Hackney Downs railway platform transformed into arts hub

A project to transform empty spaces into something meaningful for Hackney residents has seen a railway platform waiting room turned into an artist-run reading room and contemporary arts space.

Supported by the council’s Art in Empty Spaces initiative, Banner Repeater on Platform One at Hackney Downs station is intriguing and engaging many of the 4,000 commuters passing by each day.

The arts programme of exhibitions, events, performance and written material seeks to engage, educate and inspire.

Ami Clarke, artist and founder of Banner Repeater, said: “Artists who exhibit or write for Banner Repeater are interested by its concept and unusual setting, and this often influences the work they produce.

“The response has been fantastic and even though more and more people are becoming familiar with who we are, every day we get a surprised visitor who did not expect to stumble across us on a railway platform.”

The next exhibition, ‘The Map is the Territory,’ opens this Friday (February 17) and looks at how the technology that now drives our world might affect art and artists production.