Bussey Building Studios, Peckham
I think there may be a bit of a South London theme emerging on the blog at the moment and I hope that you’re enjoying discovering some of the architecture, cultural offering (ArtsLav, Unicorn Theatre) and new favourite hangouts I am sharing South of the river as much as I enjoy learning and writing about them.
Today I wanted to write about the Bussey Building in Peckham which is becoming a firm staple of my weekend adventures. The Victorian industrial building is one of the historical centrepieces of leisure and artistic life in the neighbourhood and was saved from demolition in 2009 after campaigning by the council and local residents. It’s a striking and imposing structure with a warehouse feel, tons of character and stunning views over London from its rooftop, which is host to community groups, event spaces, galleries and artist studios – you can take a virtual tour here if you’re curious about what it looks like.
I first visited the Bussey when street-food aficionados Kerb organised one of their early shindigs in the courtyard a couple years ago and I popped by a few more times when Crafty Fox held its seasonal creative markets indoors across several floors. Since we moved to Kennington and Peckham is just a short bus ride away, I have found myself coming back again and again for the wealth of events organised at the CLF Art Cafe, from gigs to theatre, dance, film, club nights and of course, the South London Soul Train.
I had the opportunity recently to attend an Open House at the Bussey Building and to meet some of the interesting designers, makers and artists who work in its studios so I thought I would share a little photo-diary with you:
Featured above, some beautiful screen-printed textiles by Hazel Stark, “humble” homewares by Elin Green and luscious vegetation art drawings by Alicia Galer. If you enjoyed this peek behind the scenes you might want to read about another Open House I attended at Hackney Down Studios.
Are you an artist, designer or maker working from a London studio, your own home or a collaborative co-working space? Where and how do you work, what is your medium and do you like the idea of an Open House, letting people into your creative space? I’d love to do more of these type of posts, I find it super inspiring to peek behind the scenes and explore an artist’s space… so you can expect a new feature on the blog very soon!
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