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The Ballad of Peckham Rye

French & Mottershead | Woodland
Friday 27 – Saturday 28 September, 2019 One Tree Hill, Honor Oak Park Road, SE23 £5.75 – £6.50 + booking fees

“a work celebrating our belonging to the wider fabric of the universe – something we often forget” Aesthetica Magazine

We are delighted to invite you to join us to experience French & Mottershead’s moving audiowork Woodland at One Tree Hill, Honor Oak, on the works first public outdoor staging in London.

Woodland describes your body’s slow fade into the leaf litter of the forest floor, whilst lying under the ancient oak on top of One Tree Hill. This work connects you deeply to your body and to the oak itself and considers the biological and chemical processes that continue long after you are conscious, as you are gently subsumed by the earth over thousands of years.

Woodland is part of French & Mottershead’s Afterlife series of audio works. All works in the serieschart in poetic yet forensic detail. The series originated from a combination of personal fear connected to the fear of dying alone and not being found, and the artists’ curiosity in science of decomposition.The artists collaborated with forensic anthropologists, ecologists and conservators in developing each piece, researching minute details in the science of decay and renewal to create a series of works that puncture our fear of the unknown.

Booking essential

To experience this meditative and deeply affecting work book your tickets here. Each listening experience lasts 30 minutes. This is an outdoor work. Please remember to wear warm, waterproof clothing and sensible shoes. Woodland explores death and decomposition and is recommended for ages 14 and over or by parental guidance. We are offering a 10% discount to Southwark Presents card holders. Please visit our website for more information. For press enquires please contact or 07976 977110.

About The Ballad of Peckham Rye

Taking its title and concept from Muriel Spark’s 1960 novel, The Ballad of Peckham Rye (TBOPR) uses the text as a starting point for working with artists to commission and produce new work that draws on, imagines or celebrates the distinctive architecture, geological monuments, histories and experiences of the area.

Image: French & Mottershead Woodland. Photo Paul Blakemore

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Car Free Day is Coming!

Environment Matters by Sylvie Waudby

What would London be like without any cars on the streets?

On Sunday 22nd September, the capital will experience its biggest Car Free Day. Billed as “Reimagine” by Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London is inviting Londoners to reimagine our city without cars. There will be 20 km of closed roads around Tower Bridge, London Bridge and the City of London, with free events such as e-bike rides, pop-up playgrounds, and guided walks.

Why have a Car Free Day?

This is a great opportunity to reclaim the capital’s streets, moving them away from vehicle domination, giving children the chance to play safely in the roads, to hold a street party, explore London by foot, public transport or bicycle.

More importantly, it’s a spotlight on London’s air pollution.  Nitrogen dioxide levels in London are regularly exceeded and every school in London experiences levels of PM2.5 (tiny particles that can penetrate deep into the lungs) above limits set by the WHO.  Vehicles contribute to over half of air pollution.

What is Lewisham doing on this day?

Lewisham has taken the Car Free Day Play Street Pledge!  A Play Street closes off a road for a few hours, allowing kids to play in the street and neighbours to socialise in a car-free environment.  Lewisham has welcomed applications for local play streets. Unfortunately, the deadline to apply was 1stSeptember for Car Free Day, but Lewisham also allows regular Play Streets, for example on a monthly basis.

In Forest Hill, one of the regular Play Streets is Derby Hill Crescent.  Resident Katie Knowles says it started with an annual street party and then became a regular monthly event. A majority of the street residents had to sign up and were happy to do so as many had families with young children, or remembered playing in the streets as a child. “The benefits are unquestionably a growing sense of community and it’s great in our busy lives to have this one Sunday a month where we all down tools and catch up.  Obviously, it’s fantastic for the kids to have the opportunity to play together, cycle like mad things up and down, doing chalk drawings, or in and out of each other’s houses.  And the parents get to stand around and natter over a cup of tea, or even something stronger at times!”

Schools can also apply for a summer Play Street every July, possibly leading to a more permanent ‘school street’ where cars are banned at drop-off and pick-up times.  The obvious benefits in traffic safety, traffic reduction and lower pollution are clear.

So why not leave the car at home on 22nd September, explore our great city, or think about setting up a regular Play Street on your road?


These Faces/This Place

THESE FACES/THIS PLACE is part of fine art photographer Olivier Tafforin’s larger project FACES AND PLACES and features photographic portraits and scenes shot in SE22.

As an artist obsessed with the sublime, the beautiful and the visually poetic, Olivier (who was a painter for over 15 years) has been shooting a particularly broad array of images both in France (where he was born) and in England (where he has lived for over 20 years). When he started exploring East Dulwich he was impressed by its creative vibe, diversity and sense of community.

From a shot of a discarded foam mattress all the way to portraits of business owners and residents, his photographs take us on an atmospheric and textural journey paying homage to this iconic area of South East London.

Private View:  Thursday 19th September 6.30-9pm

Opening times:  20-22 & 25-29 September and 2,3 October (from 11am to 5pm)

Closing party:  4th October 6.30-9pm

Gallery Address:  Artists Space, 155a Lordship Lane, behind Franklins, SE22 8HX

Olivier is a photographer currently based in London. He developed an obsession for the mediumat an early age before moving into fine art painting. He worked for many years in fashion and art publishing before going back to photography full time. He likes to direct every aspect of his shoots – set dressing, styling and make-up – but more importantly he is in charge of all the post editing and retouching for every single photograph. His time as a painter along with his fascination for cinema often informs the aesthetics of his images. His work has been exhibited in numerous UK venues over the years.

