Curated by artist-led space TACO!, Assembly Thamesmead addresses issues around agency, placemaking and collective organisation in order to open up debate about artist-led responses to cultural inequality, public space, housing and community production.

London’s position as a global centre for contemporary art is underpinned by its many art schools and vibrant artist-led scenes that feed a wider ecology of commercial galleries, collectors, institutions and international audiences.

But London’s position is seen as precarious. Sustaining an arts practice in the capital in the face of high costs of studio and living space is now challenging for the majority of artists. The strain of 10 years of austerity politics has added further impetus for artists to consider living and working elsewhere.

Drawn by opportunity and affordability, artists are living and working in new parts of the city. In the process, new initiatives are developing and raising critical questions about the role artists and arts organisation play in the regeneration of London and the changes to its communities.

Assembly Thamesmead includes contributions from artists, curators, producers and organisations working in London, with a particular emphasis on ‘London’s edge’. Through panel discussions, screenings, artists talks and workshops, this day-long event provides artists with an opportunity to share ideas and take action.

TACO! is an artist-led space for research, production and exchange located in Thamesmead. It is engaged with its local context whilst simultaneously supporting dialogue with artists and contemporary art.

Venue: The Lakeside Centre, Bazalgette Way, London, SE2 9AN

Welcome and introduction to the day
10am – 10.15am

Panel Discussion: Space is the Place
10.15am – 11.45am

Artist Talk: Laura Yuile, Asset Arrest
11:45am – 12:45pm

Lunch
12.45pm – 1.45pm
Vegan and gluten free options will be available.

Panel Discussion: If we build it they will come
1.45pm – 3.15pm

Workshop: Don’t Mourn, Organise!
3.20pm – 5.45pm

Film Screening: 72-82 by William Raban
5.50pm – 6.50pm

Abbey Arms, 31 Wilton Road, London, SE2 9RH
7pm onwards
Round off the day with informal drinks (pay bar and food available).