Elefest 4 Oct 2013 — 6 Oct 2013
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Elefest 2013

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Elefest has been an ongoing event since 2003, bringing together films, music and people over several days in and around Elephant and Castle. 2013 events included the only UK screening of the restored Jamaican cult film The Harder They Come with a DJ set by Don Letts, pop-up market by TheStockMKT, pop-up ping pong in the Shopping Centre, the UK [...]

The Elephant Rooms

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A wandering art space occupying various empty shop units Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre throughout 2009. The roaming gallery was instigated by Corsica Studios founder Amanda Moss and brought together local art practitioners for week-long residencies within the shopping centre.

Sentient City

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Still, Sentient City, 2013. Image credit: Tom Wolseley Sentient City is a video piece that transects London, shot between Hackney Road in the east and Walworth Road in the south, with a narrative that juxtaposes the personal, economic and political processes of the city. … A 30 minute slow tracking shot of [...]

Mind Map of Anti-Nuclear Protest

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‘Embrace the Base’ - 30,000 women link hands, completely surrounding the nine mile perimeter fence at RAF/USAF Greenham Common, Berkshire, 1982. Image rights: Edward Barber. Alongside the major exhibition 'Peace Signs' by Edward Barber, the IWM has commissioned a new graphic installation by Barber, 'Mind Map of Anti-Nuclear Protest'. This new work draws together [...]

Hotel Elephant at the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre


Our Condemned Area 1929. Image: Ruben Powell. Ruben Powell as was artist-in-residence in Unit 238 of Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre in 2008, showing a series of his mixed-media works. The exhibition was the first incarnation of Hotel Elephant, of which Ruben is director, has expanded as a platform for local people and [...]

The Elephant and Castle Tin Paintings


Disused Garage, Walworth Road. Image rights: Ruben Powell. Series of mixed-media works on paper, depicting the contemporary urban landscape, buildings pending demolishion and building works around Elephant and Castle and Walworth. The works were exhibited at the former Autocar garage on Newington Causeway to coincide with the London Festival of Architecture, June 2010. Works include Heygate [...]

Construction Drawings


How Can We Hold Onto A Dream. Image rights: Ruben Powell. Series of graphite works on paper, produced by the artist between 2005-2008, primarily depicting the contemporary urban landscape, buildings pending demolishion and building works around Elephant and Castle and Walworth. Works include Clayton House, Heygate Estate, Coventry, Elephant and Castle, Crane 1, How Can We Hold Onto [...]

Illumination Rig Elephant & Castle

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Image credit: Graham Gussin. Illumination Rig starts with a basic premise, turning money into light, it is in this sense an event, an occasion where consumption and transformation are made conspicuous. – extract from 'Outside Objects' by Charles Danby, 2014 Illumination Rig Elephant & Castle was presented as part of Animated Environments, an [...]

Collecting Home: Cuming Museum artists-in-residence

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Collecting Home rotating display. People's Bureau photographic project in behind. Image credit: People's Bureau Artist Eva Sajovic and writer Sarah Butler were invited to be the inaugural artists-in-residence at the Cuming Museum. The residency was devised to act as a research, representation and communication platform, entitled Collecting Home. Notions of 'home' where explored and expanded through [...]

Radical Attic

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Radical Attic Exhibition Catalogue The first exhibition from The Design Activism Research Hub, Radical Attic. The show was made up of posters, pamphlets and other ephemeral documenting social and political activism through its material culture. From Athens to Greenham Common, and Animal Liberation to recent university occupations the show was to bring out the histories and memories [...]