We are proud to be hosting OUR STORIES: a night dedicated to sharing the stories at the heart of the Grenfell. Community is at the heart of what it means to be human.
"After losing my sisters family to this fire, I thought Grenfell was a darkness too heavy to face, but it is overshadowed by the light and beauty of its diverse and unified people who carry their legacy on. Their resilience, courage and LOVE has inspired me to shine a light on the courage and humanity of the people behind Grenfell." Feruza Afewerki, a bereaved family member
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Upstairs is proud to present an exclusive sneak preview of Sexy Lamp, a performance by Katie Arnstein, before it debuts at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Winner of Show of the Week at VAULT festival 2019, Sexy Lamp brilliantly combines comedy, original songs and storytelling to shine a bright light on how ridiculous the entertainment industry can be, and why Katie is refusing to stay in the dark.
Katie was a cherished member of the Upstairs kitchen team when we first opened, and we are pleased to be supporting her in taking her show to Edinburgh. All ticket proceeds and 10% of bar sales will go towards funding her journey!
“Throughly entertaining” Lyn Gardner
“Genius” ★★★★★ VoiceMag UK
“Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant” ★★★★★ Within Her Words
“She really is one to watch.” Ought to be Clowns
“Polished storytelling” Broadway World
Show of the Week VAULT Festival 2019
Pleasance Pick of VAULT Festival 2019
Ticket booking link here!
Brixton Boundaries is an installation by local design/architecture studios AWMA and Squire & Partners, which explores Brixton’s unique experience of boundaries.
Recognising that boundaries form part of our everyday experience, we set out to identify which helped us to feel secure and which form barriers to growth and inclusion.
Following a community workshop involving local people of various ages and backgrounds, we highlight the ways in which boundaries shape our community, and explore creative ways to break them down.
The immersive installation reveals physical and emotional barriers through illuminations, mapping, film and models, and invites visitors to contribute their own experience and become part of the evolving display.
Open daily from 10 am - 5 pm from Saturday 8 June - Sunday 16 June.
Downstairs at The Department Store is proud to be hosting the fantastic Brixton Chamber Orchestra's 'Live Lounge', where principal instrumentalists will be joined by a handful of incredible vocalists for a programme of imaginative and colourful covers by MD Matthew O’Keeffe.
Brixton Chamber Orchestra is a versatile group of classically–trained musicians, with young professionals and talented amateurs playing side by side. They specialise in classical music but play music of all types, including pop, gospel and grime. They revel in surprising and unlikely collaborations and are known for playing in unexpected places. Working with music charities and schools in Lambeth, they want to help bring new audiences to classical music and encourage more people to take up an instrument!
Your ticket will include a drink on arrival. Purchase tickets here!
HOT SHEET is an exciting group exhibition of rising image-based artists. 17 contemporary and dynamic artists will exhibit both new and existing bodies of work. This salon-style exhibition seeks to celebrate and highlight the use of photography within art.
The exhibition is open to the public on Thursday 16 May - Friday 16 May from 10 am - 5 pm. The private view is Thursday 16 May from 6 pm - 9 pm. See their website for more details!
As part of ‘The Collection’ there will be an exclusive event for London Craft Week on Thursday 9 May will feature Thomas J Price, Marlene Huissoud, Bo Lanyon, Rocco Tourino & Tim Gledstone discussing their work with curator Tom Winstanley, and includes a performance by Lunatraktors playing '22 3/4' by Alla Malova. This intimate event will unravel how these distinct artists approached the craft of the Foundry to inform, develop and create their work, followed by a unique opportunity to meet the artists and craftspeople of London Bronze Casting for a Q&A with drinks.
Tickets are £25 and available to book here The event password is LCW2019.
London Bronze Casting ‘The Collection’ is an exhibition that will showcase 25 artworks in bronze by contemporary artists and designers, hosted by Squire & Partners at The Department Store.
The works - including ‘Slave’ by Toby Ziegler, ‘The Astronomer’ by Studio Toogood and ‘Power Object (Section 1 No.1)’ by Thomas J Price - share a commonality; being complex, innovative castings that push the boundaries of standard artwork produced at a foundry.
The exhibition is open daily from 10am - 5pm.
The Badger’s Velvet Underground pop up store continues to expand with a number of new designers joining the group that will be Downstairs at The Department Store in April .. Around 25% of the artisans showing are new to the Badger’s Velvet Collective including the fabulous Kitty Clogs and Bee Potion and ceramicist Miranda Berrow, Itab and House of Oog.
