After PEER reopened in 2016 following our capital development scheme we continued building on our work to date and reaching new audiences. In Autumn 2016 we launched 4 Seasons, an outdoor commissioning programme which explored wildlife, biodiversity and artists’ interest in nature. The programme consisted of a seasonally changing display in the cabinet on the side wall of the Post Office next to PEER, and a series of events. You can explore these Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer commissions. This programme was generously supported by Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust.
In 2016 we commissioned and launched a new artwork on the Arden Estate and developed a unique PEER Ambassador programme for young people.
The capital works significantly enhanced PEER's visibility on the local high street and provide improved facilities for audiences and participants. The improvements to the public realm space to the front of the gallery have transformed the area into an open and inviting pocket park enabling us to fulfil our ambitions of being a truly outward facing organisation and embedding our activities into the local community. The introduction of a new local landmark in the form of a pedestal clock with an illuminated rotating light box serves as a public space for annual art commissions, while in the pocket park we will have created Spontaneous City: Hoxton, a new inhabitable sculpture by London Fieldworks providing homes for bugs and birds.
Previously, a three year pilot programme, PEER Participate (2010-2013), supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation enabled us to create many new partnerships and develop profound and meaningful relationships through a series of long-term projects and activities. Working with artists Maria Amidu, Emma Hart, Louisa Martin, Kathy Macarthy and Dustin O'Hara we realised a series of ambitious projects that you can read more about in the sections on St. Monica's RC Primary School, Bridge Academy, Me You Hoxton Too and The Sharp End.