Art against council culture cuts at Carnegie Library

Head to the Carnegie Library for ‘Pleasure & Beauty’, a free exhibition of paintings, book works, prints and sculpture running until 31 May which aims to generate local support for the library in the face of impending council cuts.


Six artists (Sumi Perera, Alison Bickmore, Jason Shuttleworth, Shane Greeves, Julia and Jane Langley) are exhibiting their work at the Carnegie Library in an exhibition organised by local social enterprise

‘Pleasure & Beauty’ runs until Sunday 31 May and aims to attract visitors to help save the library in face of council funding cuts, which will leave the Carnegie reliant on volunteers and alternative funding streams to remain open.

BluePatch is hoping that this exhibition will encourage people to come up with ideas for the newly available ‘hire spaces’ that are available to locals andwill provide revenue to keep the library open.

“The Carnegie Library is Lambeth’s dream space,” says Jane Langley, founder of BluePatch, “with generously proportioned rooms, bathed in transcendental light, a secret garden – the ultimate ‘feng shui’ – you can forget Starbucks – the Carnegie is the place to be!”

“The library’s future is in the balance, so local people are gathering round, protecting it by finding creative and useful ways to utilize the fabulous rooms, before the axe falls and this gem is lost to the community.”

Jane hopes that Pleasure & Beauty will trigger a “landslide of locals” coming forward to help transform the library.

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  1. Come see this super exhibition and join the Friends. Support our campaign to keep the library professionally staffed. If asset transfer is the only way to retain the building, the Friends, working with other user groups, will run it, with compatible income generation – but we need our dedicated librarians and will not be pushed into an inferior, volunteer run library service.

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