Interview with Peckham Platform’s Emily Druiff (Director)

Published Sep, 2016

Emily Druiff. Image courtesy of the gallery.

What do you need to set up an organisation like Peckham Platform?

To set up Peckham Platform has involved a vision for open and accessible cultural space within the centre of Peckham. On a practical level, this has involved dedication, patience, and passion for supporting communities in the locale to work with social arts practices.

Has the gallery’s mission changed since it opened?

Yes, the mission of the organisation has evolved since the gallery became a charity in 2014, from a linear commissioning programme to a more expanded vision that communities can inform and shape their locality through working with contemporary visual artists.

How do you select artists for exhibitions?

Artists are often appointed through a selection panel including community representatives, and therefore have to have proven track record of working with those particular groups. A key part of the job is getting out and about to find artists who have these skills and researching their work.

How has the local art scene changed since Peckham Platform first opened?

Peckham’s art scene has changed massively since we opened in 2010. The introduction of the orange line has helped really link Peckham to the rest of London and this has in turn attracted galleries to the area alongside relatively cheap rents. There are set to be more changes afoot so watch this space.

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