Brixton Revival: London Design Festival, 16-24 September 2017

 

Brixton Revival is an exploration of the culture, design, craft and communities of Carnival. Journey along the Love Carnival Trail to a range of Brixton venues showcasing the essence of Carnival, and its amazing ability to bring communities together to build bridges across diverse cultures. Brixton Revival is part of Brixton Design Trail (16-24 September), which is part of London Design Festival 2018.

Once a year the Caribbean community in the UK shares Europe’s biggest street festival, with the world – London’s Notting Hill Carnival.

‘Brixton Revival’ celebrates this creative explosion with the ‘Love Carnival Trail’ documenting its journey from the Caribbean to its presence in the heart of Brixton. ‘Brixton Revival’ celebrates the culture, arts, design, craft and communities who make carnival happen. Presenting a visual spectacle through design, exhibition, music and display all inspired by the Steel pans, Mas making and unique sounds of Carnival.

Journey along the ‘Love Carnival Trail’ to visit a range of Brixton venues including Black Cultural Archives, showcasing the essence of Carnival and its amazing ability to build bridges across diverse cultures. As part of the Brixton Revival, Black Cultural Archives will host two distinct sculptural installations in our courtyard and two special events.

Brixton Revival ‘Love Carnival’ Installation by Lyn and Carl Gabriel
16-24 September, 10am-6pm at Black Cultural Archives

Carnival Arts Specialists Carl and Lyn Gabriel present their carnival inspired sculptures as part of the Brixton Revival, part of London Design Week. Lyn’s parents were actively engaged in carnival; with her father a Pan Man, and Mother, a Carnival Queen, she grew up with Carnival in her blood. Carl was involved early on with carnival as a pan player with Ebony Steel Band, and went on to co found Star Dust Mas and create his own Mas Band, Misty Carnival Club. The Gabriel’s specialise in wire-formed sculptures that are presented at Carnivals across Britain as well as other large scale festival events including Diwali in Trafalgar Square and the Mayor’s Thames Festival. Whilst Carl focuses on creating the wire forms Lyn adorns and adds the finer details to the structures. Two of their large scale 3D wire form sculptures are on display at the Black Cultural Archives as a part of the Love Carnival trail.

The Love Carnival installation by internationally renowned Carnival Arts Specialists, Lyn and Carl Gabriel, seeks to connect the viewer to the history, music and craft of carnival; providing a connection to the current Black Sounds exhibition and the array of archive materials contained within the building. 

Carl and Lyn Gabriel specialise in wire-formed sculptures.  Whilst Carl focuses on creating the wire forms Lyn adorns and adds the finer details to the structures.   The courtyard features two of their large scale 3D Sculptural works ‘Mother Earth’ (2008) created with local children from Hill Mead Primary School, Brixton SW9 and ‘Snake Goddess (2014).
Wirebending is a traditional skill used in making mas in Trinidad and Carl is considered the leading practitioner in Britain today.  He is widely esteemed for his work in educational outreach, taking carnival arts to the V&A Museum and Science Museums and continues to develop carnival’s profile around the world.  Their work is presented at Carnivals across Britain as well as other large scale festival events including Diwali in Trafalgar Square and the Mayor’s Thames Festival.
 
Carl was involved early on with carnival as a pan player with Ebony Steel Band, and went on to co found Star Dust Mas and create his own Mas Band, Misty Carnival Club.  Lyn’s parents were actively engaged in carnival; with her father a Pan Man, and Mother, a Carnival Queen, she grew up with Carnival in her blood from a very young age. 
 
Carl will be leading a 3D Carnival sculpture workshop at Squire and Partners on Thursday 21st September at 12 noon.  For more details click hereThe installation is part of Brixton Revival Love Carnival Trail which features installations and artists’ interventions at venues across Brixton as part of the Brixton Design Trail 2017.
 

Events

BCA Commemorating Brother Oxolando Smith
Saturday 16 September, 1.00pm-5.00pm

Brother Oxalando was a distinguished musician and drummer with the Afrobloc group, whose name was derived from the Brazilian Carnival movement in Bahia and London School of Samba. Learn all about his contribution to black music, bans and Pan Afrikan ideals.
Free, book online or drop in.

Elimu Mas Academy: Its Origins and Artistic Vision
Wednesday 20 September, 7.00pm-8.00pm

ELIMU, Swahili for “Education” or “Knowledge”, originally operated as a community education centre on the Harrow Road servicing Westminster pupils excluded from school or truanting on a regular basis. Since then ELIMU  has gained recognition for its invaluable knowledge of producing award winning costumes for various Carnivals, often in partnership with other artists and artisans.

Learn more about how Elimu has inspired and passed on the heritage of Carnival as Elimu’s Director Ansel Wong gives an exclusive talk at the Black Cultural Archives.
Free, book online or drop in. 

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Brixton Design Trail is a collaborative creative network that provides a platform for showcasing a wealth of homegrown talent during the London Design Festival. The Festival’s mission to place design and creativity in the public realm making it accessible for the whole community to enjoy.  The Brixton Design Trail runs from 16th – 24th September as part of the London Design Festival.

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