Jo Dennis at Peckham 24

Peckham 24 returns for fourth edition

Peckham 24 returned to Copeland Park and Bussey Building this weekend to showcase the best contemporary photography.

The short festival took place during Photo London across warehouses, galleries and art spaces in one of London’s most exciting and dynamic artistic quarters.

This year’s festival expanded with additional exhibition spaces and a weekend programme packed with live events.

Webber Gallery's large scale installation at Peckham 24
Installation shot: Webber Gallery

Collaboration and community

The 2019 artistic programme celebrated its grassroots beginnings as a collaboration between a community of artists and curators in the Bussey Building.

Curated by festival directors Jo Dennis and Vivienne Gamble, it centred on these dual themes of collaboration and community.

Highlights included a special Friday night projection of Tom Hunter’s Le Crowbar performed as a slideshow by the artist.

Le Crowbar documented a group of friends living and raving in a double decker bus across Europe during the summers of 1995 and 1996 in the wake of the introduction of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

Rehearsing the Real is a group exhibition curated by Tom Lovelace.

The central element was a live collaborative work by artists Erola Arcalís, Emma Bäcklund, Ramona Güntert, Steff Jamieson and Joshua Leon which unfolded throughout the weekend.

Go Home Polish is a solo exhibition by Michal Iwanowski which began as an Instagram performance in 2018.

Responding literally to graffiti in Cardiff that said, “Go Home Polish”, Iwanowski drew a line on a map and made a 1,900km journey on foot between Wales and Poland with a British passport in one hand, and a Polish one in the other.

This year’s programme also included partnerships with Photoworks and Webber Gallery.

Michal Iwanowski's work at Peckham 24 was inspired by racist graffiti
Installation shot : Michal Iwanowski

Peckham 24 2019

Established in 2016 by artist Dennis and curator Gamble, the festival is not-for-profit.

The aim was to create a vibrant weekend of events during Photo London and draw a crowd to experience the exciting and dynamic art scene in Peckham.

Artists taking part in the fourth edition included:

  • Larry Achiampong
  • Sarah Howe
  • Hitesh Ambasna
  • Erola Arcalís
  • Emma Bäcklund
  • Thom Bridge
  • Marianne Bjørnmyr
  • Augustine Carr
  • Tom Hunter
  • Katrin Koenning
  • Steff Jamieson
  • Michal Iwanowski
  • Joshua Leon
  • Alix Marie
  • Tenzing Dakpa
  • Maja Daniels
  • Jo Dennis
  • David Gates
  • Albert Grøndahl
  • Ramona Güntert
  • Raymond Meeks
  • Alexander Mourant
  • Anna Perach
  • Sarah Pickering
  • Baud Postma
  • Martin Seeds

Peckham 24 was held from Friday, May 17, to Sunday, May 19 at Copeland Park and Bussey Building.

For more information visit www.peckham24.com

Spectrum Photographic was the print partner – producing C-type, Giclée and vinyl prints.

Main image: installation shot, Jo Dennis

Katrin Koenning's work at Peckham 24
Installation shot: Katrin Koenning

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