All aboard! Artists and hairdressers create public exhibition along 63 bus route

Katherine Johnston (30 May, 2018)

Salon 63 will celebrate diversity along south London bus stops

22166The Salon 63 procession with Samba drummers in Elephant and Castle

A new arts project celebrating the culture and communities found among hair and beauty salons on the 63 bus route has had its first ‘stop’ at Elephant and Castle.

Founded by curator Sasha Galitizine, ‘Salon 63’ launched at the Peak Gallery – a former hairdressers – on Sunday, May 20 with a jewellery parade, showcasing items made by artist Andrew Logan.

The procession was accompanied by a traditional Brazilian Batucada Samba band as they paraded through the soon-to-be demolished Elephant and Castle shopping centre, near Mr Logan’s studio, with a quick tea stop at Columbian café La Bodeguita.

Outside Elephant and Castle shopping centre (c) Merrick d’Arcy Irvine

Organiser Sasha Galitzine told the News: “The parade was intended to be bright, intriguing, fun and accessible, everyone was dressed in Andrew’s incredible jewellery and the Brazilian Samba drummers were a way of representing the local Latino community and trying to encourage their involvement.

“The fact that the shopping centre, a vital element for the local community is soon to be demolished means much of this communal space will be dispersed or displaced. We wanted to celebrate what the building stands for and bring as many people along with us as possible.

“The rest of the exhibition – Salon 63 which will be from September 15, is about collaborations between artist and communities, specifically in hair and beauty salons down the number 63 bus route.

“Salons are representative as a social space for a huge variety of cultures. The celebration of the local community, spirit and joy of the parade acts as a symbolic start for the show and our mission to engage people down the route.”

The 63 bus starts at Forest Hill Tavern, travels through Peckham, down the Old and New Kent Roads, and into Elephant and Castle, before heading up towards Southwark station, Blackfriars and over the river into Farringdon, terminating at King’s Cross.

In the coming months, fourteen artists will be working with hair salons along the route which Ms Galitzine describes as crossing “a breadth of communities in regards to ethnic background, socio-economic prosperity, historical roots and political predilections”, celebrating London’s diversity.

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Photo credit: Merrick d’Arcy Irvine 


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