New interactive exhibition explores Brixton boundaries

Brixton Boundaries for the London Festival of Architecture

Promo for Brixton Boundaries exhibition on windows of the Department Store

Brixton Boundaries is an immersive installation that explores physical and emotional boundaries experienced by the local community using illuminations, mapping and film. It opens Downstairs at The Department Store Saturday 8 June and runs till 16 June.

The exhibition is a collaboration between design/architecture studios AWMA and Squire & Partners and is part of London Festival of Architecture 2019, the world’ biggest annual architecture festival.

“Recognising that boundaries form part of our everyday experience, we set out to identify which helped people to feel secure and which form barriers to growth and inclusion.”

A community workshop involving local people of all ages and backgrounds, came together to explore ways in which boundaries shape community and how to break them down. Illuminations, mapping and film are used to explore the them.

Visitors can add their own experience to the map and graffiti wall. Local neighbourhood and school groups will explore how boundaries define them throughout the week.

You can view video of the workshop here.

Brixton Boundaries includes contributions from

Award winning poet Lionheart / Young Lambeth Co-op / Brixton Soup Kitchen / Medina College / The Brixton Project / Brixton Chamber Orchestra / Pure Vinyl / We Rise / Brixton Windmill / Elm Green School / Stockwell Primary School / Hill Mead Primary School / Kids Kreate / Brixton BID / Jason Sam / London Festival of Architecture / AWMA / Squire & Partners

Arberor Hadri, AWMA said: “The idea to be involved in London Festival of Architecture came about from our personal and professional shared experiences as design studios based in Brixton, establishing a boundary exchange where we could collaborate and create collectively.”

Tim Gledstone, Squire & Partners said: “It’s been a wonderful partnership for AWMA and Squire & Partners, an opportunity to draw together the local community and explore an open brief to identify specific local boundaries which shape our day to day lives.”

Owen Wainhouse, London Festival of Architecture said: “We like how AWMA and Squire & Partners have taken the London Festival of Architecture theme of Boundaries one step further and really engaged their local community. We’re excited to see how the findings are shared creatively.

10am-5pm daily from 8-16 June at The Department Store, 248 Ferndale Rd, Brixton SW9 8FR. For more information contact 020 7278 5555.

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