Bold Tendencies

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Since 2007 the rooftop spaces at Peckham Multi-Storey Car Park have been home to not-for-profit organisation Bold Tendencies which is unique in terms of the rich mix of what it does, and where and how it does it.

Bold Tendencies supports artists to develop their ideas and to realise site-specific projects. We commission new visual art — 114 works have been shown here to date — and produce a live programme of music, dance and opera.

The Live Programme takes place in our covered spaces, deliberately preserving 42,000 sq ft of raw concrete floors and ceilings with panoramic London views.

Bold Tendencies has also commissioned new architecture for the site — Frank’s Cafe in 2009, the Straw Auditorium in 2010, and the Peckham Observatory in 2017.

Bold Tendencies is for everyone. We have welcomed more than 2 million people in 13 summer seasons since 2007. We animate the programme and the site for the neighbourhood through standalone education and community initiatives that take culture and civic values seriously.

Bold Tendencies celebrates the free enjoyment of public space in the city, participation in a rich, experimental programme and open access to this special, spectacular place.

After 10 years Sainsbury’s moved in 1992 to its present location on Dog Kennel Hill. Two years later in 1994 the Rye Lane site was transformed into a cinema – Peckhamplex – which has occupied the space of the former Peckham supermarket ever since. From then on, the adjoining car park infrastructure was underused, eventually disused,  and the top four floors were closed from public access.

Bold Tendencies was started in 2007 with the support and encouragement of Russell Profitt and David Strevens at Southwark Council. The top floors of the car park were reopened to the public as a sculpture exhibition and Bold Tendencies was established as a not-for-profit organisation. It has since developed an annual summer season of site-specific art, new architecture and live events.

In 2017, Bold Tendencies reached an agreement with Southwark Council for a new long-term lease. The car park was taken off the local area redevelopment plan, solidifying the cultural status of the building for years to come and guaranteeing Bold Tendencies a secure future in its home in these unique spaces.


Chief Executive
Hannah Barry (she/her)

Hannah Barry studied History of Art at the University of Cambridge and started her work in Peckham in 2006. She founded Bold Tendencies as a not for profit project in 2007. She is on the Board of Artangel and on the Serpentine Contemporary Council. She sat on the Mayor of London’s Night Time Commission (2017-18) and was Founding Co-Chair of the Chinati Contemporary Council in Marfa, Texas (2013).

Managing Director
Diana Cordoba Barrios (she/her)

Diana studied at the Universidad de las Americas Puebla, Mexico. From 2006 she worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice where she became an Intern Coordinator, running the prestigious Guggenheim Internship Programme. She was selected by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation to run the USA Pavilion for the 53rd and 54th Art Venice Biennale. She designed and delivered educational programmes with USA Pavilion partner museums including Indianapolis Museum of Art, Ponce Museum, Puerto Rico, Bronx Museum of Art, New York.

Site and Production Manager
Tom Kelly (he/him)

A graduate of Royal Academy of Music specialising in performance (cello), Tom has always had a passion for live events whether on stage or off. Tom began freelancing in 2010 as a Stage and Production Manager for a variety of concert halls and production companies in London, including Kings Place, Roundhouse and Spitalfields Music. This led to taking on the role of Orchestral Manager for The Multi-Story Orchestra in 2015 before joining the Bold Tendencies team as Site and Production Manager in 2016. In 2020 Tom brought the responsibility of Safeguarding Officer into his role.

Artist Liaison
Charlie Mills (he/him)

Charlie Mills is a curator and writer based in South East London. Since 2017 he has worked as Artist Liaison for Bold Tendencies and Hannah Barry Gallery. His independent curation has included TRANSGENESIS (2021); A Land of Incomparable Beauty (2020); ABSINTHE §1 – §3 (2019 – 2020); Slap Dash for No Cash (2018); and The Unlimited Dream Company (2017 – 2018). Charlie writes exhibition texts and catalogue essays for a number of UK-based galleries and artists, and conducts regular artists interviews for a number of online publications. Charlie is a founding member of Collective Ending HQ, a collectively run gallery and studio complex in Deptford, South East London.

Visitor Services and Art Trainee Coordinator
Jerusha Morgan (she/her)

Jerusha Morgan has worked for over a decade in health, wellbeing and creative education. With qualifications in fine art, psychology and a degree in Contemporary Education she has a light hearted, creative and intuitive approach to leading community work and youth outreach. After a five year stint with the Alzheimer’s Society she expanded into freelance work facilitating workshops in schools and delivering a range of community fitness and engagement projects. Currently Jerusha has a Visitor Services role and is coordinating the Art Trainee Programme at Bold Tendencies.



Helen Newman

Helen is a lawyer with a city background and reputation for advising clients in the luxury, fashion and art sectors on the creation, protection, exploitation, monetisation of and international deals centred on intellectual property rights.  Previously international head of IP, Competition and Projects at Simmons & Simmons, partner at CMS Cameron McKenna Navarro Olswang and director of Stella McCartney Limited since its foundation.

Tom Dingle

Tom is Senior Director at Thomas Dane Gallery, he joined the gallery in 2009 and works across the gallery’s activities supporting artists and working with clients. Previously Tom produced artists’ projects independently (specialising in moving image) and as part of the team at Artangel.

Zia Zareem-Slade

Zia is Chief Creative Officer at Hauser & Wirth. Previously Customer Experience Director at Fortnum & Mason, overseeing all aspects of the creative and strategic agenda of the brand, and Head of Online at Selfridges. She is an Ambassador for Rooprai Spinal Trust, and holds a non-executive role for Marcus Lipton Youth Trust.

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