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Brixton arts and creative lighting projects

Date uploaded: August 15, 2011

A series of arts and creative lighting projects are coming to Brixton as part of a three-year scheme run by Lambeth Council. The Council is working with local artists on a number of exciting and innovative projects to improve the town centre through art and encourage more visitors and shoppers. These arts and lighting projects celebrate local landmarks and heritage, help to improve the physical environment and support small local businesses.

The scheme is part of the Future Brixton regeneration programme. To give local people a chance to have their say about these projects a series of public consultation events were held during July and August 2009. To download the Market stall consultation report, which sets out the methodology and results of the public consultation, click here:


Artworks involving local artists are being installed in Brixton in locations such as Electric Avenue, Electric Lane, Coldharbour Lane and Brixton Road.

Information about the projects can be found below:

Brixton Speaks: Electric Avenue Project – (Will Self)

Artist, author and local resident Will Self has produced a work that celebrates the rich and diverse language of Brixton. Will spent a month in early summer listening to conversations in and around Brixton Market, along Electric Lane and Brixton Road. The unique sounds, words and conversations that he heard are displayed on a dynamic light installation on Electric Avenue by the side of Iceland.
Will says, “Brixton Speaks is an artwork intended to reflect the people who live, work and shop in Brixton Market and its environs the way they themselves speak. The aim of Brixton Speaks is not to antagonise, shock, or distort, but simply to mirror the great vigour, invention and diversity of Brixtonians.”

Brixton Heron: Weathervane project - (Maggi Hambling)

A new sculpture by Maggi Hambling was unveiled on 15 July 2010 above the The Prince and Dex nightclub building at the corner of Brixton Road and Coldharbour Lane.

The sculpture was created to celebrate Brixton's history and the herons that used to populate the River Effra, which now runs below ground.

Maggi said: "Making a new public sculpture for London is an exciting challenge. Brixton is a place to be celebrated for its cultural heritage and the cutting-edge vitality of its street-life. The Brixton Heron pays tribute to the spirit of Lambeth where I have always worked."

Dominic Madden CEO of Kingdom Entertainment Group, which runs Dex Club and The Prince pub said: "We are very pleased to have a sculpture by Maggi Hambling on the beautiful rooftop terrace of our building. Not only does art make local people feel good about the area, it helps us generate business and visitors."

Foxes and Cherries – (Lucy Casson)

Artist and local resident Lucy Casson has created a new public art display (partly made from recycled materials) in the heart of Brixton Market. The foxes and cherries can be seen high on the rooftops above the market on the south-west corner of Electric Avenue and Electric Lane.
Lucy says "Electric Avenue is the perfect place for these foxes to scavenge cherries from the market. I like the way foxes live among us; they are part of the layers of London."

Tunstall Road stone carving - Marcia Bennett Male

The first arts project to be installed was created by local artist Marcia Bennett Male. Her intricately carved work is located opposite the tube entrance in Tunstall Road which is used as a market. Marcia presented three options to local traders who were given a choice on their preferred design. New trees and improved lighting completed the improvements to this area.

Shutters Project  

As part of Brixton Arts Project local artists have produced designs for vinyl enhancements to the shutters of businesses along Coldharbour Lane. 

The first of these enhancements to the shutters was created by local artist Zineb Sedira and is located at Clearvision opticians on the corner of Electric Lane and Coldharbour Lane.

The second, which shows a historical image of Coldharbour Lane as it used to be (kindly donated by the Brixton Society), is also now in place at the Phoenix Cafe.

A third is at Bookmongers, Brixton's popular second-hand bookstore. Several other businesses had their shutters improved as part of the same project.

Visit www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/Environment/Regeneration/FutureLambeth/ArtsandCreativeLightingProjects.htm

Brixton Speaks: Electric Avenue Project – Will Self

Brixton Speaks: Electric Avenue Project – Will Self