Brixton talent prepares to go on show

A floating CGI installation of a series of life-size figures by design collective AWMA is intended to provoke thoughts on belonging, identity and reflection

Brixton Design Trail will once again bring local people, creatives and organisations together from 15 to 23 September. The theme of this year’s trail – We Belong – explores what it means to live in a diverse city. See our highlights here.

We Belong logo - BDTThe BDT comes as Brixton’s standing as a centre for creative work will get a big boost in the shape of several hundred new workspaces in the former council offices of International House that will focus on architecture, design and tech-led enterprises.

More new workspace at the Tripod in Lambeth Town Hall will have the same focus. The Brixton area is home to many unique creative enterprises. They include the School of Communication Arts advertising course in St Matthews Church that recently organised an open day for 21 talented young students from BAME and under-represented backgrounds who will graduate in October.

Herne Hill will see 1,500 school pupils bid to break a Guinness World Record for colouring by numbers on 12 September when they work on a 40-metre mural commissioned by the Herne Hill Forum.

At the Black Cultural Archives, the current Expectations exhibition curated by Neil Kenlock, once the official photographer of the British Black Panthers, demonstrates the history, depth and diversity of local culture and creativity Now in its fourth year, the design trail “brings the unique creative culture of Brixton to an international audience and offers the local community and visitors alike a perspective on what inspires, provokes and preoccupies modern urban communities,” said director Binki Taylor.


Volunteers at last year’s BDT. PICTURE: LUKE FORSYTHE

Festival Guides and Volunteers
BDT are looking for volunteers who know and love Brixton and are keen to share their knowledge and passion about the area. BDT will provide training through a short workshop for anyone interested in becoming guides for the festival and giving visitors a proper Brixton welcome.
Whether you can spare half a day or want to take part all week we would love to hear from you.

Email for more information. For full listing for the week visit


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