Shoreditch Festival

To celebrate this year’s Shoreditch Festival PEER ran a series of FREE events, a silk scarf designing workshop and hosted an exhibition by participants of a Creative Mentoring project run by Shoreditch Trust and University of the Arts London.

In the week running up to the Festival weekend, a series of ‘blue plaques’ appeared along Hoxton Street. These temporary blue plaques mark the lives of people who have lived along Hoxton Street over the last 150 years. The street already has a number of official blue plaques, but what this project hoped to forefront is the lives of everyday people who have inhabited the street over the centuries, and those continuing to do so. During the festival weekend visitors also had the chance to make their own blue plaques.

During the festival weekend, PEER hosted an exhibition of work by young people who participated in a Creative Mentoring project with local creative organisations and businesses developed by Shoreditch Trust and University of the Arts London. Given the brief 'Hoxton Street what next?' the mentees involved all independently put the street's multitude of hairdressers and barber shops at the centre of their investigations. In response to this theme PEER adopted the appearance of a hair salon.

The mentees and mentors involved were: Sogol Afshar (3angrymen); Chinemere Kwesike (Louisa Martin); Farhana Khatun (Louisa Martin); Lukas Zcraggovski and Saul San (Hoxton Radio); Land Miassoni (David Webster, UAL); Ruben Loufimpou (David Webster, UAL); Hazara Uddin (Nissen Richards Studio)

On Sunday 14 July we were joined by the internationally acclaimed British artist and barber Faisal Abdu’Allah who performed a live salon event. As he cut his model's hair he entered into a conversation with the audience that wove together issues relating to hair, life and art. You can watch an edited version of Faisal's performance above.