Flo Brooks Inner Bark Out

New public art in Clapham

New public art in Clapham

Installation tells the story of Clapham Common’s history

The story of Clapham Common has inspired a new piece of public artwork by Flo Brooks. Inner Bark Out, situated in Bedford Road, looks at the Common as a place of gathering, exploring the social, political and ecological aspects of the space. The work includes references to LGBTQIA+ and feminist histories associated with Clapham Common such as Divine performing at the Alternative Miss World beauty pageant in 1978; The Women’s Peace Camp protesting nuclear weapons in 1983; the safer cruising campaigns of the 1990s organised by OutRage; and the third ever Pride which took place on the Common in 1997.

The artwork also features heritage sites, including the Holy Trinity Church, ‘the Cock Pond’ and Temperance Fountain, a sculpture erected by the Temperance Society in 1895.

The commission forms part of the Clapham Public Realm Programme produced by Studio Voltaire in partnership with This is Clapham BID.