Peckham Heroes, Jessica Voorsanger celebrated Peckham's historical and famous residents in a lively and innovative artwork where the gallery was transformed into a warm, relaxed and sociable space that encouraged active participation.
For the duration of the exhibition Peckham Space was transpormed into a drop in day-time karaoke bar dedicated to ten personalities that have a connection with Peckham. These heroes range from Rio Ferdinand to John Galliano and had been chosen by local young people from the Harris Academy who worked with Voorsanger on the project.
This interactive exhibition invited visitors to participate in the Peckham Heroes karaoke. Visitors dressed up in one of the bespoke costumes and wigs made by the artist and perform their heroe's theme song on a specially constructed stage. For those that prefered to watch there was an opportunity to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere with a cup of tea or coffee and view the artwork including portraits, costumes and both live and recorded performances.
The Peckham Heroes were:
Ashley Walters (actor & musician: So Solid Crew, Adulthood); Boris Karloff (actor, Frankenstein); Jo Brand (Comedian); John Galliano (Fashion designer); Chris Eubank (boxer); Mary Phillip (International footballer); Michael Caine (actor: Alfie, The Italian Job); Rio Ferdinand (International footballer); Olivia Coleman (actress: Peep Show, Rev); Thomas Tilling (inventor of the bus stop as part of his major horse-bus service which commenced in Peckham).