Prism Contemporary Gallery, 14 Lord Street West on Friday 31 January 2020,
Peepers is a pop-up event which through the use of memory and imagination aims to archive a cultural scene in Blackburn from nearly 30 years ago. A youth rock disco called ‘Peepers’ that was located in the basement of a property on Richmond Terrace/Museum Street.
In response to the collective memory of an online community of people who used to attend Peepers in the 1970’s and 80’s, local artist Christian Bell has re-imagined a place in time and is inviting its old attendees to an event which remembers and imagines Peepers.
The original building was demolished years ago, so for one night the Peepers pop-up will take over the Prism Contemporary Gallery, 14 Lord Street West on Friday 31 January 2020, 7pm-10pm.
To help set the scene, DJ and original attendee of ‘Peepers’ Jo Duxbury will provide a classic soundtrack of Rush, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Van Halen and guests will be offered coca cola and Lilt and familiarized with sensory elements of ‘Peepers’, all in a backdrop of UV lighting and psychedelic murals.
Christian explains; “This is part of a broader research project I am working on which aims to celebrate the cultural heritage of Blackburn. I connected with a whole community of people who used to go to Peepers and was inspired by the nostalgia they have for the people, music, fashion, art and atmosphere of the place. The pop-up event will bring Peepers back for one night, but will also help me to archive memories and ensure the significance of Peepers is not forgotten.”
Delivered in partnership with Prism Gallery and the Townscape Heritage Project, the event will also be used to generate discussion about the culture and leisure offer people would like to see in Blackburn today.
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