I have had the pleasure of reading on the most comfortable book bed in the world! And after some much needed time on a bookbed, I have decided to tell you all about it whilst writing on a giant book table…
A good friend and fellow bookbinder had recommended me a fantastic show simply titled ‘Bookbed’ at the Art Gallery Peckham Platform. With collaboration of both Peckham Library and contemporary artist Ruth Beale the exhibition explores how books live alongside us through our libraries, their cultural significance and the idea of public spaces becoming ‘collective’.
An impressive book shaped bed greets visitors who are invited to lie down and engage with the space. The contents pages are made with comfortable duvets and the text beautifully embroidered, accompanied by a giant table and bookshelves to create a sense of play that encourages visitors to interact with the space.
The show demonstrates how libraries can be practical, conceptual and collaborative spaces where communities can re-define our public resources; a great approach to saving our libraries during a time of financial rigidity. The Public Library Movement in Britain of the 60’s was revolutionary for education, and it is important for libraries to remain in our communities and evolve with us.
Experience the show for yourself! It is an irresistibly playful and fun exhibition that provides an insight into how communities have power with public resources. The show is open until 23/03/14 so swing by and enjoy this learning playground!
89 Peckham High street
London SE15 5RS