Peckham Perspective: Community art exhibition celebrates Peckham’s voices

The vibrant voices of Peckham are being brought to life in the form of colourful letterpress prints in a one of a kind exhibition opening this summer.  

Peckham Perspective has been created by Michelle Dwyer, of Nice and Graphic Studio in Philip Walk, Peckham, to highlight the diverse voices of the neighbourhood.

Through conversations held during community days at charities and organisations in the area, interviews with small business owners and  questionnaires circulated on social media, Ms Dwyer has curated hundreds of statements to show how people feel about their community. 

Phrases, thoughts and stories about Peckham were selected and letterpress printed by hand onto colourful gradients, offering a kaleidoscope of perspectives.

From August 15 to 22, Peckham Arches Gallery in Blenheim Grove, will be transformed by Peckham Perspective, with the walls and floor covered in a tapestry of bold typography.

All the prints will be for sale, with 50 per cent of the profits donated to directly to PECAN, a local charity celebrating 35 years of fighting poverty in Southwark.

Ms Dwyer has lived and worked in Peckham for almost 13 years and started Nice and Graphic Letterpress Studio in 2020.

She often holds arts workshops and open days for marginalised, elderly and neurodivergent members of the Peckham community.

She said: “The beauty of this project is in its inclusivity and thereʼs still time to be a part of this collective narrative.”

Visit www.peckhamperspective.com or @niceandgraphic to share your thoughts on Peckham ahead of the exhibition opening.

Pictured top: Michelle Dwyer stands infant of a wall of her printed quotes (Picture: Michelle Dwyer)

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