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Sara MacKillop | One of My Kind | Stephen Watts

25 October 2019 – 26 September 2020

Launch Date
: Thursday 24 October, 18:00 – 20:00

PEER in the Library (PITL) is a year-long three-part programme of exhibitions, events and workshops that invites artists and artist collectives to create work focusing on the power and potential of the spoken and written word in a variety of media. This ambitious new initiative opens on 25 October 2019 at both PEER and at Shoreditch Library across the street in Hoxton, London. PITL continues with two further projects at the Library, concluding in September 2020.

The first part of the programme is Returns and Renewals, a dual-site exhibition by British artist Sara MacKillop. MacKillop’s practice is immersed in the world of paper, pens, print and all the trappings and ephemera of the printing and stationery industries. The exhibition will be on view at PEER from 25 October until 21 December and at Shoreditch Library from 25 October until 1 February.

Part two (February – May 2020) will be a project curated and hosted by One of My Kind (OOMK), a collaborative publishing practice led by artists Heiba Lamara, Sofia Niazi and Rose Nordin. Working together they make, publish and distribute books and printed works that arise from self-initiated art projects. These include OOMK Zine, a handcrafted small-press publication which pivots upon the imaginations, creativity and spirituality of women. For PITL, OOMK will participate in a four-month residency at Shoreditch Library with an exhibition and workshop series.

The final part of PEER in the Library will be a curated group exhibition (June – September 2020) that explores language and the ways in which it shapes our cultural identity. The centrepiece of this project will be the culmination of a 25-year- long project by East London-based poet, artist and translator Stephen Watts, who has undertaken to create an analogue database of the complete biography of poetry in English translation. Watts’ magnus opus will be the reference point for the presentation of films, photography and installations that consider how language shapes our understanding of the world, and how dying and extinct languages can be understood as a kind of death of knowledge and culture.

Commenting on this new partnership initiative, PEER director, Ingrid Swenson said: ‘Arts and culture illuminate and enrich our lives, positively impact on social cohesion, can improve people’s physical and mental health and have a wealth of eduational benefits. Libraries are secular, welcoming, trusted spaces, where people can explore and share reading, information, knowledge and culture. PEER in the Library will be an ambitious and powerful way to combine arts, culture, community and knowledge sharing into an expansive and integrated programme of activity’.


PEER in the Library is supported by Hackney Council's Shoreditch and Hoxton Art Fund, which is made possible by development contributions from Shoreditch; The London Community Foundation and Cockayne - Grants for the Arts; Derwent London Community Fund; Paul Hamlyn Foundation; Paul and Louise Cooke Endowment; PEER Patrons and Great Art.

For further press information, please contact Alison Wright PR alison@alisonwrightpr.com
07814 796930

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