Bringing the fun back to Tooting Market and Granville Arcade, Brixton – the Queen of the High Street blog celebrates the ladies from The Brickbox
Originally posted on Queen of the High Street:
I first encountered them when I was helping Spacemakers turn Brixton’s Granville Arcade into something more interesting, and their company The Brickbox was at the heart of that. While other people brought new market stalls, food shops and fashion boutiques to the rundown 1930s building that was originally London’s Jewish market, The Brickbox brought the fun. I met them later, while I was working on the Pop Up People project, working in Tooting Market. Again, they were rather unmissable in the way they brought polite anarchy, naked creativity, sideways thinking and a burlesque brashness to a space that had seen better days.
Barrett – an artist who has worked at the Brighton Festival, LIFT, Bradford Mela, Shunt Vaults and the ICA – is a big, loud, tattooed presence wherever she is. She’s tough, takes no nonsense, but is incredibly lovable. Her brassiness would make her a perfect East End pub landlady. In a market, amongst the traditional calls of the (mainly male) traders, she is a perfect fit.