southwark Education Research Project (SERP) will be reanimated through Steveni’s personal archives dating from 1989 to 1995 that include documentation and memorabilia from the fifteen ‘artist placements’ in schools across Southwark. Spearheaded by seminal artist and Peckham resident Steveni, SERP brought new access to culture and creativity to over 1,500 young people and their teachers.
Now Peckham Platform, Barbara Steveni and artist Barby Asante are working to preserve and reinterpret the archive of this nationally and internationally significant project, creating an important resource and recasting the ground-breaking scheme within a contemporary context. This work – which operated across a broad range of educational departments including young people, teachers and government – will be presented at a number of venues across South-east London in spring 2018, with further details to be announced later this year.