Towards a Hybrid Gallery Space: Sonia Boyce & Barby Asante

Free talk at Peckham Space

Towards a Hybrid Gallery Space11 July 2012, 6-7:30pm
Chelsea Lecture Theatre
Chelsea College of Art and Design

Join us for this free talk with Paul Goodwin, writer, curator and urban researcher who will chair a panel discussion between Emily Druiff, director of Peckham Space and artists Sonia Boyce and Barby Asante.

By investigating two projects recently commissioned by Peckham Space, Network and South London Black Music Archive, this talk will investigate a new model that brings together curatorial and educational fields into a hybrid gallery space.  This panel aims to address the questions: to what extent are these practices considered as art? How do these practices relate to terms such as ‘community’, ‘socially engaged’ and ‘dialogic or relational’ art?

Emily Druiff, will talk about the commissioning process and propose a move towards a ‘hybrid gallery space’. Peckham Space is London’s newest purpose-built public gallery dedicated to commissioning location-specific artworks made in partnership with community groups. It opened in June 2010 and is located on Peckham Square, London SE15 and part of Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London.

Sonia Boyce, AHRC Fellow and artist will present Network, a film recently commissioned by Peckham Space which worked with young people from Visual and Performing Arts, part of Southwark Children’s Services . Sonia will also reflect on her recent research ‘The future is social’ where she will discuss ‘how art emerges through collective and often conflictual encounters’.

Barby Asante will present South London Black Music Archive, an artwork recently commissioned by Peckham Space that worked with young people from Leaders of Tomorrow and which will tour to the Tate Modern in November this year. Barby will talk about her practice in relationship to ‘openness’, how and when this takes place and why it is important.

This event is free but booking is required. To book your place, please send an email to:

This event is part of the Free Talks Series programmed and organised by Public Programme & CCW Graduate School at Chelsea College of Art & Design.