It’s an unlikely venue for an art exhibition.
But the launch of Bold Tendencies IV on the top two floors of the multistorey car park in Peckham still drew around 1,500 people last Wednesday.
The crowd was mostly made up of impossibly thin art students, the bigness of their hair and sunglasses making up for the smallness of their artfully distressed clothes. Plus their mums and dads; Peckham’s ever-interesting locals; and a few art celebs (hello, Jay Jopling, Antony Gormley and Alison Jackson).
Bold Tendencies IV, as the title suggests, is the fourth in a line of annual sculpture projects organised by the Hannah Barry Gallery.
I have to admit that, while I quite liked Alex Hoda’s The Dancers, the art on display is quite hit and miss, and rarely beats the incredible views of London from the top of my local multistorey.
And there’s always the suggestion that it’s Frank’s Campari Bar, a make-shift structure of impossible coolness in one corner of the top floor that might, for some, be the main attraction, more than the works of art themselves.
Frank’s is designed by Lettice Drake and Paloma Gormley (Antony’s daughter) and run by Frank Boxer and chef Michael Davies.
Debates will wrangle over whether Frank’s is London’s coolest summer pop-up bar (I challenge you to name a better one); but last Wednesday it was definitely the busiest. With queues about seven people deep, we didn’t even try to get our hands on any of the promised Campari, leaving it to the pushy students in possession of “bolder tendencies” than ours…
Check out more Bold Tendencies IV photos on flickr.
Bold Tendencies IV and Frank’s CafeÌ and Campari Bar is at Peckham Multi-Story Carpark, 95A Rye Lane, London SE15 until 30 September. www.frankscafe.org.uk