The South London Black Music Archive, by artist Barby Asante will celebrate, preserve and investigate South Londoners' personal relationships with moments in black music history.
For the duration of the exhibition the gallery will be transformed into an 'open archive' mapping objects which represent and explore personal stories of the influence and evolution of black music in South London. Welcoming contributions from the public, this archive will include items such as books, magazines, concert tickets, posters, stories, records and CDs gathered and displayed with the reverence of museum pieces. Asante's selected objects highlighting seminal moments in this history will share the same platform as visitors' objects and stories depicting their own experiences through music and memorabilia.
One of the founding items of the South London Black Music Archive will be a 'limited edition' vinyl specially produced for the project as a result of the artist's collaboration with young people from the Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) mentoring programme. This artwork was created in affiliation with Regeneration & Community Partnerships, Tate Modern with an exclusive record sleeve by graphic design collective Åbäke.