Over the past few months the Anchor and Magnet project has been exploring questions of identity, place, migration and community in Brixton through an artists residency. The Exchange event will provide a space to reflect on our process and how this relates to other projects which work to engage with these themes, using methods including socially engaged art practices, art in the public realm, and addressing questions of urban regeneration and community ownership. The event will be a day long series of exchanges, with presenters including artists, academics, and community activists followed by open roundtable discussions.
Alongside this, there will be walking tours of the area lead by local residents and market traders, and residency documentation showcasing our artistic productions. The event is supported by The Migration Research Unit, University College London.
Tickets are £20 full price, limited concessionary and free bursary places available for Brixton residents and students. Includes lunch, refreshments and an evening drink in the market.
The day will begin and end in Brixton market, the focal point of the Anchor and Magnet project, with the main exchange held at Brixton East, a venue just nearby.
Further details can be found on the Anchor and Magnet blog: http://anchorandmagnet.wordpress.com/
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Anchor and Magnet
Anchor & Magnet is led by artist/curator Barby Asante, artist/academic Katy Beinart and artist/creative producer Kate Theophilus.Our name reflects a shared interest in place, identity, migration and community. Brixton is a place with a long-established and still evolving tradition of attracting migrant and peripheral communities: it is a magnet. It is also a place where incoming communities and individuals have established an often powerful sense of rootedness in relation to their locality, and have evolved identities informed by their new home: it has been an anchor. Thanks to funding from Arts Council England and UCL, we are exploring these ideas through a short-term artists residency based in an old railway arch in central Brixton and a stall in the Street Market. The arch functions as an open studio and a space of sharing and exchange. The market stall acts as a space of encounter and exchange and as a signpost for the project.