Regenerating a Market: THE SWARM curates local art installation

THE SWARM has worked with curator Helen Murphy and artist Charlotte Squire to curate an installation that is part of a community-lead effort to regenerate Brixton Market, in south London.  An opening for the pieces will be held tonight.

The opening part is 17 December 2010, 6.30 – 8.30 on 4th Avenue, Brixton Village Market, Coldharbour Lane.  Map and directions here.

Brixton Village Market has been the subject of much regeneration work over the last year and the project is one element of this. It has been supported by market landlords LAP, Lambeth Council and Arts Council England.  The initial consultation on the work was carried out in conjunction with Friends of Brixton Market.

Brixton is a community of many cultures. This work, entitled LaDiDa on 4th Avenue aims to marry Brixton’s heritage cultures within a vibrant visual extravaganza to re-ignite interest and drive shopping in Brixton market by making Brixton Village a nicer and more interesting place to shop. The artworks themselves aim to be a catalyst for getting the more shoppers and visitors to the market. 

The series of giant quirky lampshades, designed by Charlotte Squire, refers to home interiors, surfaces and designs would be mixed and matched with available areas of the market so as to play with notions of ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ in unexpected ways.  The fabrics on the lampshades were chosen to reflect the mixing of African and European culture in Brixton.  Squire is a local artist who’s studio is based above the market.