The Peckham Experiment

Artists: Freee, Dean Kenning, Annie Whiles, Nicholas Cobb, Freddie Robins, Jay Cloth, Mark Wayman and Gayle Chong Kwan have been invited to make work in response to innovative social health project The Peckham Experiment. With Jonathan Bishop and Ellie Harrison. Curated by Space Station Sixty-Five.

The Peckham Experiment was a groundbreaking health centre focussing on wellness rather than the later NHS disease model. It existed from 1926 -1950, founded by George Scott Williamson and Innes Hope Pierce. Central to their philosophy was a belief that if left to themselves people would spontaneously begin to organise in a creative way. Research findings included ‘when people are given resources in a community to enable them to grow they will be active in their community for the benefit of that community’.

The Peckham Experiment was based in The Pioneer Health Centre, a custom built modernist building which has since been sold as luxury apartments. It was organised as a club that families joined, with dances, swimming pool, library and farm grown food.

Work in the exhibition will include Mark Wayman’s performance outside of the former Pioneer Health Centre, Freee’s revolutionary banner attached to the outside of Camberwell College of Arts and Gayle Chong Kwan’s work based on methodologies of data collection and analysis used in the Pioneer Health Centre, drawing on myths and histories of the area associated with the senses.

Forthcoming Events:
14/10/09 6.30-8.30pm
The Peckham Experiment book group, to read Macroscope by Piers Anthony.
At Review, 131 Bellenden Road, Peckham, SE15 4QY
Booking required, email info@spacestationsixtyfive.com

23/10/09 6.30pm
Freee’s spoken choir at Camberwell Space, address as before.

24/10/09 11am - 3pm
The Peckham Experiment Symposium, at Wilson Road Lecture Hall, Camberwell Art College, Wilson Road, SE5 8LU. With artists’ panel, Pioneer Health Foundation, Kit Poulson, Eileen Conn and others to announced.

1/11/09 3.00pm
Mark Wayman performance, beginning and finishing outside the former Pioneer Health Centre, St. Mary’s Road, Peckham SE15 2EE

7/11/09 3.00pm
Mark Wayman performance, beginning and finishing outside the former Pioneer Health Centre, St. Mary’s Road, Peckham SE15 2EE

7/11/09 9-4.30pm Final day
The Peckham Experiment at Camberwell Space, Camberwell College of Arts, Peckham Road, London SE5 8UF

15/11/09 12-6.00pm Final day
The Peckham Experiment Nicholas Cobb at Space Station Sixty-Five, 65 North Cross Road, London SE22 9ET
The Peckham Experiment


Event Title: The Peckham Experiment
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