Join us on Friday 26th April 6.00pm - 8.30pm and Saturday 9.30am - 5.30pm
More information on the artists found here.
DON'T SLEEP ON US is an evening of conversations with women from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds who create change. The guest speaker Liv Little, founded the very successful online and print magazine gal-dem, a multi-dimensional content platform by women of colour for all to enjoy. Come along to this event hosted Downstairs for an insightful and very enjoyable time. Tickets and more information found here.
Downstairs at The Department Store is looking forward to hosting Yoga & Jamaican Vegan Brunch - a 90-minute mix of rocket and yin yoga followed by some Jamaican soul food - all vegan! It takes place Saturday 23 February from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm.
Tickets and more information here!
For the second time we are proud to be hosting Crafty Fox and their Christmas Market. You can meet a hand-picked selection of talented traders with a different line-up each day, tunes from the Crafty Fox DJs and take part in a drop-in workshop too! Get all those last minute Christmas dilemmas sorted with Crafty Fox Market.
Open 11 am - 5 pm, 15 - 16 December. More information here!
Downstairs at The Department Store will be hosting LOVED, a gallery collaboration between visual artist Charlie Hunter and sound designer and film maker Mike Wyeld. The installation is an exploration of sexual identity. The prints show the outward signs of bear identity; the sound installation and technical elements open up the details of this global community to scrutiny – the sitters and others discuss what a “bear” might be and much more.
Hosted daily from 11 am to 5 pm.
Badger’s Velvet Underground is a diverse collective of independent designers, producers, makers and artists selling at The Department Store, Brixton November 17th & 18th 2018
After it's success in April at The Department Store in Brixton, The BADGER’S VELVET UNDERGROUND collective returns for another weekend showcasing it's unique group of independent designers producers and makers Downstairs at The Department Store in Brixton.
Badger’s Velvet Underground is curated by Ros Badger, a successful designer and author & the owner of Badger’s Velvet & the iconic children’s knitwear company Little Badger. Ros has gathered together a dynamic group of independent designers, producers, makers and artists from her contact book which spans over 30 years to create this unique group all offering to sell their wares on 17th & 18th November 2018 at Brixton’s prestigious Department Store.
Badger’s Velvet Undergournd will also be at Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead NW3 on December 1st 2018
The Green Shoots Foundation works in South East Asia to create access to education, health and agricultural technologies, bringing opportunities to remote communities which enables families to support themselves financially.
Designed as a collaboration between Squire & Partners, SAWA and the Green Shoots Foundation, the Agricultural Technology centre is a series of buildings on the outskirts of Samrong which offer agriculture, enterprise and education space for the community, providing vocational training for both children and adults.
Join them for a fundraising evening and enjoy an exclusive three course Khmer meal as they share updates on their progress, what they’ll be doing next and how you can get involved!
Tickets are £33 and available here which includes a delicious menu of Noodle Salad (v), Kampot Pepper Chicken with rice or Kampot Pepper tofu and aubergine with rice (v) and Pumpkin custard pie.
The Brixton Wave is a new festival that will debut in the Summer of 2019. Inspired by the range of ‘Fringe’ festivals that take place around the world, the wave will be a cultural explosion that captures the spirit of Brixton.
At this year's launch on the 10-11 November, it’s open daily from 11am - 5pm and then from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm each day to celebrate the People, Place and Culture of Brixton through a range of art forms. Here's what you can expect from the event:
Kofi Arts - The Dressing Table and The Mannequin. An art installation showcasing the contributions of Africans and Caribbeans to UK culture. This exhibition is available from 11am on both days.
Dirg Richards - A photographic documentation of the Windrush Experience. This exhibition is available from 11am on both days.
Alan Piper - Local Historian from the Brixton Society.
Neil Kenlock - Photographer.
Onysha D Collins - Poet and Filmmaker.
Hebe Foundation - Youth Theatre performance of the Windrush story.
Entertainment and Performances - Saxophonist, Guest Djs, Poetry and much more!
Click here to for more information and to book your FREE tickets.
