The Peckham takeover ~ V&A Friday Late

When you think of Peckham the first thing that I imagine comes to mind is Del Boy, Rodney, Nelson Mandela House and dodgy dealing. Almost ten years later (the last episode was filmed in 2003!), and the V&A invited a host of creative talent from the area to prove that there’s a lot more to this South East London area than we might think. I went along to see what the Peckham Takeover had to offer on another Friday Late at one of my favourite museums.

The sun was still high in the sky when I arrived so I headed straight out to the John Madejski Garden.


It’s a stunning sight all year round but throw in sunshine, happy people, and a large glass of Pimms it’s even better.


I flicked through the programme to suss out where to find the best Peckham talent. The cover itself is a good start, designed by Daniel David Freeman for V&A.


In a takeover of this size there was a lot to get involved in, I decided to start at the Sackler Centre to find the Peckham Print Studio. They were giving visitors the opportunity to see the print process from start to finish, with the chance to make their own from a selection of local artist’s prints.


The Studio is a great creative initiative which offers artists open access membership and facilities. They also have an online shop where you can buy affordable art from their members.

Round the corner I found Illustrate Camberwell, an outpost of the Camberwell College of Art where you could embrace your imagination…


And create your own pieces of art, with the promise of your own ‘degree’ at the end of it.


A fine example of creative education from the South East.

For those who wanted to get stitching, Peckham Space invited visitors to sew a square for peace, recreating the Peace Blanket project which celebrated the wall of post-it notes of love and respect that grew on Rye Lane in response to the unrest of August 2011 riots.


I decided my sewing skills weren’t quite up to scratch for this so I wandered around the art brought in by Peckham Springs for the evening.


An art gallery and bar that offers exhibitions, film screenings, live art event and cocktails. I may have to travel east to check it out.

I went back out to the Gardens where the Rhythm Section had popped with a DJ set filling the air with that upbeat Friday feeling.

The creative collective Garudio Studiage had also taken residence with a Lucky Skip – a lucky dip of handmade or hand selected prizes by the Studiage.


For those who wanted to imagine what their own shop on Peckham Rye Lane might look like, you could put a pen, pencil or crayon to paper and add it to the street.


And if you thought that was all the Peckham talent pulled from the area, over in the Fashion Room you could find the Chichia and Rye Lane Market dress shop.


After a few hours taking in a wide range of creative talent, I’d almost forgot about the Peckham I knew, but they weren’t afraid to reference to the areas TV fame with this illustration of Nelson Mandela House.


The V&A did a great job of bringing in a wide range of talent that definitely changed my understanding of the area, whilst keeping me entertained with plenty of activities to get involved in. If you fancy a Friday night with a difference definitely get yourself down to a Friday Late. The next one on 30th August is The World of Minecraft.

Have you been to a Friday Late at the V&A? Or have you enjoyed a Friday night in one of London’s museums?