Brixton Design Trail

(or BDT for short)

Working in partnership with Brixton BID and supported by Lambeth Council, BDT is a model of community placemaking that values culture and heritage, amplifies local talent and contributes to Brixton’s reputation as one of London’s most interesting cultural destinations.

We have a mission to involve as many people as possible in the creative enrichment of our environment; to put design into the everyday, open minds and make the world smile!

About us

Brixton Design Trail (BDT) is a not-for-profit community project based in Brixton, south London. It is a network of multi-disciplinary creatives who seek to improve the social, cultural and economic opportunity for Brixton’s business and residential communities in an innovative creative collaboration of stakeholders.

BDT produces and supports the delivery of art installations, public realm interventions, creative workshops, events and exhibitions designed and owned by the professional and grass roots creative talent from Brixton’s community.

Founded in 2014, Brixton Design Trail’s flagship community project for the London Design Festival showcases the most impactful creative work south of the river, in a takeover of public spaces, restaurants, shops, bars and venues across the town centre. Our yearly theme amplifies the unique creative culture of Brixton and invites London Design Festival visitors to think creatively about global challenges in a local context.

Partners

The Brixton Design Trail is an organisation that depends on a community with huge amounts of enthusiasm and goodwill but key to our success is building strong collaborative partnerships with Brixton’s major stakeholders.

Brixton BID

Brixton’s Business Improvement District (BID) is a not-for-profit collective of local businesses who have come together to create, develop and fund projects that benefit local business and the community in Brixton. It has partnered with BDT since 2016 and provides the group’s core funding.

Lambeth Council

BDT has been working with Lambeth Council since 2015 and as become instrumental in their placemaking agenda, connecting a diverse community of stakeholders through creative collaboration. This model has allowed the local creative sector to find its place of the heart of placemaking in Brixton, supporting authentic cultural enrichment and ensuring the community is an active agent in the process of change.

London Design Festival

Brixton Design Trail has been an LDF partner since inception in 2014. It became a District of the festival in 2016 and this year for the first time we will feature as one of two design routes.

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History

Spontaneous creativity has always shaped Brixton.

In 2009, local artists, entrepreneurs crafters, curators, restauranteurs, foodies and chefs came together to bring a forgotten space back to life.

Together they catalysed Brixton Market as the nucleus of creative energy in Brixton and developed the space as one of London’s most compelling destinations. The Village’s creative energy was quickly harnessed, and Brixton’s unique character was amplified nationally and internationally, attracting visitors and inward investment to the area.

And importantly, the market’s community came together – in the spirit of how the uplift began – to develop significant creative and community-led initiatives, such as ‘We Love Brixton’, a response to the 2011 riots. Over time the group formally became the Brixton Design Trail.