Off The Fence ‘24

In Cel­eb­ra­tion of 50 Years of the Lam­beth Coun­try Show

Wed­nes­day 22nd May — Sunday 9th June 2024 

Brock­well Park

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This year’s Off The Fence pro­ject cel­eb­rates 50 years of the Lam­beth Coun­try Show with a spec­tac­u­lar col­lab­or­a­tion between artists and loc­al com­munity. The peri­met­er fence of the Brock­well Live fest­iv­al site will be trans­formed into a large-scale install­a­tion hon­our­ing Lambeth’s his­tory of rad­ic­al cel­eb­ra­tion.

In col­lab­or­a­tion with Brock­well Live, The Brix­ton Pro­ject has com­mis­sioned five artists, through a wide­spread open call, to design art­work for the fence based on com­munity ideas and memor­ies of cel­eb­ra­tion.

Selec­ted artists misha B, Lor­na Jean-Charles, Akmaral Khassen, Wil­li­am Lind­ley, Habiba Nabisubi and Kes Young, were invited to run cre­at­ive work­shops with loc­al res­id­ents of all ages as part of the Brix­ton Project’s innov­at­ive Com­munity Research Exchange. The work­shops set out to gath­er the dis­par­ate voices of Lambeth’s loc­al res­id­ents to share per­son­al and col­lect­ive nar­rat­ives through dynam­ic, cre­at­ive means.

Informed by the stor­ies and visu­al rep­res­ent­a­tions gathered in these com­munity work­shops, the artists’ designs make up an immers­ive install­a­tion of joy­ous expres­sion, that cap­tures the vibrant spir­it of Lambeth’s loc­al com­munity.

The Lam­beth Coun­try Show

Start­ing back in 1974 The Lam­beth Coun­try Show, is a high­light of South London’s sum­mer. Cel­eb­rate and escape into a space where city meets coun­try, where we meet and share all that we are for two glor­i­ous days sun­shine or rain.

For 2024 we cel­eb­rate 50 years of sheep shear­ing, flower shows, and veget­able won­ders sit­ting side by side with amaz­ing music, food, crafts and com­munity groups. This beloved and mav­er­ick tra­di­tion that could only hap­pen here, in Brock­well Park, Lam­beth — London’s most rad­ic­ally cre­at­ive bor­ough.

Con­trib­ut­ing Artists

Habiba Nabisubi is a Brit­ish-Ugandan mul­ti­me­dia artist, edu­cat­or, men­tal health advoc­ate and illus­trat­or based in South Lon­don. She is a highly detailed visu­al storyteller and world­build­er, with authen­t­ic rep­res­ent­a­tion being at the core of her prac­tice. Habiba views all of her art­works as an oppor­tun­ity for oth­ers to learn, grow and reflect. Hav­ing gradu­ated from Cam­ber­well Col­lege of the Arts in 2016 with a BA(Hons) Illus­tra­tion degree; she then went on to par­ti­cip­ate in Arts Coun­cil fun­ded Path­ways Into (Chil­dren’s Pub­lish­ing) 2019–2021. She has worked with BBC, Angelo Sem­in­ara, Merky Books, The Nation­al Por­trait Gal­lery, Peck­ham Levels and The Horn­i­man Museum & Gar­dens, amongst oth­ers.

Wil­li­am Lind­ley is a visu­al artist based in South Lon­don. His artist­ic prac­tice is influ­enced by his back­ground in archi­tec­ture, regen­er­a­tion and research in the UK, the Neth­er­lands and Egypt. His work primar­ily explores the evol­u­tion of place and land­scape, and has been presen­ted in many set­tings, includ­ing museums, con­cert halls, lib­rar­ies, parks and his­tor­ic build­ings. He fre­quently col­lab­or­ates with oth­er artists and prac­tices to deliv­er pro­jects with com­munit­ies. He has cre­ated site-spe­cif­ic com­mis­sions and install­a­tions across the UK, includ­ing pro­jec­tions for Bolsov­er Castle in Derby­shire, a col­lab­or­at­ive pro­ject with loc­al res­id­ents at Ports­mouth Cent­ral Lib­rary, a pro­ject with a neur­os­cient­ist at The Uni­ver­sity of Sus­sex and a mov­ing image to accom­pany a live per­form­ance of Stravinsky’s Fire­bird Suite for the Lon­don Med­ic­al Orches­tra.

Akmaral Khassen’s first art print was cre­ated dur­ing her mas­ter­’s thes­is at the archi­tec­ture school where she invest­ig­ated hid­den home­less­ness amongst women in the UK and the lack of access to men­stru­al hygiene. Her work opens the con­ver­sa­tion about our body’s right and explores joy and soft­ness asso­ci­ated with fem­in­ine forms.

Misha Amber Bry­an, widely known by her stage name miSha B, is a mul­ti­fa­ceted sing­er, song­writer and abstract artist hail­ing from Manchester, Eng­land. While she ini­tially gained recog­ni­tion as a cap­tiv­at­ing sing­er and song­writer, Misha has since expan­ded her cre­at­ive hori­zons to include the world of abstract art. Misha uses her plat­form to spark mean­ing­ful con­ver­sa­tions about social justice and sys­tem­ic inequal­ity. Find­ing solace in the world of art, Misha dis­covered a new aven­ue for self-expres­sion, chan­nel­ling her deep­est thoughts and emo­tions into her abstract cre­ations. One woman, many lay­ers she is.

Lor­na Jean-Charles has lived and worked in Lam­beth for over 25 years, she is not only an artist she is also a musi­cian. Lor­na has per­formed in the past in the Brock­well Park Coun­try Show. Lor­na has acted and sang in vari­ous music­als one in par­tic­u­lar Black Her­oes In The Hall Of Fame where she played Ella Fitzger­ald. Lor­na has always been cre­at­ive from mak­ing jew­ellery, song writ­ing and art using dif­fer­ent medi­ums. She recently put in a pro­pos­al to the Brit­ish Lib­rary which was accep­ted and she planned and organ­ised 6 work­shops to pro­duce 6 Mosa­ic plaques which is cur­rently on dis­play at the Brit­ish Lib­rary Bey­ond The Baseline exhib­i­tion.

The piece Lor­na worked on is a col­lab­or­a­tion with Kes Young they cap­ture the vibrancy, enter­tain­ment, and social diversity, whilst mak­ing a state­ment to bring down bar­ri­ers that infringe on people.

Kes Young has always loved art and star­ted her busi­ness Heart in art work­shops, to share all forms of cre­at­ive work­shops with every­one. Her most loved medi­um is mosa­ics.

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.