The Peckham Cultural Institute

The Peckham Cultural Institute

In this project the South London Gallery’s REcreative UK Editorial Board teamed up with Central Saint Martins’ MA Culture, Criticism and Curation to respond to the concept of the Google Cultural Institute which offers mass participation but tends to represent culture in its most narrow and high form.  The Peckham Cultural Institute – part think tank, part design studio - aimed to draw a different picture.

A series of study sessions developed a model for representing ‘culture’ through digital curating and archiving as an alternative to Google’s offer to ‘host the world’s treasures online’. The project co-produced outputs which represented the discussions and interests of the participants and offered a public response to the question ‘Why should Googlers be left to decide what is treasure’?

Image: South London Gallery- Facade. Photo by Andy Stagg

Project Leads
  • Alison Green, Course Leader, MA Culture, Criticism and Curation, Central Saint Martins
  • Sarah Coffils, Young People's Project Manager, South London Gallery