Art@57 Exhibitions and Markets

Art@57 Exhibitions and Markets is an initiative by local Artist and Curator Louise Ward and hosted by Suzanne James. Itis a lively street-facing window gallery with  regular pop up art markets. It aims to showcase the work of local Artists and Makers, highlighting the quality of the creativity in and around East Dulwich.

Louise is a Fine Art Photographer who recently showed her work locally at the lovely Jeannie Avent Gallery. She has also exhibited this year with Shutterhub at their exhibitions in Cambridge, Rotterdam and at Pil’ours Festival in France.  Louise has been a local resident in East Dulwich for nearly 30 years, and takes part in the Artists Open House Event every year in May. She is also a graduate of 2 local colleges Camberwell Art School and Goldsmiths College.

How Art@57 came about

Nearly two years ago, Louise noticed that the old pet shop in North Cross Road had closed and that the property had been refurbished, but wasn’t sure what the space was being used for. She loved the look of the shop front and how the window caught your eye. A little later on Louise was lucky enough to attend a lunch event there hosted by Suzanne James. It was Suzanne that had bought no. 57 and transformed it into a private hire venue and cookery school. Suzanne is also a local resident and native of East Dulwich, whose main catering business is based in Barry Road SE22.

Louise kept looking at the lovely windows at no 57 and thought what a brilliant place it would be to display artwork and perhaps to start a window gallery. So Louise got in touch with Suzanne who loved the idea and agreed to let her program exhibitions in the window showcasing different local Artists’ work each month, and the rest is history !  In its first 10 months Art@57 has shown the work of over 22 local Artists in the window which has quickly become a stopping place for locals who enjoy seeing what will be on show next, with many indulging their love of Art by purchasing works for their homes or as special gifts. This September we have the work of talented Printmaker and Actor Helen Adie in the window, followed in October by well known local abstract Artist Helen Ireland.If something in the window has caught your eye just email Louise for an viewing appointment (

The Art Markets have become a lively addition to the street market in North Cross Road. Over 40 local Artists and Makers have already bought their work to sell inside no 57. and there are many more lined up for the Autumn and Winter dates, all with unique beautifully crafted hand-made items.The dates for the Autumn Markets are Saturday September 21st and Saturday October 26th from 10am and the Winter Markets will be on Saturday Nov 30th, and Saturday December 7th and 14th from 10.30am.

To keep up to date with all Art@57events either follow them on instagram @artat57 or look in the window of no 57 for the notices. Visit for more info.

57 North Cross Road, London, SE22.9ET.

Apple, and quince tart with a hazelnut crumble topping

If you have a tree bearing the old-fashioned quinces, don’t let them go to waste — it is a wonderful fruit that is ideal for poaching, stewing, or baking as a dessert as well as being ideal for use in jams, jellies and preserves because of its high pectin content.  I love to combine them with Apples and this is one of my favourite recipes – the perfumed quince puree and hazelnut crumble really make this apple tart special:

Apple, and quince tart with a hazelnut crumble topping (serves 4)

Allow approximately 1.5 hours


For the tart

  • 30g unsalted butter
  • 2 Quince, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 3-4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 230g pre-rolled puff pastry
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 apples, cored and thinly sliced (Cox’s orBraeburnswork well)
  • Honey to drizzle
  • 30g unsalted butter, melted

For the hazelnut crumble

  • 100g Self Raising flour
  • 50g butter
  • 50g sugar
  • 50g chopped hazelnuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6.
  2. Melt the butter in a pan, add the chopped quinces and cook over a gentle heat for 8-10 minutes. Stir in half the sugar and a splash of water and cook for a further 4-5 minutes, until softened.
  3. Remove from the heat and puree using a hand blender until smooth.
  4. Grease a baking tray and trim the puff pastry so that it fits onto the tray. Using a pastry brush, brush over the egg yolk and prick all over with a knife.
  5. Spread the quince puree over the pastry and arrange the apple in vertical lines on top. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle the remaining 1-2 tablespoons of caster sugar over the top.
  6. Make the crumble by rubbing the butter and flour together until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.  Stir in the sugar and nuts and sprinkle mixture over the tart.
  7. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
  8. Remove the tart from the oven, cut into 4 servings and drizzle with a little melted butter.
  9. Serve with CrèmeFraîche, cream or custard according to preference!


In Season this Month:

Fruits & Nuts
Apples, Apricot, Aubergine, Blackberries, Blackcurrants, Blueberries, Loganberries, Peaches, Plums, Raspberries, Redcurrants, Strawberries, White currants, Cobnuts, Hazelnuts, Quince

Vegetables & Herbs
Artichokes, Aubergines, Beetroot, Broccoli, Cabbages, Carrots, Cauliflower, Chard, Courgettes, Cucumber, Fennel, French Beans, Garlic, Kohlrabi, Lamb’s Lettuce, Onions, Pak Choi, Peas (inc. Sugar Snaps) Potatoes, Radishes, Rocket, Runner Beans, Salsify, Scorzonera, Samphire, Sorrel, Spinach, Sweetcorn, Tomatoes, Watercress

Meat & Game
Lamb, Rabbit, Venison, Wood Pigeon 

Fish & Shellfish
Black Bream, Crab (brown, hen & Spider), Signal Crayfish, Grey Mullet, Lobster, Mackerel, Pollack, Prawns, Scallops, Sea Bass, Squid, Trout (river – brown and rainbow)

Going out of season
Blackberries, Blueberries, Cherry, Mange tout, Peach, Redcurrant, Strawberries (many of these towards the month).

Suzanne is a professional chef, wife and mother who has lived in South East London all her life.

This article first appeared in the September 2019 issue of SE22 magazine.