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Unearthing Elephant

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Our intention is to open up a space for conversation, debate and story; to learn lessons from this building and its community, and create platforms to tell its multiple stories. Above all, we want to ensure that the shopping centre and its communities are documented and made visible at this time of dramatic change. – [...]

Writer in Residence: Caroline Smith

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Bardo. Image rights Caroline Smith/Feminist Library. Caroline Smith is a writer, artist and playwright. The writer-in-residence at The Feminist Library across 2015-2016, her aim is to create a piece of writing which embodies the voice of The Feminist Library and bring together some of the people and organisations that support a feminist writing practice [...]

A Feminist Space Is…

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Cover, A Feminist Space Is... A Feminist Space Is... exhibition was held at the The Feminist Library in 2014. A zine produced by Feminist Graphic Arts documents the show and artwork, bringing together work by international artists and collectives including Allison Kotsig, Emma Shula, Jessica Scott, Kamila Wasilkowska, Louise Evans, Luana Venuti, Melita Matovic Fligler, Otilia Martin, Patricia Prieto Blanco, Sara Kelly, SQUID, Susana Mata, Ursula Hart. [...]

After Astra

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The Feminist Library held an evening of poetry and readings based on material drawn from The Feminist Library’s archive and Feminist Library activist, artist and poet Astra Blaug (1927–2015). Astra's work and poetry was recited and on display alongside work by invited artists. The event was held at South London Gallery and formed a part of Rhyme and Reason music [...]

Opportunity Area

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Where do we stand – as artists working in an area undergoing dramatic change, in a place where the process of regeneration is so problematic and contested? We wanted to ask: 1. What is the role of art versus the role of activism? Can they coexist or do they threaten/contradict each other? 2. What [...]

400 Speeches

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400 Speeches poster ‘400 Speeches’ was a day of readings, conversations and performances by local artists and activists at the Heygate Estate in June 2013. Spoken word, singing and movement The programme included the first public screening of the documentary ‘Up the Elephant’, 2002, by Julie Speechley, which critically investigates the early [...]

The People’s Bureau

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Skills Exchange Poster. Image credit: The People's Bureau. The People's Bureau is a space for exchange of skills and needs. It is based in a dedicated shopping cart at the Elephant&Castle shopping centre. The project’s aim is to create a pool of collective local knowledge through exchange, a supporting network of different [...]

Reading Workshop with Prof Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos

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Reading session with Prof Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, May 2015. Image credit: People's Bureau. A reading session and story-led walk conducted by Prof Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Professor of Law and Theory at the University of Westminster. The event took place around the People's Bureau Shopping Cart installed on the first floor landing of Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre accross from Jenny's Cafe. My Corridors [...]

Going Home: The Odyssey

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The Odyssey, Nigel of Bermondsey. Image rights: Studio at the Elephant. Drawing inspiration from Sarah Butler and Eva Sajovic's residency at The Cuming Museum entitled Collecting Home, a processional event was devised by Vanessa Woolf and Nigel of Bermondsey around Elephant and Castle Roundabout on the theme Going Home. Woolf recounted a new version of The Odyssey whilst participants walked over, [...]

The People’s Bureau: Moose on the Loose

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Elephant and Castle Maypole. Image credit: The Peoples Bureau. People's Bureau were invited to be part of Moose on the Loose festival 2015 for a week-long artist residency. They installed their skills exchange cart to the Ground Floor space at London College of Communication, holding workshops and events. The residency culminated in a Maypole dance [...]