… multiple ways to read the book and its images

Plates 1—7: Prologue

The artists are moving in, the setting and neighbourhood, historical and current
— seven photographs.

In Context

Fourty–four pages of conversations, factual and other stories, interviews, doodles and a timeline spanning more than 243 years of events loosely connected to artist studios, culture and politics, Bermondsey, London and beyond — by and with Fran Cottell, Philip Ewe, Alastair Frazer, Jonathan Harvey, Ron Henocq, Emily Hussey, Mike Nelson and Naomi Pearce.

Plates 8—147: Tales

Vignettes, reflections, facts and fantasies, portraits, scenes and documents — an attempt to narrate the complex, weird, wonderful, difficult and banal realities of an artists` commune and the space it inhabits for a moment in time.
— a hundred and forty photographs.


Fourty-four pages of meta–information expanding image-based knowledge with critical writing, press releases, emails, research and news.
A directory of 'related plates' offers multiple routes to navigate the book and traces relations between images — discover micro stories, subplots, communalities and typologies.

Plates 148—160: Epilogue

Moving on. The abandoned site, memories, new developments
— thirteen photographs.