Platform One at Hackney Downs station has been transformed to a reading room and art exhibition area available to residents, visitors and passengers.
The contemporary art space brings back into use empty units on the railway platform and includes a programme of exhibitions, events and performance. The reading room holds a collection of artist’s books and other printed material that can be read there or bought.
The project entitled ‘Banner repeater’ is the latest in a series of projects supported by Hackney Council to being empty shops and premises back to life. The projects are financed by central government funding awarded to the Council, and are designed to provide activities that will benefit Hackney’s residents and visitors.
Cllr Guy Nicholson, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, said: “By commissioning initiatives such as Banner Repeater, the Council is helping to promote to residents and visitors alike, the great creative talent flourishing across Hackney, as well as supporting our local economy. This series of commissions, which includes Farm:Shop, is a fantastic use of empty spaces across the borough. I hope as many people as possible visit these great projects.”
Banner Repeater is run by artist Ami Clarke. The reading room’s permanent collection is home to Publish and be Damned’s public library.