We’re currently hosting ‘Here Comes The Sun’, created and curated by Jo de Pear. This exhibition of Cyanotypes showcases the past two years of experimentation and exploration. Inspired by the beautiful light of the Caribbean, Jo uses the tropical flora and fauna to make her striking and memorable ‘Sunprints’. Each one is totally unique and not part of an edition. Open daily from 11 am to 6 pm.
By layering and moving her subject matter under the Antiguan Sun, the leaves are left to cast their long shadows in the breeze and the burnt blue hues draw you into another world. Each piece is a sort of dance between the sun, time and the intentions of the artist. The blues may deepen, the whites may fade and it all comes down to precision meeting nature.
Jo is a professional Printmaker. She studied for her BA in Edinburgh and MA at Chelsea College of Art. She works between her studio in Brixton and Antigua. She has exhibited nationally and internationally throughout her career and she has her work in the print collections of The British Museum and The V&A.
We are delighted to be welcome BRIXTON BAZAAR, a weekend of shopping, workshops, comedy, treatment and talks curated by Lala & Bea.
Friday 5 October, 7:00 pm - ‘The Positive Impact of Motherhood on Careers’, a panel chat with Gemma from Mutha.Hood, Yvonne from Kemi Telfdord and Hayley from The Southwood Social Hub. Tickets and more information here.
Saturday 6 October, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm - ‘Family Day’, pop-up shops, face painting, and child-friendly workshops.
Saturday 6 October, 7:00 pm - ‘Comedy with Scummy Mummies’, grab your free drink and join Ellie and Helen as they celebrate the scummier side of parenting, from drinking wine at teatime to hiding from the PTA. Tickets and more information here.
Sunday 7 October, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm - ‘Self Care Sunday’, shop small brands, exercise with Jemma from Jemma’s Health Hub, and treat yourself to the massages and manicures you deserve!
Abe Odedina will present True Love at The Department Store in Brixton, a series of paintings commissioned by Danny Boyle for the South African based charity, Dramatic Need.
The paintings respond to testimonies from young people in South Africa who had undergone highly traumatic life experiences. The series was used as a backdrop to performances of the testimonies by a star-studded cast at Carnegie Hall, New York, in 2017. Now, in his home town of Brixton, Odedina will exhibit these paintings for the first time.
Abe Odedina is a trained architect who began painting on a trip to Brazil in 2007. Now a full-time painter, Odedina works with acrylic on plywood, making flat surfaces with vibrant, stylised subjects that delight in the use of colour and celebrate the power of both the everyday and the mythical. Works by Odedina have been acquired by the British Government Art Collection and exhibited at The Royal Academy, the National Portrait Gallery and the Stephen Friedman Gallery. Currently he is working towards a solo show at The Underground
Museum in Los Angeles in 2019.
After in collaboration with Squire & Partners, presents Paste, a unique site specific ceramic installation by recent RCA graduate Christopher Riggio. Responding directly to The Department Store’s history and recent reimagining, Paste explores craftsmanship,
materials and evolutionary states with a focus on ornamentation with utility.
Following his MA final, Christopher was selected for Wallpaper’s Graduate Directory of 2018 and began working as an assistant to ceramicist Martin Smith. Riggio has also worked alongside numerous ceramists and designers, including Hitomi Hosono and Robin
Levien. Inspired by Lucio Fontana and the handicraft of Cartier, Riggio’s practice addresses a perpetual desire to reconnect with a past metropolis through new material sophistication.
AFROPUNK hosted a series of talks at The Department Store between September 3rd – 8th.
Monday 3 September - Talk Series: Radical Self Care
Tuesday 4 September - Talk Series: Kinks, Colorism and Colonialism
Thursday 6 September - Talk Series: Building a New Black Britain
Friday 7 September - Talk Series: Black to the Future Part I and Part II
Saturday 8 September - Talk Series: Redefining Masculinity
Gain expert insight to the business of writing for young readers at this intensive weekend workshop. Informative and inspiring it promises two full days of interaction with leading authors, agents, editors and other publishing professionals who specialise in the world of children’s literature. There will be sessions led by renowned publisher Sarah Odedina who will talk about the craft of writing focussing on improving and polishing writing skills with particular emphasis on dialogue, setting and character development. By the end of the workshop participants will be better equipped to refine their own writing as well as understand how work becomes published.
Speakers will include:
Authors Malorie Blackman, Ele Fountain and Patrice Lawrence.
Publishers Sarah Shaffi, Crystal Mahey-Morgan and David Stevens and Aimee Felon from ‘Knights of’.
