Banner Repeater is an artist led reading room and project space founded by Ami Clarke in 2009, situated on Platform 1, Hackney Downs railway station, London E8 1LA.
It has a reading room dedicated to artists’ printed material that provides an important bibliographic resource for all visitors to BR, alongside an ambitious exhibition programme of new art works in a highly visible and easy-to-access project space.
The project is driven by its location, dedicated to developing critical art in the natural interstice of the platform and an incidental footfall of over 4,000 passengers a day. 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 and the Elephant Trust.