On Cold Spring Lane

5 Jul 2017 – 5 Aug 2017

Event times

Mon-Fri 12-6pm
Sat 12-5pm

Cost of entry

Free Admission

Assembly Point

United Kingdom, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Peckham Bus Station and Peckham Library
  • Queens Road Peckham and Peckham Rye

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Assembly Point is delighted to present ‘On Coldspring Lane’ an exhibition of work by Rebecca Ackroyd, Victoria Adam, May Hands, Hannah Lees, Ella McCartney, Amanda Ross-Ho and Marianne Spurr.


The works included in this exhibition focus on the energy and frequencies inherent in all matter, the life cycles of objects and the complexity of preservation. Concerned with materiality, process and the re-presentation of matter, all the artists included are exploring relationships and tensions between the organic and synthetic, figuration and abstraction, and the found and made object. 

On a sunny Tuesday morning on 4 June in the grate over the storm drain to the Chesapeake Bay in front on Sam’s Bagels on Cold Spring Lane in Baltimore, there was:


one large men’s black work glove one dense mat of oak pollen

one unblemished dead rat

one white plastic bottle cap                      

one smooth stick of wood


Glove, pollen, rat, cap, stick. As I encountered these items, they shimmied back and forth between debris and thing – between, on the one hand, stuff to ignore, except insofar as it betokened human activity (the workman’s efforts, the litterer’s toss, the rat-poisoner’s success), and, on the other hand, stuff that commanded attention in its own right, as existents in excess of their association with human meanings, habits or projects.


In the second moment, stuff exhibited its thing-power; it issued a call, even if I did not quite understand what it was saying. At the very least, it provoked affects in me: I was repelled by the dead (or was it merely sleeping?) rat and dismayed by the litter, but I also felt something else: a nameless awareness of the impossible singularity of that rat, that configuration of


pollen, that otherwise banal, mass-produced plastic water-bottle cap.


Jane Bennet, 'Vital Materiality' 2010

Exhibiting artists

Hannah Lees

May Hands

Rebecca Ackroyd

Victoria Adam

Amanda Ross-Ho

Ella McCartney

Marianne Spurr


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