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Jerwood Contemporary Makers inspired by Union Street area

London SE1 website team

This year's Jerwood Contemporary Makers are exhibiting work by artists who are taking their inspiration from the Jerwood Space building and the Union Street area.

Picture Domino Wall by Linda Florence
Picture Domino Wall by Linda Florence

Greek-born textile designer Ismini Samanidou has created a walk through installation highlighting the history of the Jerwood. She worked on a large loom in North Carolina using evocative documents, maps and handwriting to enliven her 'brick' walls.

The words 'John Harvard' make a link with Southwark and America as she attempts a layered reflection of the site by looking at activity over hundreds of years. She also picks out its long years as the Orange Street School.

Linda Florence takes the Victorian school connection to look at tile designs. She is known for her handmade wallpapers and so for the Jerwood's entrance she has made a wallpaper which grows from the gallery floor tiles on to the wall. Visitors are invited to take a soft 'tile' to add to the pattern.

In the cafe, behind the same wall, is another exhibition called Un:Place (until 20 July) which also responds to the Jerwood landscape and surroundings through six artists.

Photographs show nearby views and the tables where you might place a coffee cup are decorated with a map or drawing. All Hallows Garden in Copperfield Street seems to have attracted more than one contributor.

We learn that Queen Street, Duke Street and Charlotte Street were joined to become the Union Street which is "the artistic corridor between Waterloo and the Borough".

Jerwood Contemporary Makers continues until 10 July

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