Banner Repeater

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Banner Repeater is an artist run reading room and project space, on Hackney Downs railway station, Dalston Lane, London, E8 1LA, UK. A "banner repeater" is a type of railway signal used in Great Britain.

The project is driven by its location within a working station environment, developing critical art in the public realm, in the natural interstice the platform and incidental footfall of over 4,000 passengers a day provides.

The reading room holds a collection of artist's books and other printed material, for both browsing and purchase. The permanent collection is home to Publish And Be Damned's public library.

The project space arts programme, of exhibitions, events and performance, publishes pamphlets and posters, which are free to take away from the library trolley on the platform, and when closed from a box outside the reading room.

Banner Repeater is open from 8-11am Tuesday to Thursday, to target the early morning commuters, as well as more usual gallery hours of 8am- 6pm on Friday and 12-6pm over the weekend.[1]

The project has been supported for the first year by an Empty Shop Fund grant from the local government initiative, Art in Empty Spaces [2] 2010, and an Arts Council England grant for the arts programme 2010-11.

Banner Repeater is one of a series of projects supported by Hackney Council [3] intended to bring empty shops and premises back to life. The projects are financed by central government funding awarded to the Council for the first year, and are to provide activities that will benefit Hackney's residents and visitors. [4]

Reading Room[edit]

The archive of artists printed material is a permanent browsing library, to be used as a resource by visitors, and includes Publish and be Damned’s public library .

The archive is an on-going and accumulative project, and is contributed to individually by artists as well as publishers working closely with artists, and artist run galleries who share an interest in the artist produced publication.

There are thousands of contributions from many different independent publishers, and self-publishing artists such as: Book Works, Matt's Gallery, MOT gallery, Chelsea Space, Vilma Gold, Four Corners Books, IMT Gallery, FormContent,, Gagarin, Gandt, Use this Kind of Sky, MONO, Monaco, the paper, Lubok Verlag, the Happy Hypocrite, MOUSSE, Hatos Press, Woodmill studios, David Garcia studios, Ambit, FOLIO, the Semina series, the Institute of Social Hypocrisy.

An on-line archive represents the thousands of artists held in the browsing library at Banner Repeater, as a searchable index on the website.

The website has an online shop selling much of the material to be found in the bookshop including many hard to find artists books.

Project Space[edit]

The project space runs an innovative arts programme that includes exhibitions, events and performance, and shares many ideas relating to publishing, with regards to the distribution and dissemination of material.

The programme hosts a series of talks by artists, writers, and theoreticians, that are open to all. A selection of these are hosted on the website.

A reading group regularly meets at the reading room and project space with an interest in artists printed material, commissioning artists readings throughout the year.

The publishing forum and critical framework group, that meet once a month, are peer-led and publish an annual critical journal from Banner Repeater.

Art-works, developed by artists working at Banner Repeater are available to download for free from the website.


The website has been archived by the British Library Web Archiving Programme 2011 [5]


  1. ^ "Banner Repeater - About". Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  2. ^ Hackney Council local government: Art in Empty Spaces, (dedicated website), projects: Banner Repeater.
  3. ^ Hackney Council government website.
  4. ^ Hackney Council local government: Art In Empty Spaces (dedicated website).
  5. ^ The Web Archiving Programme collects, makes accessible and preserves web resources of scholarly and cultural importance from the UK domain. This site was archived for preservation by the British Library. 9.2.2011.

External links[edit]

  • [1] Banner Repeater's official website.
  • [2] Frieze issue 137: Light Writing at Banner Repeater. March 2011.
  • [3] The Guardian: London city guide, 10 of the best arts venues in north London. May 2011.
  • [4] Jotta: One to One/One to Many: Dave Charlesworth at Banner Repeater, July 2011.
  • [5] BBC Radio 4, Isaac Juliens guide to artists film-making, January 2010.
  • [6] Banner Repeater at Hackney Downs: Light Writing. December 2010
  • [7] The Economist: Pop-up, up and away. November 2010.
  • [8] Jotta. Article on Banner Repeater. November 2010
  • [9] Hackney Council, Art in Empty Spaces website.
  • [10] Hackney Council local government website: Art in Empty Spaces.