PEER FORUM at Peckham Platform
Peckham Platform hosted a PEER FORUM group in 2016. The artists selected for this included Eelyn Lee (Lead Artist), Simon Terrill, Annette Mees, Hannah Nicklin, Harold Offeh, Isa Suarez, R.M. Sánchez-Camus, Close and Remote, Tanya Singh and Janette Paris
As well as being an opportunity to reflect on practice, the PEER FORUM at Peckham Platform will provide time and space for artists to explore themes and ideas around socially engaged arts practice.
Over six months the group will discuss their own experiences of creating work in a range of settings with a focus on exploring how artists engage with community, histories and place and the politics that create the contexts for these.
In light of Assemble’s recent win of the Turner Prize, through their conversations, the group will aim to take an overview of the history of community arts practice with an eye on how it could develop in the future.
Guest speakers will include Rachel Anderson, producer of collaborative work at Idol Women and formerly Artangel and artist-filmmaker Andrea Luka Zimmerman who is known for Estate, her film made over seven years with residents of a housing block where she lived in Hackney. In 2015 Andrea Luka Zimmerman was nominated for a Jarman Award and is a recent recipient of Artangel Open.
Eelyn Lee is an award-winning artist and filmmaker who has shown work at the National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery and the Barbican as well as at international film festivals and on broadcast TV. With 20 years experience of socially engaged practice, Eelyn’s collaborative film-making explores landscape, community and memory to re-imagine story, people and place.
Simon Terrill is an Australian artist living in London. Recent exhibitions include Tilt, Sutton Gallery Melbourne and The Brutalist Playground, in collaboration with Assemble, at the Royal Institute of British Architects. His ongoing Crowd Theory project has its latest installment at the National Portrait Gallery in mid 2016.
Annette Mees is a director and artist. She is currently a Creative Fellow of WIRED and The Space. She makes interdisciplinary work that explores big ideas, powered by people.
Hannah Nicklin is a theatre maker, writer, game designer, and academic. She makes socially engaged theatre and games in public and community settings, and has worked on games and interactive work with organisations such as The RSC, Slung Low, Invisible Flock, Hide & Seek, Coney, The V&A, The Wellcome Trust, The Space, Gamecity, and on housing estates, on the internet, in swimming pools, on the streets of cities, and rural market towns.
Harold Offeh is an artist, curator and educator working in a range of media including performance, video, photography and learning and social practice. He lives in Cambridge and works in London and Leeds.
Isa Suarez is a composer and performer from the Basque region. She lives and works in London. She has worked extensively for film, theatre and performance.
R.M. Sánchez-Camus (R. Marcelo) is an artist who creates social works in the form of live events, site-specific installations, contemporary circus, immersive theatre and performance. His work explores place making, folklore, politics, mythologies and psychogeography.
Sophie Mellor and Simon Poulter work as Close and Remote within a shared practice. They work with people, the obvious and on their wits in various locations. They are currently working in Bristol and Cardiff on a project called ‘Life Chances’ commissioned by University of Bristol. Their film ‘We Are What We Are’ documents 50 years of Barking and Dagenham, commissioned by Creative Barking and Dagenham.
Tanya Singh works across moving image, performance and writing, and is a member of the Paper Tiger collective (Ovalhouse Associate Company 2013). She has shown work at Laban, Southwark Playhouse, Soho Theatre, ICA, Oxford Playhouse, Hampstead Theatre, Bush Theatre, Ovalhouse, BAC, Camden People’s Theatre, V&A Museum, East End Film Festival, Channel 4 and BFI. Her recent projects explore surveillance, affective labour and intersubjectivity.
Janette Parris’s work has been exhibited across the UK and internationally. She uses drawing, animation, and performance to create narrative work, often in the form of comic strips to capture the humorous essence of life, whilst reflecting a dry and self-effacing look at the world.