Community comes together as Camberwell Arts Trail launches

9 October 2017

Southwark Council’s Camberwell Arts Trail launched on Friday 6 October. Cllr Johnson Situ, Cabinet Member for Culture and Social Regeneration, was joined by artist, Leoni Bullcock and many local people, to celebrate this community focused project.

The two kilometre arts trail takes people through the heart of Camberwell, 33 works can be found along the walk, which starts at the library and ends at Camberwell Green.

Artist Leoni Bullcock was selected to undertake the project after a public consultation at Camberwell Library. She went on to work with local schools, artists, galleries and community groups, to gather ideas for her designs.

The works comprise of cast metal markers, designed by local groups and artists, that are set into the pavement and smaller street markers, designed by Leoni. Two fixed telescopes provide a close up of a fixed, selected view and two metal sculptures will display an etched historical picture of the area.

Leoni’s works explore Camberwell’s past and present, reflecting the unique characteristics of the place, back to passers by. She hopes her artworks, which are disguised to blend in with their surroundings, will provoke a sense of curiosity. Leoni’s art incorporates and mimics materials found in public spaces, such as lamp posts, bollards and drain covers, sharing the story of the place through familiarity.

Cllr Johnson Situ, Southwark Council Cabinet Member for Business, Culture and Social Regeneration, said: “This is a wonderful project that we hope will draw people in and get people talking. You have to hunt for the works, but they are rich with the vibrant history of the neighbourhood and the talent of the people who live, work and study there.”

Artist Leoni Bullcock said: “Working with local artists, schools and community groups was hugely enlightening. Together we shared grand stories, personal passions, historical truths and hopes for the future; all of this fed into the project and make it a true reflection and a part of Camberwell.”

The arts trail is part of the work the council is doing in partnership with Transport for London (TfL) to enhance Camberwell Town Centre.

This innovative new project is part of the council’s commitment to revitalise neighbourhoods and make Southwark a place people are proud to live and work in.  

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