Emily Druiff is the Executive Director of Peckham Platform, leading it from its' creation in 2009 as Peckham Space to its' transition this year into a new charity. During this time she has secured the influential endorsement of securing National Portfolio Organisation status from Arts Council England. Her knowledge and belief in the power of social arts practice to make contemporary art more relevant to people’s every day lives is what drives the curatorial vision for the organisation. She looks forward to realising the new expanded mission – to create meaningful and accessible social arts practice for Peckham and beyond. The gallery is a really important creative resource for the local community, including the Open Exhibition which is open to anyone connected with Peckham. This exhibition runs from 29 November to 20 December.
In your professional life, what is the single best thing about what you do?
I love supporting artists to realise new and ambitious social art works that engage meaningfully with people and locations. I am also passionate about providing an accessible arts venue in Peckham with high calibre contemporary art that is relevant to the area.
Do you have a creative hero / heroine and if so, why?
My creative heroes have to include Marina Abramović, Gustav Metzger and Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Maria Lind amongst many many others including most of the artists that I have had the privileged to work with!
What piece of advice do you wish you had been given at the beginning of your career?
To ask for help. To work with people who have complimentary skills to you. To be as ambitious as you can be while keeping it real.
If you hit a creative block, what is your top tip for getting through it?
Go and talk to an artist, go for a walk, take a break and don't look at a computer.
And finally, for fun, if you were a shoe, what type of shoe would you be and why?
Probably a Dr Martin with a sturdy soul and some firm structure for security.