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Monthly Archives: October 2008

Sternhall Lane, Nigel Rd, Peckham Rye, Heaton Rd junctions

The Council Traffic Department is studying how to improve the safety of the junctions at:
* Nigel Road/Peckham Rye and
* Sternhall Lane/Heaton Road/Rye Lane
See email below with further information. If you have experience of these junctions and would like to ask questions or make suggestions to contribute to their thinking: email
to: Chris.Mascord@SOUTHWARK.GOV.UK
From: Chris.Mascord@SOUTHWARK.GOV.UK
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008

The study is part of the borough’s objective to reduce the number of personal injury accidents, particularly for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.
Peckham Rye, Nigel Road junction and Sternhall Lane junction have a number of recorded serious and fatal accidents, well above average. These sites have accordingly been prioritised by the borough in a funding bid to Transport for London’s Road Safety Department. This financial year up to April 2009, we are investigating what measures may be feasible to take forward to implementation to reduce the number of accidents and improve road safety.
In order to achieve a decent first year rate of return (cost of the scheme versus the proposed accident savings), measures can only be introduced at the Nigel Road junction, the adjacent arms of Peckham Rye and Sternhall Lane junction (and not the wider area).
There will not be enough money next year to treat all the locations at once. It is anticipated that the measures will be introduced in stages when funding becomes available. The Nigel Road junction and both arms of Peckham Rye will be consulted upon first, with measures for Sternhall Lane junction consulted upon and implemented as part of future bid received from TfL. However, the report will look at all sites to achieve a holistic solution to improve road safety. The report will focus on the number of accidents, as well as severity, indicating any accident trends that need to be addressed and shortcomings in highway infrastructure. The report will list / recommend a number of highway and engineering improvements to address the current accident problems.
When we have agreed the measures to take forward with the Regeneration Department, we will undertake a public consultation on the measures.
In the meantime, I would welcome comments and suggestions from residents regarding road safety at the above locations.
Kind regards,
Chris Mascord


Future Peckham – Sat 1st Nov 3pm – new eco-conference centre off Rye Lane

All those interested in the future development of Peckham town centre are invited to an event next Saturday:
Date: Saturday 1st November 3-5pm (open 2.45pm)
Venue: All Saints Church Hall, Blenheim Grove, SE15.
Topic: The Peckham Project Proposals – slideshow-talk & open forum, followed by refreshments.

Jeffrey Gale, of ECO-ARCHITECTURE and PLANNING: integral architecture & planning associates, will present his ideas for a new development on the site beside the Bussey building, behind Rye Lane and Bournemouth Road, The development would include housing, shops & studios, around a Garden Piazza with an iconic Intercultural Creativity and Conference Centre as a focus. For background and more information see:
Visions for Peckham – The Copeland Cultural Quarter
Eco-Architecture and Planning

Enquiries: Jeffrey Gale 01803 868744 or Sophie Christopher 01235 529266


Information on the Gallery at
Please come to the gallery on Friday 17 October from 9 – 12 midnight for a party to celebrate our new exhibition OPTIMISM: The Art of Our Time.

Entertainment on the night provided by:
Matthew Stone
Louis Enchanté
Napoleon Bonerparte (Merok Wrecking Crew)
House Anxiety Records

The exhibition runs Wednesday 15 – Monday 20 October and will be open daily 8 am – 8 pm with work by James Balmforth, Tom Barnett, Andreas Blank, Thomas Brock, Bobby Dowler, Christopher Green, Oliver Griffin, Marcus Kleinfeld, Shaun McDowell, Michael Allen & Daniel Schwitzer, Robin Shepherd, Matthew Stone, Henry Stringer, Viktor Timofeev, Awst & Walther and Edward Wallace.
We hope you can be with us on Friday evening. If not please come and see the show while it is
open. Directions to the gallery can be found at the end of this email.
OPTIMISM: THE ART OF OUR TIME is an exhibition celebrating optimism with all its positive and negative implications, historical burden and importance for the future.

It explores the role of optimism in both our engagement with art and the circumstances of its
creation; its importance as a personal philosophy, and its wider value for the world we live in.

