Bold Tendencies is a not-for-profit creative enterprise and arts organisation that has been based in Peckham, South East London, since 2007 and is located on the disused top four floors of the municipal car park.
Over a 10 year period Bold Tendencies - together with its partner projects, Frank’s Cafe and the award-winning resident Multi-Story Orchestra - has transformed its car park home through an annual commissioning programme of visual art, classical music (hosting Steve Reich for the BBC Proms in 2016), poetry and literature and pioneering architectural commissions including Frank’s, the Straw Auditorium, Simon Whybray's bubblegum pink West Staircase and Cooke Fawcett's Concert Wall. With immersive public spaces and spectacular views across London, the project has attracted more than one million visitors so far.
Alongside our arts commissioning programme we are expanding the footprint of Bold Tendencies outside our annual summer season. Over the last five years we have delivered many innovative education projects and community initiatives. Now gathered under a new charity Bold Everywhere, we continue to be heavily invested in the exciting spaces that lie between learning and play, education and enjoyment.
For the following years of its tenure on the car park site it is the intention of Bold Tendencies to undertake a cumulative commissioning programme and celebrate the site’s evolving function as a civic opportunity, allowing visitors to fully experience and appreciate the works installed, and to freely enjoy public space in the city.