With over 200 people at the party to celebrate the launch of the Peckham Space Open 2012, it looked like Shoreditch had arrived in Peckham. The crowd was trendy, buzzy and clearly excited by the quality of work and range of media on display.
Adding to the conversation was that everyone at the party could vote for their favourite 2D and 3D art. The winners were Erica Parrett with her knitted balaclava entitled I live next door to Mad Frankie Fraser, and for 3D, Celine Villaneou with her cardboard sculpture, Horse with no name #2. An invited panel of judges awarded their prizes to Jacquie Utley for her oil painting Untitled and Charlotte Mei for her ceramic work, Plates.
Other exhibiting artists include print-maker Chris Clack (short-listed for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize); abstract artist Caroline Wright; fine artist and teacher Sheila Hardy; Laura Moreton-Griffiths, whose paintings are a wry convergence of social and magical realism; local photographer extraordinaire Phil Polglaze; Nick Cobb (selected for the Whitechapel’s 2012 Open) and his son, Theo, working with black and white film. Tracey Francis exhibited a print and her son, Ethan, aged 13, a drawing good enough for any graphic novel.
Some of the art in the show, such as my photograph taken in Rye Lane (right), celebrates Peckham; a rich subject by any account. I’ve been snapping in Peckham for a dozen or so years, the results can be seen in a Blurb book entitled Feckham Peckham (the title deriving from Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot).
Peckham Space is open Tuesday-Friday, 11-5, and Saturday-Sunday, 11-4. The show continues until Thursday, 20 December 2012. The gallery, situated in front of Peckham Library, is part of the University of the Arts London. Its remit is to increase access to cultural and educational activity in Peckham. Come along. It’s free and definitely rewarding. Most of the art is for sale, perfect for unique gifts.