The Brixton Exchange took place on Friday 1st February 2013 at Brixton Market, Brixton East, Brixton Village aka Granville Arcade
The Exchange event provided a space to reflect on our process and how this relates to other projects which work to engage with themes of place, identity, migration & community, using methods including socially engaged art practices, art in the public realm, and addressing questions of urban regeneration and community ownership. The event was a day long series of exchanges, with presenters including artists, academics, and community activists followed by open roundtable discussions.
Alongside this, there were walking tours of the area lead by local residents and market traders, and residency documentation showcasing our artistic productions. The event was supported by supported by the Environment Institute at UCL the The Migration Research Unit, University College London.
How does regeneration/redevelopment affect urban areas with a migrant history/migrant communities, and how are communities responding- what sorts of projects are happening to protest/document/archive/resist/discuss?
How do memory/heritage practices offer possible strategies? How do public art practices offer possible strategies? And how could these (and other participatory) strategies contribute to current contestations over space, and political debates around ownership and belonging of/to place?
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Walking Tour Leaders:
Ashvin De Vos- Erect Architecture
Alan Piper – Brixton Society
Steve Martin – Black Cultural Archives
Mike Slocombe – Urban 75
Tim Dickens – Brixton Bugle / Brixton Blog
Roger Hartley – Bureau of Silly Ideas
Henry Gundry-White – Artist
Kate Theophilus (Anchor & Magnet) with Tony, Bertram & Joseph – Stockwell Good Neighbours
Stuart Horwood – Brixton Market Traders Federation