The works evaluate the present and acknowledge the past, but most importantly look to the future as the exhibition embraces the idea that interaction, communication and therefore art are possible. This Optimism is dynamic as much as it is solemn.

The show sees a group of artists utilising the catalytic potential and communicative possibilities of optimism and expressing it in painting, sculpture, printing, drawing,photography and video. The theoretical stance is matched with solid craftsmanship and the use of elemental materials: gold, glass, stone, metal, concrete and wood.

Through an unequivocally sincere take on the theme the exhibition makes a determined stand
against cynicism and apathy. Serving as a rejection of these symptoms of our time, ‘Optimism’
encompasses the artists’ conviction in the capacity of their work to comment on the contemporary circumstances of its creation.

A collection of essays exploring the potential and importance of optimism in our time and in relation to art will be published to coincide with the show.

Directions to the gallery>

Hannah Barry Gallery
Unit 9i
Copeland Industrial Park
133 Copeland Road
London SE15 3SN
Tel: +44 7850 639 570

John Latham Exhibition


If you have ever wondered about the house in Bellenden Road which has a huge book emerging from the front into the street, now you can find out all about it in an exhibition from 2nd October to 2nd November at 210 Bellenden Road, SE15 4BW. The house itself is now an important work of art by John Latham, the artist who lived there. See details extracted below from the press release.

Opening Exhibition: Distress of a Dictionary,
2 October – 2 November 2008
Flat Time House, 210 Bellenden Road London SE15 4BW
Hours: (during exhibitions): Thursday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm

John Latham (1921 – 2006), one of the most important British artists of the post-war period, lived at FTHo in Peckham, South East London for over 20 years. The House is now home to the John Latham Foundation and the John Latham Archive, and will be the primary location for a 10-month programme of exhibitions and events exploring the artist’s practice, his theoretical ideas and their continued relevance. The opening show, Distress of a Dictionary, will be a solo exhibition exploring the role of language and humour in Latham’s work.

Latham considered the house a ‘living sculpture’, with different rooms taking on the attributes of a living organism. At FTHo, a giant and colourful book-relief sculpture penetrates a large window on the front of the house, known as the Face, into a room called the Mind, in which a permanent installation of works demonstrating Latham’s Time-Base Theory has been maintained. The next room is known as the Brain. Latham described it as the space for ‘rational thought’ and this is where he worked on his theoretical writing and correspondence. The Brain will now be home to the John Latham Archive. The Hand, formerly Latham’s studio, will be the main location for the programme of changing exhibitions and events. The remainder of the house is taken up with what is termed the ‘Body Event’, where eating, sleeping and ‘plumbing’ take place. The name of the house derives from John’s theoretical language, in which ‘Flat Time’ describes the way in which time and all possible events can be represented by the length and width of a flat canvas, demonstrated in
works including Time-Base Roller (1972. Tate Collection).

In the painting and sculpture for which he is best known, Latham’s primary materials included glass, books, canvas and the spray gun. Developing alongside this concise visual language, from the mid-1950s onwards, was a cosmological theory, formulated through his art-making discoveries that considered time and event to be more primary than the established means of understanding, based on space and matter. Termed Time-Base Theory it offers an ordering and unification of all events in the universe including human actions, allowing an understanding of the special status of the artist in society, and is articulated by a permanent installation at FTHo. Latham’s work is held in collections worldwide, including Tate Collection and MoMA.

Flat Time House, 210 Bellenden Road London SE15 4BW
Hours: (during exhibitions): Thursday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm
FTHo will also be open by appointment for private study and research.
Admission: Free

Artist Placement Group (APG): An initiative by Barbara Steveni, APG was co-founded with John Latham, Jeffrey Shaw and Barry Flanagan in 1966. The group pioneered new models for the artist working within industry and government departments. Their work continues to provoke debate around the role of the artist in society, as well as socially engaged and relational art practices. The APG archive was acquired by the Tate Collection in 2005.

For further information about the John Latham Foundation, Archive and Flat Time House, please contact Elisa Kay, Curator at, +44 (0)20 7207 4845/+44 (0)7968 052 303.