Brixton a hive of activity as Design Trail gets under way

Written by on 15 September, 2018 in Art, Brixton Design Trail - 1 Comment
It's a real teaser – the TangleTeezer globe

It’s a real teaser – the TangleTeezer globe

Brixton on Saturday (15 September) was studded with small groups of people putting together their part of the Brixton Design Trail (BDT) that runs throughout next week and further.

From photographer Luke Forsythe fly-posting some of his wonderful local images to promote From Hope to Nope at Brixton Rec, to major construction with timber outside St Matthews for a People of the World installation, there was activity everywhere.

A mysterious semi-globe of TangleTeezer combs appeared opposite the Tube. Local traders were told it represented the world – visitors seemed less than convinced, but fascinated all the same.

Kofi Arts has installations at the Town Hall, Brixton library and Black Cultural Archives.

In Trinity Gardens, Refugees Welcome Lambeth and local residents of Trinity Gardens were preparing to celebrate Brixton’s diversity and the journeys that have brought people here with an installation of 700 pom-poms, welcome banners and flowers made by around 100 people across the borough.

Building the People of the World installation at St Matthews

Building the People of the World installation at St Matthews

 

Passers-by puzzle over the TangleTeezer globe

Passers-by puzzle over the TangleTeezer globe

 

 

One of Kofi Arts’ “Rooted” installations in Lambeth town hall. Rooted was developed as part of the borough’s Windrush 70 celebrations

 

Another' "Rooted: installation in Brixton library

Another’ “Rooted” installation in Brixton library

 

Linnie Rawlinson of Refugees Welcome Lambeth putting up some of the many banners reading "Welcome" in a variety of languages in Trinity Gardens

Linnie Rawlinson of Refugees Welcome Lambeth putting up some of the many banners reading “Welcome” in a variety of languages in Trinity Gardens

 

Henrietta and Wilfred Roeder at the exhibition on Pop Fields of Fiona Freund's Motherworks photographs. Henrietta, a fine artist, and Susan Tomlinson, a psychotherapist, have created "The Shed" at Pop Fields that is due to be open from 10am to 6pm each day of the Design Trail. Shed Stories will be a space to write and share stories – from the everyday to the extraordinary.

Henrietta and Wilfred Roeder at the exhibition on Pop Fields of Fiona Freund’s Motherworks photographs. Henrietta, a fine artist, and Susan Tomlinson, a psychotherapist, have created “The Shed” at Pop Fields that is due to be open from 10am to 6pm each day of the Design Trail. Shed Stories will be a space to write and share stories – from the everyday to the extraordinary

 

Photographer Luke Forsythe posting his images on the Network Rail arches hoardings in Atlantic Road

Photographer Luke Forsythe posting his images on the Network Rail arches hoardings in Atlantic Road

 

Part of the Kindred Spirits theme, installations across Brixton by South London design collective AWMA are floating reflective clusters of human silhouettes. The life-sized figures are intended to remind viewers of our humanity and provoke thoughts on belonging, identity and reflection.

Part of the Kindred Spirits theme, installations across Brixton by South London design collective AWMA are floating reflective clusters of human silhouettes. The life-sized figures are intended to remind viewers of our humanity and provoke thoughts on belonging, identity and reflection.

And, to prove that creativity is busy in Brixton, whether it’s part of the official Design Trail or not, Anna Schmidt and Melissa North of Under Way Studio were outside Studio 73 in Brixton Village showing Saturday shoppers how to make screen prints like this one on a tote bag. Until 7 October, Studio 73 will be showing Printed Spaces, a screen-printed show exploring the architecture of London’s cultural spaces with live printing and print workshops.

Anna Schmidt (front) and Melissa North of Under Way Studio

Anna Schmidt (front) and Melissa North of Under Way Studio

 

About the Author

Alan Slingsby moved to Brixton just as the 1981 uprising began. His nearest pub was the Effra and nearest off licence the Frontline — long gone in an earlier wave of closures of treasured community establishments. Has edited newspapers for the National Union of Students and National Union of Teachers. Now makes a living designing magazines and books and anything else people will pay him for.

One Comment on "Brixton a hive of activity as Design Trail gets under way"

  1. Stuart Taylor 15 September, 2018 at 9:15 pm ·

    Mean while, all the artists in Brixton Village had to vacate their studios today due to rising rents. Where’s the story about that?

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