Arts space at Hackney Downs station sees 'fantastic' response

Arts space at Hackney Downs station sees 'fantastic' responsePeople occupying flats to rent in Hackney are showing great interest in a new reading room and contemporary arts space that is now in place on platform one at Hackney Downs station.

Banner Repeater is an artist-run initiative that offers exhibitions, events, performance and written material to around 4,000 commuters who pass through the busy station on a daily basis.

Created as part of Hackney Council's Art in Empty Spaces initiative, it involves the distribution of pamphlets, posters and alternative literature to engage and inspire people about artistic works, as well as offering online resources and a public library archiving printed material from various creative people.

Thus far, the response to Banner Repeater has been extremely positive, with word-of-mouth spreading in such a way that it is starting to become a destination in itself, rather than simply a pleasant surprise that people stumble upon while on their travels.

Upcoming shows at the space include the digital video-based Re-Run exhibition and an event called The Map is the Territory, which assesses the way in which modern technology is affecting the production of art.

A talk will also be held next month that discusses the link between consumer technology and the ability to act politically.

Guy Nicholson, Hackney Council's cabinet member for regeneration and the Olympics, said: "I would like to know where else you would find a station manager and a curator working together creating an experience that captures your attention, fires your imagination and introduces new audiences to art and expression through contemporary literature.

"Banner Repeater showcases the innovative and creative talent found across Hackney and is bringing a whole new meaning to visiting Hackney Downs railway station."

The Art in Empty Spaces project is aimed at creating meaningful new attractions at empty properties or spaces in Hackney, with artists having also helped to revitalise old or unused shops, libraries and post offices.

Posted by Chris Price

Published 14th February, 2012

© 2012 Estates IT Limited

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