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Southwark Memorial

Memorial Artwork Commission - a memorial for the 21st Century

We've appointed the Contemporary Art Society and formed a panel to commission a new contemporary public artwork. As well as being a symbolic piece of contemporary art, it will serve as a 21st Century memorial to war and conflict.

Located within the new Walworth Square and to be established as part of the Lendlease Elephant Park development, the memorial will be used for reflection, commemoration and remembrance. It will be a marker in time and a place to inspire us to look forward as we remember the past.

The commissioning panel includes Southwark Council, Lendlease, The Imperial War Museum and the Royal British Legion as well as other representatives from the Artists Studios Company, local community centre Inspire and an independent curatorial consultant. The piece is now in detailed design and production ready for installation alongside the construction of Walworth Square in 2018.


We want the artwork to connect with a wide range of people who make our local communities. Focus workshops with independent curator Vivienne Reiss and the artist Albert Potrony and web based consultation provided the selected artist, Kenny Hunter, with responses about what a memorial can be today and in the future. The results of this work and research can be viewed in the consultation report (pdf, 6.5mb)


Community Engagement

summer 2016

Artist appointment

autumn 2016

Artist design development

winter 2017

Detailed design and approvals

spring 2017

Fundraising campaign

spring 2017

Artwork fabrication

winter 2017

Artwork installation

spring 2018

Page last updated: 18 October 2018