Battle of Lewisham public artwork consultation

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Share your views and help shape a permanent public artwork commemorating the 1977 Battle of Lewisham.

Inspired by 1970s zines and punk and reggae culture, the provisional design draws heavily on many of the iconic images taken on 13 August 1977 by some of the most prominent social documentary photographers of the time.

We want to create a wider public conversation to extend our collaborative approach to the design process and are working with a number of local community organisations to host pop-up consultations in sping and summer 2019. Many have already shared their views at the Telegraph Hill Festival, New Cross Assembly, Moonshot Community Centre, Lewisham Library and the Hilly Fields Midsummer Fayre. Next we will be at Deptford Market on Saturday, 6 July. Come along and tell us what you think!

Feedback on the provisional design using the form below and help shape a permanent public artwork.

Development process

During the 40th anniversary events in August 2017, people of all ages and abilities created forty vibrant collages to inform a future public artwork telling the complex story of the Battle of Lewisham.

In late 2017 we established a community Advisory Group to collaboratively design an artwork based on the public's collages. The group includes Goldsmiths historian Dr John Price, local artists and representatives from Lewisham Council. The design itself has been created by Goldsmiths graduate Ted Low based on input from the Group. 

The current proposal is for the artwork to be situated on the side of Goldsmiths' Library on Lewisham Way, a short distance from the commemorative plaque on Clifton Rise. We hope to install and launch the artwork in Autumn 2019.

The community advisory group includes:

  • Soft Wax (Local artist)
  • Ian Simons (Local artist)
  • Will Cenci (Goldsmiths Public Engagement Manager)
  • Selena Bolingbroke (Goldsmiths Lead for External Engagement & Strategic Development)
  • Ted Low (Designer and mural artist)
  • Dr John Price (Goldsmiths Head of the Department of History) 
  • Sarah Lang (Development Officer, Lewisham Council)

Photographers who've contributed images or whose work is featured include:

  • Syd Shelton
  • Paul Trevor
  • Homer Sykes
  • Chris Steele-Perkins
  • Chris Schwarz
  • Pete Marlow