Bespoke art exhibition: A Tale of Two Southwarks
The inspiration for the exhibition is the incisive report, A Tale of Two Southwarks, a needs analysis of the London Borough of Southwark, to which Roast’s Founder, Iqbal Wahhab OBE, referred Suchi (artist) early in 2017.
Southwark ‘is a product both of its rich history and a modern makeover.’ In forging its future, exclusion and isolation are seen as dangers, whilst ‘those most likely to feel a high sense of satisfaction are those who feel they belong to their neighbourhood’.
Inspired by the borough’s diversity, contrasts and local community challenges, Suchi, an oil painter, and John, a photographer, set out to capture the two Southwark's visually for an exhibition specifically designed for the space in Roast in Borough Market. Their ambition is to encourage visitors to Roast to reflect on the borough’s diversity and contrasts, to engage with its challenges and, hopefully, to be part of the solution and to offer support to Southwark Giving.
The exhibition comprises oil paintings on canvas, photographs printed on aluminium and mixed media, jointly produced works which combine photography and oil painting to create images which draw attention to the diversity and contrasts which make the two Southwarks.