The reading room holds an archive dedicated to artists’ printed material and is home to Publish and be Damned's public library. It provides an important bibliographic resource that all visitors to BR can browse. The bookshop holds a selection of artists' publications for sale.
The project space has an ambitious exhibition programme of new art work installed in a highly visible and accessible location and a vigorous programme of talks, events and performance.
The project is driven by its location, dedicated to developing critical art in the natural interstice the platform and incidental footfall of over 4,000 passengers a day provides. This is achieved by rush-hour opening times that attract commuters, and an open door policy maintained 6 days a week.
The emphasis on multiple points of dissemination, via pamphlets and posters published from the site, and the other free material we distribute, as well as on-line activities, and the siting of the archive of artists’ printed material as a public library; a resource to be utilised by both local community and visitors in a working station environment, remain key.
Banner Repeater is a not-for-profit organisation and has been supported by the ESF Hackney Council, as well as the Arts Council England, the Elephant Trust, the Chelsea Arts Club Trust (2011/12 artist-led space award), and Dr. Rossana Pittelli (specialist in Fine Art) the Italian Cultural Institute.
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We have free wi-fi for anyone wishing to come and use the reading room archive as a place of study.
8 - 11am, tues - thurs
8 - 6pm fri
12 - 6pm sat
12 - 6pm sun (during exhibitions)
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