The Blue Market

The Blue is the heart of Bermondsey with a history spanning many centuries. The name comes from the Blue Anchor pub which is depicted in ancient form on a map of the area, dating back to 1695.

It's a unique place which cannot be found on any map but is arbitrarily defined by a five-minute walk in any direction from the Blue Market. London's first railway terminal at Spa Road in the 1830's brought commerce to the area, clock work and food manufacturing flourished and becoming known as London's larder with over two hundred stalls lining the road.

In recent times the Blue Market continues to play a central role in bonding this increasingly diverse community together and on market days it is animated by people going about their daily business engaging in small important social interactions that strengthen a constantly evolving local identity which comprises an ever-changing web of global culture.

Frog Morris and Daren Callow

Frog Morris is a performance artist and also works as an artist, curator, comedian, designer, stage manager, magic lanternist and bingo caller. He studied Graphic Fine Art at Kent Institute of Art and Design in Canterbury and Masters of Fine Art at Goldsmiths College. He has created live art for Tate Modern, Barbican, The Royal Academy, Turner Contemporary, BFI, Whitstable Biennale, Whitechapel Gallery, South London Gallery, Edinburgh Fringe and many others. He is currently involved in developing a number of community projects in South London including an ongoing series of live events and community art workshop for Bermondsey Blue.

Daren Callow can be seen playing guitar with Dare To Be Charlie and Alan Reed & the Daughters of Expediency. In total his work in bands and as a solo artist covers over 30 years and he has shared the stage with such acts as Travis, The Specials, Gang Of Four, Half Man Half Biscuit, Gene, David Devant & His Spirit Wife and Comsat Angels.  As a roadie he has toured the UK, Europe, Canada and USA with acts including The Pet Shop Boys, Katie Melua and Russell Watson. Daren is also a writer and voice actor and his first book ‘Tales of New Albion’ is out now.

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Frog Morris and Daren Callow

The Blue Market