Posted: 30 Oct 2017
Category: Area Guide
A round-up of the top 10 contemporary galleries in South London
South London is a vital part of the London contemporary art scene and has a wide range of established and new galleries. We’ve compiled a list of the best galleries south of the river.
*EDITOR’S CHOICE* South London Gallery
A well-loved and established player in the South London art scene, the South London Gallery in Peckham has been around for over 125 years. The gallery organises a wide-range of contemporary art exhibitions and events in a variety of mediums, from photography to performance art. The gallery is publicly funded, so all exhibitions are free.
Address: 65-67 Peckham Road, Peckham, SE5 8UH
Telephone: 020 7703 6120
Situated in a Grade II listed building, the GX Gallery sits close to The Camberwell Arts College, South London Art Gallery and Goldsmith College, making it an epicentre for contemporary art. GX features regular exhibitions of both up-and-coming and established artists and is well worth a visit.
Address: 43 Denmark Hill, Camberwell, SE5 8RS
Telephone: 020 7703 8396
Gerald Moore Gallery
A hidden gem on the South London art scene is the Gerald Moore Gallery. Established in 2012, the gallery sits within the grounds of Eltham College and has a strong emphasis on educating children and adults to explore and push the boundaries of art.
Address: Mottingham Lane, Mottingham, SE9 4RW
Telephone: 020 8857 0448
Since opening its doors in 2003, Bearspace has built traction in the London art scene through its focus on nurturing a wide range of up-and-coming artists. As such, this small space is one-to-watch for pioneering exhibitions that push the boundaries.
Address: 152 Deptford High Street, Deptford, SE8 2PQ
Telephone: 020 8694 8097
Sat in one of London’s most artistically happening neighbourhoods, this independent gallery is highly revered for championing emerging artists. Exhibitions here are always thought-provoking and showcase an eclectic mix of artistic mediums including photography, print, sculpture and installation.
Address: 29 Dockhead, Bermondsey, SE1 2BS
Telephone: 020 7231 3141
Knight Webb Gallery
This distinctive Brixton-based gallery was established in 2012 by the abstract painter Rufus Knight-Webb. The gallery represents established and emerging artists and prides itself on showing a varied roster of work from artists from different genders and cultures.
Address: 54 Atlantic Road, Brixton, SW9 8PZ
Telephone: 020 7274 1793
It would be criminal to showcase the best contemporary art galleries and not feature the Tate Modern. This stalwart on the art scene is dedicated to increasing the general public’s interest and passion for art. The Tate does this through talks, lectures, events and exhibitions. One exhibition not to miss is the “Red Star Over Russia: A Revolution in Visual Culture, 1905-1955” launching on 8th November, 2017.
Address: Bankside, SE1 9TG
Telephone: 020 7887 8888
This South London gallery is a dynamic hub of contemporary art and features exhibitions, lectures and events such as the Winter Open Studios, which opens in December 2017.
Address: 155 Vauxhall Street, Vauxhall, SE11 5RH
Telephone: 020 7587 5202
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