James Edgar (b1978) and Sam Walker (b1986) met when they were students on the MA fine art course at Camberwell College of Arts. Walker has worked in gallery spaces in London, managing curating and setting up shows, and Edgar has many years experience in printing and publishing, and runs the letterpress studio at Camberwell College of Art.
While they were students, Edgar and Walker researched art spaces in New York and London, looking at the different ways they were operated, in terms of finance, collaboration and creative community. The pair collaborated on their MA show, producing a gallery space within the exhibition, and while they also make work individually, they graduated together as Edgar-Walker in 2013.
Assembly Point, London, exterior view, 2018. Photograph: Martin Kennedy.
Studio International visited Edgar-Walker at Assembly Point, the contemporary arts space they co-founded in Peckham, south London in 2013, and heard about the ideas behind their enterprise, the people involved and the many and varied events and ventures associated with it, from studios to book launches and publishing, gallery exhibitions, performances and the sale of limited-edition artworks.
Edgar-Walker have built a wonderful creative hub, a supportive community for the artists who have studios on site, and – very rare in our current social and financially troubled times – a place that celebrates and encourages creative practice, particularly supporting artists whose work has not yet been widely exhibited. There is much to be celebrated in the magnificent environment of Assembly Point, and south London is richer for this substantial and important arts space.
Interview by MK PALOMAR
Filmed by MARTIN KENNEDY