Life In A Shoebox

26 Apr 2017 – 29 Apr 2017

Event times

11 am - 4 pm.

Cost of entry

Free and open to all.

Backroom Gallery

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 12, 36,436, 171, 197, 343, 363
  • Overground line
  • Peckham Rye Station - accessible from London Bridge or Victoria or East London line

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Emerging artists respond to the shortage of affordable living and work spaces in modern cities. The exhibition focuses on life lived in a small space, the causes and the way in which we all have to shoehorn ourselves to fit.


When researching an available gallery in which to exhibit their work, 30 emerging artists on the Masters course at Wimbledon College of Art questioned how big a space is required to show original artwork? They rose to the challenge by finding an affordable small gallery (The Back Room, Holdron's Arcade) which is part of the Peckham-based Bussey Building – Copeland Park Estate. With space at such a premium the idea of making this the theme of their exhibition was generated – reflecting the circumstances of many young Londoners as well as the exhibiting artists.

All the artworks fit into ‘shoebox’ size containers and these fit together as an installation in the gallery. The ‘shoeboxes’ are themselves a work of art; designed by one of the group, Paul Anton, a London based artist and architect originally from Spain.  He explained about his box designs: “I was thinking how the space was stretched and narrowed so it’s like a time-line of the space, so the openings of the boxes are narrow. It reflects the roofs when we are doing urban planning”.


Morna Hinton

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