Bold Tendencies is bringing work by Es Devlin, Carlo Rovelli and Benedict Cumberbatch to their Peckham rooftop

31 August 2018
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Like the Cashino on Rye Lane, or a post-Canavan’s doner from Katie’s Kebabs, Bold Tendencies is a Peckham institution. Since 2007, they’ve been making art publicly accessible in South East London, most notably atop a car park opposite a perfectly serviceable branch of Morrisons.

You know the car park we’re talking about, the one that dominates your Instagram feed for a few months a year, as seemingly everyone on Earth decides to get their photo taken on those Simon Whybray-painted pink steps before supping on a cold, crisp plastic pot of continental lager as the sun dips below Camberwell and Nunhead.

It isn’t just negronis and heaping plates of barbecued pork neck up there at Frank’s Cafe – there’s also a large-scale sculpture that gently encourages viewers to consider how they negotiate spaces that blend art and entertainment.

Bold Tendencies next big show sees artist and designer Es Devlin working with theoretical physicist and author Carlo Rovelli on an “immersive installation” inspired by his book The Order of Time. Es and Carlo have also asked top-tier thespian Benedict Cumberbatch to get involved, and the Sherlock star will be reading from the text.

Described as an invitation “to imagine a world where time is in us and we are not in time,” The Order of Tme sees Carlo attempting to unravel the mysteries of time itself.

The reading, which takes place on 22 September, is set to be followed by the Multi-Story Orchestra of Haydn’s The Clock and American composer John Adams’ work for 70 players, Short Ride in a Fast Machine. This musical interlude will be suffixed with a discussion between Es and Carlo.

Get yourself in the mood for the show by having a quick look at what’s been going on high above the hustle and bustle of SE15 this summer so far.


Bold Tendancies: João Vasco Paiva, Home 2.0


Bold Tendencies, Irina Kirchuk: Cloudburst


Bold Tendencies: Lawrence Lek, Farsight Corporation,

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Josh Baines

Josh Baines joined It's Nice That from July 2018 to July 2019 as News Editor, covering new high-profile projects, awards announcements, and everything else in between.

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