South London Gallery launches new art space and programme of public art commissions on three local housing estates
The South London Gallery (SLG) launches Open Plan, a public art and education project over the next three years, which will invite international and UK based 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.
Two artist commissions each year will result in the creation of new public artworks on Pelican estate, located directly behind the former Peckham Road Fire Station which will become an annexe to the SLG’s main space in 2018. Residents will participate in the production of the commissions, the first of which is by artist Jessie Brennan who has been in residence on the estate in the lead up to the launch of her project Your Words. The project invites residents to share their voices and have their words transformed into sculptural text installations across the estate. Brennan’s practice explores the representation of places through processes of drawing and dialogue, informed by their social histories and changing contexts.