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Peckham Peace Wall


Posted by Eliza Williams, 8 August 2012, 10:52    Permalink    Comments (5)

A year on from the London riots, Peckham Space art gallery is launching a new public artwork on Peckham Square. The Peckham Peace Wall is by Garudio Studiage and celebrates, in permanent form, the post-it notes of love and respect for the area which grew on Rye Lane in the aftermath of last year's disorder.

The Wall features 4,000 original post-it messages that were displayed on boards covering broken windows in the area. The original project was started by four members of the Peckham Shed Theatre Company, with the first board covering a window outside Poundland, and the Wall eventually grew to fill seven hoardings.

For the permanent display, the original post-its have been digitally hand-traced by artists Garudio Studiage working with young people from Peckham. Locals will be able to re-find their contributions, and the Wall also features blank notes onto which new comments can be made.

To coincide with the project, Peckham Space and Garudio Studiage have produced a limited edition print inspired by the Peckham Peace Wall, sales of which will help fund local art clubs. The print can be bought online here.

The Peckham Peace Wall was commissioned by Peckham Space, with funding from Southwark Council's Greener Cleaner Safer fund awarded by Peckham & Nunhead Community Council. The photographs in the piece are all © John Clare Photography.

During August, Peckham Space is hosting a month-long programme of events inspired by the Wall, which will include a one day Peckham Peace Festival in Peckham Square on August 19. For more info, visit


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Great looking piece, seems a shame some of it will be difficult to read (unless you're a basketball player). It'd be interesting to re-visit this in a year or two, to see how it has developed.
Luke Tonge
2012-08-08 12:52:24

Neat and very colorful idea!
Leah Canseco
2012-08-08 17:26:38

A limited edition print can be bought we're told in the article.

Limited to those 250 who can afford £68 + p&p + framing...which likely excludes many of the Peckham Wall contributors and a good chunk of the Peckham people.

Just more of the same ~ exclusion (with a sprinkling of the token cherry thrown on top).
Nana Gumps
2012-08-09 12:26:33

What a great idea. It looks fabulous. It really underlines something good that did come out of the riots: a lot of Londoners actually reconnected with their community and rediscovered their sense or local pride.
2012-08-09 17:20:53

Great idea. @ Nana Gumps, if you view the limited edition print as 'exclusion', you must feel very excluded from life in general. I feel for you and hope you'll figure out how to make yourself feel INcluded soon.
2012-09-18 15:28:11

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