UCL Urban Laboratory


The Brixton Exchange

01 February 2013, 9:30 am–5:30 pm

The Brixton Exchange

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Brixton East, 100 Barrington Road, Brixton, London SW9 7NS

A one day exchange of ideas and discussion.

Over the past few months the Anchor and Magnet project has been exploring questions of identity, place, migration and community in Brixton through an artists residency. (see http://anchorandmagnet.wordpress.com/) The Exchange event will provide a space to reflect on our process and how this relates to other projects which work to engage with these themes, using methods including socially engaged art practices, art in the public realm, and addressing questions of urban regeneration and community ownership. The event will be a day long series of exchanges, with presenters including artists, academics, and community activists followed by open roundtable discussions. Alongside this, there will be walking tours of the area lead by local residents and market traders, and residency documentation showcasing our artistic productions. The event is supported by The Migration Research Unit, University College London. (http://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/mru/)

Presenters include:

Albert Potronyi - Artist

Ayisha De Lanerolle - The Conversation Agency

Dr Ben Campkin - The Bartlett and Urban Laboratory, University College London

Ben Tunstall - The Right to The City

Bobby Lloyd and Sally Labern - The Drawing Shed

Dr Claire Dwyer - Migration Research Unit, University College London

Jeann Van Heeswijk - Artist

Katie Orr - Gasworks

Nabeel Hamdi - Emeritus Professor of Housing and Urban Development, Oxford Brookes University

Oliver Sumner - Delta Arts

Rebecca Beinart - Artist

Sarah Tuck - PhD researcher, BIAD/Belfast Exposed

Dr Suzanne Hall - LSE

Tickets are £20 full price, limited concessionary and free bursary places available for Brixton residents and students. Includes lunch, refreshments and an evening drink in the market.

The day will begin and end in Brixton market, the focal point of the Anchor and Magnet project, with the main exchange held at Brixton East, a venue just nearby.

To book, visit this link: http://thebrixtonexchange.eventbrite.com

Key questions:

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) strategies contribute to current contestations over space, and political debates around ownership and belonging of/to place?

The Anchor and Magnet is run by Katy Beinart, Barby Asante and Kate Theophilus.