Soundcamp 2019

4 - 5 May 2019

The 6th Soundcamp will take place over the International Dawn Chorus Day weekend of 4 to 5 May 2019.

Please hold the date.

Soundcamps at Stave Hill Ecological Park in London and sites around the world welcome campers, visitors, volunteers, broadcasters, listeners and streamers to share live sounds at daybreak.

The London Soundcamp will feature:
The Tent That Can Hear recalls soundings by Platform artists at Greenland Dock in the Summer of 1989. What has changed?
Vision by Jessie Brennan reveals how the ecology park's seemingly natural landscapes have been made, while Sounds Interrupted transplants its sounds from the Rotherhithe peninsula to London Bridge station.
• Through the weekend Reveil 6 will make a 24 hour loop of the earth at sunrise, relaying live sounds from a global network of soundcamps and streamers.

For more information explore the Soundcamp 2019 London programme


We are happy to acknowledge support for this event from:
Arts Council England, Southwark Neighbourhoods Fund, North Southwark Environment Trust, Friends of Stave Hill, University of Gloucestershire, Private supporters

Soundcamp is a not for profit arts collective. We welcome contributions large or small to support Soundcamp Reveil in 2019. Donate to Soundcamp.

Image: Exp 8 View from pot 2.5s 144* at 08.33, Sunday 4 May 2014, Soundcamp, Stave Hill Ecological Park, London 2 May 2015. Pinhole Zero 612b Kodak 100Tmax by Ky Lewis.

Contested Territories Group

A print portfolio project devised by the Created and Contested Territories research group at Norwich University of the Arts.

Contested Territories Group
Image credit: NUA and Mike Hemsley

Image credit: NUA and Mike Hemsley


26 April - 4 May 2019

Symposium: Saturday 27 April, 10am - 6pm

‘Territory’ variously draws attention to power differentials, difference and dis/advantage made manifest by class, geopolitical or aesthetic conflicts.

With Neil Bousfield, Matthew Benington, Jessie Brennan, Desmon Brett, Doug Fishbone, Iuliana-Elena Gavril, Robert Hillier, Jade Montserrat and Dawn Brooks, Lynda Morris, Neil Powell, Carl Rowe, Karsten Schubert, Carly Sharples, Ross Sinclair, Magda Stawarska-Beavan, Milly Thompson, Paul Vousden.

CLB Berlin im Aufbau Haus
Prinzenstraße 84.2
10969 Deutschland


Commissioned by South London Gallery

Jessie Brennan  We Are Here  (2018), text installation (situated on the roof of Heron House), Pelican Estate

Jessie Brennan We Are Here (2018), text installation (situated on the roof of Heron House), Pelican Estate

In spring 2017, the South London Gallery (SLG) invited Jessie Brennan to collaborate with residents of Pelican Estate on a project titled YOUR WORDS. Jessie spent time listening to residents whose experiences, in different ways, celebrate the value of public housing and speak to the broader challenges often faced by those on council estates: the stigmatisation of social housing tenants; the lack of maintenance and ‘managed decline’ by councils; the threat of demolition and redevelopment by policies that value private ownership over state-funded homes.

To mark the end of the project, WE ARE HERE has been created: a text installation on the roof of Heron House and a poster publication distributed back to residents, which documents some of the conversations, contributions and research developed over the course of the project. Read Jessie’s introductory text and some of the conversations between Jessie and Pelican residents, here.

YOUR WORDS is part of Open Plan, a long-term public art and education project which invites international and British artists to create artworks with and for the SLG’s close neighbours on Elmington, Pelican and Sceaux Gardens housing estates, along with a programme of events at the gallery.

Recent press: The Art Newspaper; AN

RC21 Conference, Leeds

Tuesday 12 September, 11:15-13:00, LHR1, University of Leeds

Jessie Brennan will present 'The Enabling Power', her paper on the regeneration of social housing estate Robin Hood Gardens, at RC21 Conference in Leeds. The panel is convened by Dr Debbie Humphry (Kingston University) and Dr Ben Gidley (Birkbeck, University of London), titled: 'Visualising the Fight for Home and Security: Revealing Injustice and Making Change'.

Download the full conference programme

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Re:development: Voices, Cyanotypes & Writings from The Green Backyard

Silent Grid, 2016

Re:development brings together voices, cyanotypes and writings from The Green Backyard, a ‘community growing project’ in Peterborough that, for years, was threatened with a proposed development. The book, a culmination of Jessie Brennan's year-long residency hosted by arts organisation Metal, brings together artwork and 10 essay contributions exploring the politics of land use and value. It is an attempt to explore in The Green Backyard one of Britain’s most contested territories: land ownership, and its radical political shift from communal to private. 