Contracts specialist Nikki Griffiths.
Literary agent Julia Churchill.
Lunches will be an opportunity for further networking when workshop participants will meet a range of guests from the publishing industry including journalists, editors, literary agents and booksellers.
The fee is £200 per person which includes refreshments and lunch on both days. To register for a place please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The content for each day will be delivered in a lecture-type setting. Please come prepared for an intensive two-day publishing bootcamp that will support you to be more focused on your writing and better informed about how the publishing industry really works.
By the end of the workshop you will have:
Skills and knowledge to improve dialogue, focus on settings, create stronger characters and refine the plot of your book.
Advice on how to find your writing voice.
Strategies and advice for approaching agents.
The names and contact details for a range of publishing professionals.
All delivered by successful writers, editors, agents and publishers.
Squire and Partners will host a talk and tour of The Department Store in Brixton, exploring ways in which the practice has preserved and expressed the shifting identities of the building throughout its history since 1906 – from grand retail destination and Brixton landmark to 1990’s squat – and discuss the careful architectural interventions and interior design approach which have secured its future.
When Squire and Partners embarked on reviving the dilapidated Edwardian department store as their new workspace, they committed to allowing the existing fabric and layers of history inform the new design. Once a prominent part of a thriving cultural neighbourhood, the building had fallen into disrepair and lost any relevance to the local community. Recognising the decayed grandeur of the raw space, which revealed an extraordinary commitment to craft by the original artisans of the day, the practice sought to highlight the building’s history in its found state, and introduce a layer of contemporary interventions by a new generation of artisans.
The revived building comprises event spaces alongside units for businesses including a vinyl shop, coffee roastery, delicatessen, bar/restaurant, a community Post Office and a unique workspace for the many facets of design work undertaken at Squire and Partners.
Presented by Director Tim Must alongside the practice’s Head of Interiors, Maria Cheung, the talk will be followed by a tour of the building, and finish with drinks at the practice’s Upstairs rooftop bar.
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A lecture and preview evening: Home Stories, takes place on Tuesday June 19th, to raise money and awareness for the Housing and Homelessness Charity Shelter. Through four short lectures the ideas of home, identity and community are addressed. Rhea Newman, policy officer from the Housing and Homelessness Charity Shelter will speak about her work within the charity. Story teller Josh Gaillemin from The Whole Story, will narrate about the Giant Dolls’ House Installation on show and the use of stories in the home. Tim Gledstone from Squire and Partners will examine the home or house in architectural practice and present the practice’s ZubaBoxes. Catja de Haas will present the Giant Dolls’ House Project and its goals and will look at the home in miniature: the dolls’ house.
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The Giant Dolls’ House installation is a collaborative arts project. Local schools, community groups and students in the Brixton area, Squire and Partners: local architects, as well as participants to the workshop on the opening Saturday all create a dolls’ house-room in an empty shoebox, any way they want to (there are no rules). These are assembled onto a black canvas and linked with ropes, ramps and ladders to create a community of the ideas hopes and dreams of its makers: a Giant Dolls’ House. The installation highlights the importance of a home and community for all.
We are hosting The London Society’s panel discussion on Regeneration - specifically, who is it for and what makes good growth?
Can you have growth that is universally good for everyone, given that most growth in London will have some impact on someone no matter what the design and intentions. Will sub-urban intensification be welcomed by those who like living in suburban rather than urban conditions. Is it possible to get universal support for estate regeneration programmes. Is it right that estate regeneration programmes take so long to deliver so that whole generations of younger people have to grow up in poor conditions?
Ellipse Art Group, in collaboration with architectural firm Squire & Partners, are excited to present All About My Selfie; a two-person exhibition by New York City based Rachel Libeskind and London based Josh Rowell.
The exhibition aims to explore the shifting behaviours within society in light of a social-media, technology-driven age. Hosted at The Department Store, Squire & Partners Brixton HQ, All About My Selfie will mark the first time in which Libeskind and Rowell have shown together and will feature never-before-seen works from both artists.
As a part of London Craft Week, Squire and Partners hosted an exclusive evening behind the scenes at The Department Store, Brixton. The talk featured established and emerging creative collaborators in conversation with architects Squire & Partners own fashion graduate Isabel Fletcher, artist Based Upon, Pajaki maker Karolina Merska and Czech glass studio Lasvit.