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Community & Inclusivity at Peckham Levels

Our mission, to champion individuality and provide a platform for local talent, filters through to our community events programme. We have worked with like-minded local partners who deliver inspiring and innovative classes, for people of all ages and backgrounds.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

Last year alone, we hosted around 208 free skill sharing events and classes. An eclectic mix, including:

  • Steel pan lessons with Tam Bam Steel Orchestra Academy 
  • Sewing workshops with Black Girls Sewing Club 
  • Storytelling with Women’s FA 
  • Pop-In Community Arts Festival, a week of free arts and wellbeing workshops and events. Hosted by local organisations supporting people with learning disabilities. Read all about the event here
  • Make It Studio, Purple Rain Collective, a collective for queer, trans and intersex people of colour in the UK to organise and mobilise
  • Speak Those Things, an inclusive open mic session for local talent
  • Inspiring DJs, free DJ workshops for locals
  • Red Rolled and Seen Photography Collective, a community of local photographers who host a range of free workshops & exhibitions that connect people and share unheard voices using photography in the community
  • Tempo Run Club, a local running club for young creatives, set up by musicians and DJs  
  • Bizzie Bodies, a creative workshop for children aged between 6 to 11 years old 
  • Rye Here Rye Now, a monthly meet up for designers, illustrators and filmmakers
Photo Credit: Tam Bam Steel Pan, Photography by Joshua Bryne, Peckham Levels
Photo Credit: Speak Those Things, at Peckham Levels

Bizzie Bodies was one of those special partners who brought so much more than a workshop to Peckham Levels. Their sessions gave young people the opportunity to use 3D printers, learn the basics of coding and try out some virtual reality headsets. Children aged 6 – 11 years were invited to learn the skills of the future outside of a classroom environment.

We are proud to have worked with Bizzie Bodies as they fight to facilitate social inclusion in multicultural societies and continue to provide opportunities for children who would otherwise have minimal access to creative learning outside of their school education. 

Photo Credit: Bizzie Bodies, photography by Jake Davis, at Peckham Levels

Peckham Levels also became a temporary home to a monthly steel pan workshop for South East London locals. Tam Bam Steel Orchestra was founded by local Nadine McLeary, alongside fellow musicians Delphina James and Mikhail Caga-Anan. Together they taught a selection of lucky and willing students from around Southwark, resulting in a final showcase that was open to the public to enjoy on our public floors. 

Photo Credit: Tam Bam Steel Pan Festival, photography by Joshua Bryne, Peckham Levels

SUPPORTING LOCAL ARTISTRY AND CREATIVITY 

Over the years you will have noticed that our site is always evolving and transforming to showcase the work of commissioned local artists who have brought their skills, designs and artwork to refresh spaces across the project, using all mediums including paint, furniture, signage and greenery.

We have worked with some incredible artists and partners over the years, including:

WITH LOCAL CREATORS AND ARTISTS: 

  • The instantly recognisable ‘Peckham Levels’ mural in our alleyway was painted by local artist Linda Scott in the early days of the project.
  • Kelly Anna was one of our first commissioned artists to paint a mural in Peckham Levels.
  • Local artist and Peckham resident Remi Rough’s incredible graffiti work still remains to be admired in the Peckham Levels car park underpass.
  • South London based Urban Growth London and Turner Works breathed life into our public levels with their unique and bespoke planters and seating which has been used as a backdrop for many photoshoots.

WITH OUR MEMBERS:

  • Jess Warby (aka Messe Jesse) who painted her colourful mural to mark International Women’s Day on our public floor on level six. 
  • The public seating area near our food kiosks was designed and delivered by talented Member, Josephine Howard. 
  • A thought-provoking wayfinding project stood for over a year in the entrance to our public floors as a collaborative project between Visual Things and Modern Me. 
  • We commissioned talented Member and Artist INxSANIxTY Art to paint a collaborative mural which invited members of the public to paint freely at one of our Open Studio events.
  • An incredible art and light installation was held by Member and award-winning artist Jade Chorkularb.
  • Interactive art installations by previous Members, PlayDate Office – Steer, Lift, Go invited the public to play with objects representing movement in car parks similar to Peckham Levels.
  • Members AO Architecture worked with us to design the Insta-famous colour installation in our stairway and also worked with us on the MeScape mirrored walls still present near LEVELSIX Yoga and Café.
Photo Credit: Member and Artist, Jade Chorkularb @jadechorkularb, at Peckham Levels
Photo Credit: Remi Rough, graffiti in Peckham Levels’ carpark
Photo Credit: MeScape installation by Members AO Architecture, at Peckham Levels

In 2019, talented local illustrator Natasha Taheem was also commissioned to design and paint a mural representing her love for Peckham on our public floors which she called ‘A Drawing of Rye Lane.’  

Our latest mural has just been completed by South London based artist Habiba Nabisubi – a ‘paint by numbers’ mural paying homage to Peckham and Black History Month 2020.

Photo Credit: Artist Habiba Nabisubi @bibanabi, at Peckham Levels

Since we opened in December 2017, these collaborations with local artists have brought richness and life to Peckham Levels. Our six floors are here to act as both a canvas and a stage for local talent – where we have and will continue to champion individuality throughout the project’s lifetime.