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Family Workshop: Southwark Time Detectives

Join us for a free family art workshop inspired by the giant artwork by artist Linder that wraps the Southwark tube station building. Explore Linder’s artwork using our family trail. Handle objects from the Cuming Collection with Curator Judy Aitkin. Create a 3D collage that connects Southwark’s past with the present day with artist Meera Chauda.

No booking required. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Linder’s commission The Bower of Bliss is on view at Southwark tube station until October 2019.

Platform, 1 Joan Street, South Bank, London, SE1 8BS

Aliza Nisenbaum Open Studio

Mexican-born and New York-based artist Aliza Nisenbaum has been artist-in-residence, living and working in Brixton Station for three months. Through an open call, Nisenbaum selected members from Transport for London staff from Brixton station and the Victoria line including train drivers, customer service staff and cleaners who, over several hours, have been painted. These individual portraits will be combined into one large painting then photographed, printed on vinyl and displayed above the entrance to Brixton Underground station.

The artist would like to invite local residents for a coffee morning at her Brixton studio. Guests will have an opportunity to see her finished painting, commissioned by Art on the Underground, meet the artist and hear more about her work.

The work is the first UK public commission by Nisenbaum and is the second commission in a new series at Brixton. The programme has selected artists to respond to the diverse narratives of the murals from the 1980s, the rapid development of the area and the wider social and political history of mural making.

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Entry to the studio is outside Brixton Station. Please meet at the set of metal double doors, located on the left hand side at the top of the stairs.

Performance: The Bower of Bliss

On 9 November 2018 Linder will perform a new work to mark the launch of ‘The Bower of Bliss’, an 85 metre photomontage wrapping Southwark station. Comprised of new music, choreography and costumes, eleven performers will create a part sci-fi, part neoclassical visual spectacle deep in the underground. Exploring ancient cultures and their reinterpretation in popular culture, each character depicts nobility and splendour. Culminating in the arrival of the Night Queen borrowed from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, the underground, often a site of oppositional and subterranean cultures, becomes a lunar Bower of Bliss.

Choreography by Kate Coyne and Lorena Randi
Costumes by Louise Gray
Musicians dressed by Christopher Shannon
Music by Maxwell Sterling
Performed by Linder, Kenichi Iwasa, Maxwell Sterling
Performed by Melissa Bravo, Kate Coyne, Lauren Fitzpatrick, Kenichi Iwasa, Mavin Khoo, Durassi Kiangangu, Rachel Krische, Lorena Randi and Angelo Smimmo
Makeup Andrew Gallimore at www.clm-agency.com

Tickets are free and can be booked via Eventbrite here.

Please note we will be operating a strict entry policy and you will not be admitted without a ticket.


My Brixton Family Workshop

Join us for a free art workshop for the whole family working with artist Meera Chauda linked to the Brixton Primary Schools Mural Design Project on display at Brixton Library.

Create your own large domino to celebrate the local area of Brixton and play a game to make connections with each other.

 No booking required. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 The Mural Design Project is on display at Brixton Library until 4 November 2018. This display coincides with the launch of a new artwork by Nigerian artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby at Brixton Underground Station.

 For more information contact art@tube.tfl.gov.uk

Brixton Library

Brixton Oval



Heather Phillipson and Phyllida Barlow in conversation

Lecture Theatre 1, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London, SW7 2EU

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On the occasion of Heather Phillipson’s major new Art on the Underground commission at Gloucester Road station, my name is lettie eggsyrub, the artist will be in conversation with Phyllida Barlow.

Phillipson and Barlow will discuss their recent works and the challenges of presenting artwork in public space.

RESPONSE : A performance by David Hoyle

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Avant–garde cabaret artist David Hoyle presents RESPONSE a new performance in response to Putti’s Pudding and Rainbow Aphorisms. In this new work, Hoyle will create a beyond–verbal space which explores the terrain of illness through healing, sound and ritual.

Hoyle’s varied practice explicitly sits at the boundaries of performance art, post–drag cabaret, and political agitprop and is often focused on themes within the LGBTQ+ community, attacking what he sees as dominant trends in “bourgeois Britain and the materialistic–hedonistic gay scene”. He often combines disparate elements, from satirical comedy to painting and surrealism, exploring the curative nature of collective responsibility, through the celebration of different identities.

Hoyle is a live artist, who performs a cutting, outrageous, larger than life version of himself. He came to prominence in the 1990s as the Divine Davidoff, a kind of anti–drag queen whose lacerating social commentary was offset by breathtaking instances of self–recrimination. Following a couple of outré late–night Channel 4 shows and a cameo in Velvet Goldmine, Hoyle killed the character Divine Davidoff during a spectacular show at the Streatham Ice Arena in 2000. He returned to TV screens in 2005 in Chris Morris’ Nathan Barley and began performing live again under his own name, retaining his trademark biting satire, bravura costumes, wicked comic timing and compelling charisma.

For this special, one–off performance, Hoyle will respond to the themes raised in Cookie Mueller & Vittorio Scarpati, Putti’s Pudding and David McDiarmid, Rainbow Aphorisms.

What Should White Culture Do?

Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Royal College of Art, Battersea SW11 4AN
11:00 – 19:30 | £5/ £4 concessions
Please note: you are welcome to attend part or all of the talks throughout the day.

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Organised by Daniel C. Blight, with support from Art on the Underground and the Royal College of Art, What Should White Culture Do? brings together a number of artists, writers and scholars to discuss the workings of race and white privilege. This day long symposium will explore its theme in relation to a variety of subject areas, including contemporary art, politics, sociology and philosophy, and takes its title from the 1998 essay by Linda Martín Alcoff, What Should White People Do?


Kiera Blakey, Curator, Art on the Underground

Daniel C. Blight, Visiting Tutor, Critical & Historical Studies, Royal College of Art; Lecturer in Photography, University of Brighton; Co-editor, Loose Associations, The Photographers’ Gallery


Panel 1: Contemporary Art, Popular Culture, Race

Sutapa Biswas, artist and Reader, School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Dr Anthony Faramelli, mental health recovery worker, Single Homeless Project, London; visiting lecturer in Film & Screen Studies, University of Brighton.

Jade Montserrat, artist


Panel Discussion
, chaired by Sunil Shah, artist and writer.




Panel 2: Contemporary Art, Migration Studies, Race

Dr Nando Sigona, Senior Birmingham Fellow, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of IRiS, Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, University of Birmingham

Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Artists and Professors of Photography, Hochschule für bildende Künste (HFBK), Hamburg, Germany

Dr Yasmin Gunaratnam, Reader in Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London


Panel Discussion, chaired by Dr Ben Burbridge, Senior Lecturer in Art History, University of Sussex.




17:00 – 19:00
Panel 3: Critical Whiteness Studies and White Subject Formation

Dr Richard Seymour, writer and broadcaster

Dr Shirley Anne Tate, Professor of Race and Education, Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University


Keynote Lecture

Dr George Yancy, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Emory University


Panel Discussion
, chaired by Daniel C. Blight


Drinks Reception