On Tuesday the 6th of November ‘What’s Up Southbank” opened at the LCC Studio on the top floor of Elephant & Castle shopping center. The exhibition constitutes of 40 years of images and videos that were taken at the undercroft in the Southbank center. The works include contributions from Grey Skate Mag, Mike O’Meally and archive footage from 80’s skate mag ‘Read and Destroy’ (R.A.D).
There were drinks offered to us on arrival and a designated space to leave our skateboards. The sound of 25 pairs of trainers scuttling around this wooden floor was nothing short of unsettling, the space could have done with a soundtrack. The layout is clean and organised, the walls are covered with mainly black and white prints. For any skater, bmx rider or graffiti artist the images selected are rich in culture.
The variety of images was great, from seventies surfstyle to big technical ledge tricks, it was all on display. There was also a video presentation with lots of footage of the undercroft that I personally hadn’t seen. This also included some unseen footage of Mark Gonzalez and Tom Penny. A cabinet included original R.A.D mag editions from the late 80’s which all had Southbank features.
The exhibit is a testament to Southbank’s rich history. It shows the undercrofts journey, becoming home to new skaters and new tags on the walls. The Long Live South Bank charity are still seeking to raise money in order to open up the underfcoft and once again reveal the original space that once stood. After all you can’t move history.