Friends of Burgess Park recently had several inquiries about artworks in the park, via our Facebook and Twitter accounts, which prompted us to take a look ourselves, and find out more! Richard Barton inquired about the artworks in order to include them in an Art Walk around Camberwell (now published in the Camberwell Quarterly here), and during lockdown, staff of the South London Gallery were looking for similar information for a park tour they were designing for their own interest.
So together with Andrea from Art in the Park (based in the Chumleigh Gardens enclave) and Monica from Friends of Burgess Park, we’ve compiled as comprehensive a list as we could muster. As always with these things, they’re a work-in-progress, but we now have details on some 12 of the 15 items we’ve identified so far. Please help us if you have more details on these, or let us know of any we’ve missed.
The list so far is on a permanent page and it covers works ranging in age and style from the 1920 WW1 war memorial outside St George’s Church to the carved tree trunk near the tennis courts, made in 2018. The page has an interactive map you can use to create your own tour of the works, so get out there with your smartphone or tablet and visit as many as you can. They’re all outside (apart from the Children’s Library murals which need a special arrangement to view), so make it your lockdown – and post-lockdown – exercise!