PEER London presents its 2023 programme.
PEER is a non-profit community place for contemporary art in Hoxton, East London. PEER’s internationally recognized programs of public exhibitions, collaborative projects, talks, events, and offsite commissions center on artists and local communities.
PEER is housed in a converted shopfront on Hoxton Street in Arden Estate, overlooking and maintaining Khadija’s Garden. PEER has a 24-year history as one of London’s most experimental contemporary art spaces, working with artists such as Chris Ofili, Mike Nelson, Bob & Roberta Smith, Danh V, Fiona Banner, Emma Hart, Jimmy Robert, Jadé Fadojutimi, Lubna Chowdhary, and Moi Tran, among many others. PEER Ambassadors, a free, collaborative, and creative initiative for persons aged 17-25 from underrepresented and lower socioeconomic backgrounds who live and work in PEER’s local area, is at the heart of all our activities.
PEER’s 2023 program focuses on collective effort, interdependence, and place. The exhibitions program begins with a solo exhibition by artist Tanoa Sasraku, followed by a survey exhibition over the summer that explores collective artistic, cultural, and political initiatives that took place in Hackney in the 1970s and 1980s, and the year will conclude with a new commission with artist Iris Touliatou. PEER develops a new commission by artist Leah Clements for 2024 throughout 2023, and we launch the Ambassador Artist in Residence Programme 2023-24, culminating in a new commission as part of PEER Notices. Throughout the year, a variety of activities such as talks, readings, performances, and workshops are held.
February 16–May 20, 2023
Tanoa Sasraku (b. 1995, Plymouth, UK) is a London-based artist who uses sculpture, tapestry, print, and analogue film to examine geography and memory in relation to British, Black, Ghanaian, and queer cultural history. Her exhibition at PEER continues on an ongoing series of works that incorporate sculpture and print to investigate latent memories, energies, and mythologies embedded in rural environments.
we are a group of people composed of who we are
June 22–September 9, 2023
A groundbreaking survey exhibition that examines the cultural, artistic, and experimental cooperative activities that occurred in Hackney between the 1970s and 1980s. The exhibition and accompanying events programme explore the radical and influential history of artistic, cultural, and social work embedded in the heart of our local community in Hackney, bringing together new commissions, existing artworks, literature, film, and never-before-seen archival material. The exhibition brings together diverse voices from all generations and backgrounds to investigate what it means to collaborate and collectivize.
October 5–December 16, 2023
Iris Touliatou, an Athens-based artist, has received a new commission and her first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom (b. 1981, Athens, Greece). Touliatou frequently works in response to a given setting, spanning the numerous disciplines required for each intervention. Her work, which takes the shape of sculpture, drawing, sound, scent, and language, generates fleeting forms and shared experiences to comment on labor, affective economies, and states of being. Touliatou’s work raises issues about the conditions of artistic production and the institutional context in which it exists, by examining infrastructures and function, attachment and wants, the public and private.
PEER Ambassador and Notices Programme
The PEER Ambassador program is a six-month rolling program that is free, collaborative, and creative for people aged 17 to 25 from underrepresented and lower socioeconomic backgrounds who live and work in PEER’s local area. The program provides paid work experience at our street-facing gallery, as well as chances for professional development and learning. As part of PEER Notices, Ambassadors will also collaborate closely with an Artist in Residence over 2023-24.
PEER will collaborate with London-based artist Leah Clements (b.1989, London, UK) on a new project that will be displayed in early 2024 throughout 2023. Clements’ research is focused with the relationship between psychological, emotional, and physical states, typically investigating personal stories of difficult-to-articulate experiences while critically and practically exploring topics connected to sickness, cripness, and disability in art.