Contributing authors include: Sophie Antonelli (activist; co-founder of The Green Backyard); Dr. Alexandre Apsan Frediani (researcher of development practice; Lecturer at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL); Dr. Robert Biel (carpenter-historian; Senior Lecturer at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL); Dougald Hine (writer and social thinker; co-founder of Dark Mountain); Prof. Jane Holder (Professor of Environmental Law, UCL); Anna Minton (writer; Co-Director of UEL’s MRes course, Reading the Neoliberal City); Dr. Barbara Penner (architectural historian; Senior Lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL); Prof. Jane Rendell (artist-writer; Professor of Architecture and Art, and Director of History and Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture); Prof. Ben Rogaly (geographer; Professor of Geography, University of Sussex); and Dr. Maria Walsh (writer and art critic; Reader in Artists’ Moving Image at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London).

Available from bookshops, and order online:

AA Bookshop 

RIBA Bookshop

The Photographers' Gallery

Camden Arts Centre

Tate Modern

Whitechapel Gallery

South London Gallery

dalla Rosa Gallery


Press, reviews and mentions of Re:development and related project:

Guardian Cities 

Ken Worpole 

Chris Fite-Wassilak 



See also Re: development - Inside The Green Backyard, a collaborative networked exhibition.

Concrete Utopias: Metaphor and Material


Friday 12 May 2017, 10 am - 4 pm

Speakers include music writer Mark Goodall, artist Jessie Brennan, poet Chris McCabe, sociologist Kirsteen Paton, photographer Chris Leslie, and Florian Urban, Head of Architectural History and Urban Studies at Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art. The programme is organised in collaboration with University of Liverpool and Bluecoat’s Sociologist in Residence, Paul Jones.

Free, booking required.

Sound of Memory Symposium: Sound-track / Sound-scape

Whitechapel Gallery

23 April 2017, 11.30 am - 6.00 pm, Zilkha Auditorium

Sound of Memory Symposium: Sound-track / Sound-scape is organised by The Sound-Image-Space Research Centre, School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent and the Unit for Sound Practice Research (SPR; Goldsmiths, University of London).

Participants include Gareth Evans, Sarah Turner, Aki Pasoulas, John Drever, Hildegard Westerkamp, Matt Parker, Sarah Turner, Jessie Brennan, William Locryn Finch, Ester Johnson, Tim Meacham and Francesco Bergamo.

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Re: development - Inside The Green Backyard

Carroll/Fletcher Onscreen

28 March - 1 May 2017

Jessie Brennan and ten collaborating organisations host an online exhibition celebrating the success of The Green Backyard’s resistance to a proposed redevelopment.

BOM | Carroll/Fletcher Onscreen | CGP London | Furtherfield | Jessie Brennan | Land for What? | Metal Peterborough | Shared Assets | South London Gallery | The Green Backyard | The NewBridge Project


Drawing Biennial 2017


2 March - 26 April 2017

Jessie Brennan will exhibit in Drawing Biennial 2017, an exhibition & online auction of over 200 unique works on paper at Drawing Room.

'Drawing Biennial 2017 offers insights into how artists contend with a world in rapid and disorienting flux. A snapshot of contemporary drawing practices, the exhibition includes more than 200 new and recent works on paper by leading international artists of different generations.'

Online auction 12 – 26 April. Register to bid


Drawing Room
Unit 8 Rich Estate, 46 Willow Walk
London SE1 5SF
+44 (0) 207 394 5657

Brutalism Redux

Friday 27 January 2017 from 4pm, Dana Centre, The Science Museum

Brutalism Redux: Resuscitating the urban politics of brutalist architecture

Organised by Oli Mould, Royal Holloway University of London, Centre for the GeoHumanities.

This event brings together academics, artists and campaigners working on brutalism to discuss whether there is space for a brutalist politics, as well as brutalist style in our contemporary cities. The panelists are:

Jessie Brennan (Artist and author of ‘Regeneration!’)
Chris Beanland (Writer, author of ‘Concrete Concept’)
Catherine Croft (Director of the Twentieth Century Society)
Oliver Carpenter (Associate Curator of Infrastructure and Built Environment, Science Museum)
Oli Mould (Lecturer in Human Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London)

Free tickets for panel discussion.

It will be followed by a drinks reception, where some of the art work of the panellists will be on display, and a keynote lecture by Professor Christoph Lindner of the University of Oregon, entitled “Brutalism in Ruins”.  

Free tickets for keynote lecture.

LOCATION: Science Museum Dana Research Centre & Library, 165 Queens Gate, London SW7 5HD

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dalla Rosa Gallery

Jessie Brennan 'Ashtray' from  Inside The Green Backyard (Opportunity Area) , (2015-16)

Jessie Brennan 'Ashtray' from Inside The Green Backyard (Opportunity Area), (2015-16)

27 January - 18 February 2017
Preview Thursday 26 January, 6.30 - 8.30 pm

A group exhibition of A5 size works by artists associated with dalla Rosa.

dalla Rosa Gallery
3 Leighton Place (Ground Floor)
London NW5 2QL