The Arch Company celebrated Small Business Saturday 2021 with a community event in Brixton and artwork that transformed Brixton Station Passageway
On Small Business Saturday, 4 December 2021 – The Arch Company celebrated Brixton’s community of artists and independent businesses. Brixton Station Passageway was transformed with striking creative community artwork woven throughout, and the walkway played host to a pop-up festive makers market too.
The Arch Company worked in partnership with The Brixton Project to pay homage to Brixton’s distinct and diverse railway arch heritage. Renowned local street artist Luke Warburton and his artistic collective were commissioned to paint the Passageway underneath Brixton overground station. Connecting Atlantic Road with Brixton Station Road, this previously unloved section within the town-centre was completely re-imagined by Luke and his team into a vibrant series of Brixton-inspired artwork. Luke has previously worked with The Arch Company on community artwork in nearby Herne Hill, which similarly drew inspiration from the local area to create a vibrant piece of permanent street art.
Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood was one of many who visited the makers market on Small Business Saturday. Helen said: “I was delighted to see new murals and a brilliant pop up Christmas market for Small Business Saturday showing how this space can be transformed and put to positive use. There is much more to do to secure long lasting change at Brixton Station, but this project really shows what can be done.”
In addition, a festive pop-up market took place showcasing works from young entrepreneurs based in Brixton. Curated by Make Shift Create, makers aged 16-25 were invited to host a stall – which proved popular with passers-by looking for Christmas presents. Local Steelband group the London All Stars added to the buzzy atmosphere, alongside a walking, talking, Christmas tree provided by local makers Bureau of Silly Ideas. The result was entertaining day for all who visited, supported by Brixton BID (who also offered complimentary gift bags) and local stakeholders too.
Charlotte Cywinski, Portfolio Asset Manager at The Arch Company was equally supportive of the occasion. Charlotte said: “We’re delighted to celebrate Small Business Saturday and host a community makers market of Brixton’s creative traders. It was a great way to acknowledge the diverse array of businesses in the area and start the festive season.”
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