Southwark today

Heritage & archives, exhibition design, Dec 2020 - June 2023

Southwark today is a project about the borough of Southwark and some of the people who are part of it.

Syrup worked with the local community, many collaborators, commissioned artists and the borough of Southwark’s heritage, archive and library staff to share stories, showcase community action and ensure the project keeps developing. 

The project is funded by Southwark Council with additional elements supported by the London College of Communication’s Research, Knowledge Exchange and Equality, Diversity and Impact funding.

We would like to thank all of the many contributors who have given so much of their time and energy to be part of the Southwark today project.

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Southwark today exhibition

Celebrating stories from the people and places who make Southwark, today

Southwark today exhibition

🕒 June 2022 - June 2023
📍️ Southwark Heritage Centre & Walworth Library, 147 Walworth Road, London SE17 1RW
📅 FREE exhibition, open daily 

For more info & opening times please visit the website here.
Place, home, work and play are the themes that run through the exhibition, which includes new commissioned work like The Camberwell Incredibles Map of Southwark by the Camberwell IncrediblesGiants by artist Hayley Wall and La Liga, a film women’s football league directed by filmmaker Justyna Kabala.

Other work on display includes a zine library and a showcase of community action and creative groups including Peckham Vision, Latin Elephant, and The Chateau and Adapt. The exhibition also showcases ONE Picture My Story, an oral history project about the lives of older black members of the community.

This exhibition is the beginning of the conversation. It represents a small part of the huge amount of energy, diversity and creativity that comes to life across Southwark every day.

Co-curation: Syrup / Southwark today participants
Exhibition design and concept: Syrup

Graphic design: Émilie Loiseleur
Project support: Ren Miranda Antelo
Project & design support: Veronica A* Amon

Fabrication & joinery: Joshua Dodds and Gianluca Mingolla / Tobias Buckley with support from Robert Chell
Painting: Edward & Robert Chell  (Nunhead)
Upholstery: Tony Paul (Camberwell)
Vinyl installation: Joss Smith (Peckham)

Vinyl printing: Hexio (Old Kent Road)
Printing: Rapidity & LCC (Elephant & Castle)

Opening event photography: Tom McCaughan

Heritage Centre & Walworth Library Open Day

A creative sharing event to celebrate the full opening of the new library / 9 October 2021

Zine workshop: Zoe / Sweet Thang
Displaced trader stories: Desiree & Romina / Latin Hub
Mural workshop: Nicki & Abi / Colouring Spaces & Accessibility Project UK
Scribing: Rachel / F.A.T Studio
Photography exhibition: La Liga by Syrup & Justyna Kabala; Castle Square Community Carnival by Fergus Riley

Archive material pictured: Dr Harold Moody Archive

Project support: Ren Miranda Antelo
Heritage team: Lisa, Jessie & Patricia
With thanks to: Stefano & the library team

Event photography: Tom McCaughan

Library opening display

A display to share archive material, local organisations and submissions from the public / April 2021  

Display case includes: F.A.T Studio / Insights @ London College of Communication / Khroma Collective / Justyna Kabala / The Feminist Library / Supersmashers @ South London Gallery

Archive film:
compliation of footage and community responses edited by Bella Riza

All black and white archive photography by Phil Polgaze

︎︎︎ Watch the video here!

Case photography: Tom McCaughan

Images provided by Southwark Archives / Phil Polglaze

Visit to the Local History Archive and Museum Collections, December 2020

With thanks to
Nana Opoku
Ambrose Omoma
Lisa Soverell & The London Screen Archives
Judy Aitken, Patricia Dark, Jessie Goodison-Burgess, Helen Savage, Stefano Battaglia, Patricia Ogunyemi, Rejoice and the whole library team

Syrup 2022