Are public places our community spaces?
After exploring the future of Croydon’s high street in their film ‘About Us, Without Us‘, Art Press turns their attention to the town’s green spaces.
Turf’s collective of young artists Art Press have been meeting both virtually and in person to maintain connection in and around lockdowns. For their residency across the Fungus Press boards, they have foraged plants to make inks, made poetry from aerial maps, and used manmade and natural textures to make work exploring what exactly ‘local’ means. How has local changed after Covid? How can we reconnect post-pandemic, with nature and with each other?
About Fungus Press
As concerns grow regarding the privatisation of public spaces across London, and elsewhere, Fungus Press invites artists, designers & writers to respond to Croydon’s public spaces through a series of newly commissioned billboard artworks.
Sites include; Wandle Park’s community garden and pond; Park Hill Park’s walled garden; and Reeves Corner. The programme of artworks is usually complimented by other works, such as events, texts, walking tours and audio guides.
The text-based posters aim to discuss and celebrate the importance and potential of Croydon’s public spaces, offering alternative ways to navigate the area; both geographically and temporally. They speak of Croydon’s untold past and its yet to be written future; reasserting the essential role that green spaces play throughout civic life: from articulating our sense of place, to encouraging democratic engagement.
View previous Fungus Press Residencies here.