Music & Love at Brixton East

Olivia Atkins talks to Samantha Clarke about her recent success with the Music & Love Exhibition at Brixton East. Photos by Alex Curtis.

In the heart of Brixton and tucked just behind the markets lies one of our town’s best kept secrets. A former furniture warehouse has been converted into an arts space to showcase local talent.

Their most recent exhibition was Music & Love, which presented a collection of work from various artists. The launch night promised music, poetry and acoustic singing in a bid to promote the eye-catching show.

The event had a friendly and intimate feel as curator Samantha Clarke knew all the artists personally. She had her father Peter Clarke exhibit his work and her son, known musically as Santego, perform on the opening night with his group P.E.S.T.

She said: “I know so many fantastic creative people who never have a chance to show their work. I wanted to get them all together. The title for the exhibition, Music & Love, was for the artists to interpret themselves. Music and love are my two favourite things. The art reflected the title.”

There was great variety among the art, as each artist presented their individual style and decided how to incorporate Samantha’s theme.

Of the venue, she said: “Brixton East made the event special. It is such a brilliant space. Having two levels worked so well – with the art downstairs and the gig upstairs.”

The opening night was particularly special as there was a great turnout and people seemed very keen to mingle, interact with one another and find out more about the art. By the end of the night, most of the audience were up and dancing, with P.E.S.T. playing the final set of the night.