Bermondsey Project exhibition celebrates cultural rebirth of area
Bermondsey Project is pleased to present Start 13 – The New Industrialists – a showcase of emerging and established artists and creative enterprises constituting London’s newest creative hub.
The New Industrialists is a reference to the cultural regeneration of Bermondsey. Once known as ‘London’s Larder’, the area is now home to a new wave of contemporary arts practices. The Bermondsey Project itself is housed in a warehouse once famous as a Crosse & Blackwell pickle factory.
Bermondsey Project is a creative hub led by Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people, which works in partnership with colleges and arts and creative enterprises to provide over 120 artists’ studios, London’s first fully equipped sculpture workshop, a furniture making enterprise, gallery, training and project spaces.
This is the first show collectively celebrating the enterprises which make up the Bermondsey Project, including Crisis Skylight Bermondsey, Bow Arts, SE1 Studios, The London Sculpture Workshop, The London Community Furniture and The Outside Puppets Collective.
The showcase will have an opening night and a consecutive open day, which includes a unique opportunity to view the newly developed Crisis Skylight providing free arts and vocational courses and studio spaces to homeless and ex-homeless people. It will also be an opportunity to visit the unique London Sculpture Workshop and the work produced by London Community Furniture.
Director of Crisis Skylight Bermondsey and Bermondsey Project, Mick Bateman, said: “Bermondsey Project is a unique venture that brings together artists and creatives from diverse backgrounds – offering them the resources and services to work individually and collaboratively. Within the project, our art and vocational courses along with studios supported by an artist in residence scheme, gives homeless people real opportunities to develop their skills and gain employment.”