10 Apr 2020

This Skills Exchange project worked with residents and shop owners in East Street Market, one of the oldest street markets in London.

East Street Market is a space of transition that is constantly adapting to the needs of an ever-changing community. As part of Southwark Council’s major regeneration scheme of the Elephant and Castle area, the Market was tendered to private management. For residents and shop owners, this marked a period of extreme uncertainty.

Working with artist Barby Asante and researcher Cristina Garrido Sanchez from Goldsmiths Centre for Urban and Community Research, women from Southwark’s InSpire Reminiscence group investigated the Market and its history. The Sarsaparilla Summits, named after the drink historically sold at East Street Market, were created as a forum to bring together market traders, campaigners, historians, activists and other people with concerns for the future of London street markets.

The group used East Street Market as a case study to consider methods for recording the memories of what is lost in the process of regeneration and to develop a strategy to maintain community ownership of the unique, diverse and dynamic spaces that markets represent in London neighbourhoods. A map and poster are the result of this collaborative research project.

Trading Spaces: An Investigation into the Future of Street Markets

BARBY ASANTE
Artist

CHRISTINA GARIDA SANCHEZ
Researcher, Goldsmiths College CUCR

JANNA GRAHAM
Serpentine Projects Curator

CATHERINE HAWES
Project Coordinator Skills Exchange, Serpentine Gallery

JAYNE LLOYD
Inspire Project Coordinator

Inspire Participants

BARBARA AKERS
ROSE CAMPBELL
PAT DAVIES
ELEANOR, GEOFFREY
TERESA MCGEE
MARY MEEHAN
EMINA MUSTAFA
EKINS PERCH
MAUREEN PERCH
Architecture Crew
JENNIFER ASEIDU
EDUARDO DA COSTA

Sarsaparilla Summit Participants

SEAN ADRIAN
Trader Brixton Market

LES BACK
Professor of Sociology, Goldsmiths College

GRAHAM COOPER
Chair, Southwark Street Traders Association

GERRY DANIELS
Trader, East Street Market

SARA HAQ
Artist

DOUGALD HINE
Spacemakers Agency

ILYANNA KERR
Goldsmiths College

KRISTINA KOTOV
Trader, East Street Market

SASHA LAUREL
Friends of Queens Market

DAWN LYON
University of Kent

SAIF OSMANI
Coordinator, Friends of Queens Market

RICHARD REES
Independent Candidate for Southwark Council

ALEX RHYS TAYLOR
Goldsmiths College

ALISON ROOKE,
Goldsmiths College, CUCR

PAULINE ROWE
Secretary, Friends of Queens Market

BEN TUNSTALL
Friends of Brixton Market

JOHN WALLINGTON
Secretary, Southwark Street Traders Association

ISOBEL WHITELEGG
University of the Arts

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