In February 2023, the LFA launched an open call competition entitled ‘People at the Centre of Brixton’ in partnership with London Borough of Lambeth and Brixton BID. The competition invited architects, artists and designers to submit a proposal for a public realm installation in Brixton. The installation would sit across two sites in and would form the backdrop for a series of community-focussed activations during the month of June.
The brief invited designers to reimagine the two sites – Windrush Square and Atlantic Road – in ways that would put Brixton locals at the centre of urban planning and improve spatial experience for residents, businesses and visitors.
The winning team – local collective bafalw, made up of Bamidele Awoyemi, Farouk Agoro and Livia Wang, in collaboration with Brixton Community Cinema – was chosen in Spring 2023 by a panel of judges including representatives from Make Up Brixton, Black Cultural Archives and The Brixton Project.
Views on the Atlantic by bafalw and Brixton Community Cinema
Atlantic Road © Luke O’Donovan
The chosen design – Views on the Atlantic – composed two scaffold-based installations across the two sites in Brixton. On Atlantic Road, a pop-up cinema structure was installed in the undercroft of the steps of Brixton railway station, while two large screens constructed above disused public toilets on Windrush Square provided the backdrop for archival images and projections during the month of June.
Windrush Square © Luke O’Donovan
Each of the installations created new public spaces for Brixton residents to encourage conversation, connection and debate between individuals relating to the local area and its history, and the role that shared common land plays in their day-to-day lives. The installation’s scaffold structure reflects Brixton’s history as a site of change, while mirroring the transitional pop-up/pop-down nature of Brixton Village and its markets.
© Luke O’Donovan
The Views on the Atlantic film programme was curated collectively with LFA2023 theme ‘In Common’ in mind. The programme included events by local London-based groups such as Baesianz, Languid Hands, and The Mosaic Rooms and films selected by cinema organisations and archives from across the world.
During the daytime, the Atlantic Road site was activated by local arts organisations with workshops, pop-ups and other public events.
© Luke O’Donovan