For those who have a passion for art London is a treasure trove waiting to be explored. It has been home to some of the greatest artists over time and the art galleries of London house some of the finest European art creations. From Dutch Masters to the best of modern and contemporary art, there is an incredible amount of art found in the galleries and museums of London. South London is one such area that is replete with some of the best galleries in the city. While some have been in the borough for a long while newer venues have popped up over the years. They have helped to promote a love and appreciation for art among the locals and visitors to the area.
If you plan a trip then staying at a central location will offer the best access to the city’s top galleries. The West End hotels are a good option both in terms of location and prices.
The Piccadilly London West End is a good choice of accommodation with great facilities and budget friendly prices. It also is relatively close to some of the best art galleries in South London such as:
South London Gallery: Located in Peckham, The South London Gallery opened in 1891 and initially named as the South London Fine Art Gallery and Library. The purpose of setting up the gallery was to promote a love for the arts among the people in the area. It is one of the most influential venues in the contemporary art scene in the borough. There is no admission fee to visit the gallery, which displays art creations by upcoming artists and established artists from Britain and across the world. It hosts a number of public exhibitions all through the year all of which are free to attend.
GX Gallery: Located in Camberwell, the venue is in a Grade II listed property with several other art galleries and institutes in close proximity. Spread across two floors the gallery showcases contemporary art creations. Some of the artists whose works have been on display here include Michael Sole, Stefano Paliocchi and Ed Gray among other notable names. They also play host to various events where students of leading art schools of the city showcases their exhibits. The gallery is actively engaged with printers, photographers and artists and offers them a platform to display their creativity.
Gasworks: The gallery partners with Triangle network and known for its innovative and experimental art exhibits. The partnership makes it possible for art centres and artists to collaborate exchange ideas and share skills etc. The gallery has promoted both local and international artists and offered a platform to many new talents. They host a good variety of exhibits all through the year and visitors can actually witness artists in the process of creation. Along with exhibitions a number of workshops and seminars are also hosted at the venue. The highlight is the four prominent exhibitions held every year.
CGP London: The gallery was created in the 1980s thanks to the concerted efforts of the Bermondset Artists Group. There are two venues Dilston Grove in Southwark Park and Cafe Gallery. The venue has strived to promote art via a series of programmes, exhibitions and events at different parts of the year. Some of the artists whose works have been on exhibit at CGP include Gailia Kollectiv and David Blandy among others. The other venue of Dilston Grove is rather unique as it was formerly the location of Clare Mission Church. Now the stunning Gothic property serves as an exhibition venue for art installations and avant-garde art creations.
Flat Time House: One of the most attractive features of the gallery is its dual exhibit of two book replicas in the window at the front. The exhibit commemorates John Latham who was conceptual artist who used to stay in the house. While the venue has a vast collection of his creations it also houses contemporary art creations of various other artists. The gallery is progressive in its approach and runs a collaborative art journal named NOIT in partnership with Camberwell Press. There are several academic and art projects also conducted by the gallery. The venue hosts both permanent and temporary exhibits all year long.
Gerald Moore Gallery: The Gerald Moore Gallery instituted in 2012, developed due to the efforts of Eltham College in the south east of the city. The college’s objective of setting up the art gallery was to make its own contribution to the local contemporary art scene. Surrounded by an academic setting, art programmes are held for people of various age groups. The gallery also works in partnership with SLNAT (South London Network of Artist Teachers) to share the latest best practices in the art world. There are a number of art exhibitions hosted all through the year and there is no admission charge.
Knight Webb Gallery: An abstract artist – Rufus Knight-Webb, created one of the newer additions to the London art scene, the eponymously named gallery in 2012. The venue has an eclectic art schedule of diverse artists from across the world. Its location just opposite Brixton Village provides it with convenient access to some of the best local artists of the area. It features the works of numerous artists of a wide range of artistic mediums from street art to sculptures. Some of the top painters and artists whose works have been shown here include Vivien Zhang, Juliane Hundertmark and Adjani. The gallery works tirelessly to promote the art scene of Brixton and provide an opportunity to new and upcoming talents.
Danielle Arnaud Gallery: Located in a stately Georgian house, the gallery houses a fine collection of contemporary art. The gallery offers visitors a unique one-of-a-kind experience with art creations on display in a house rather than in a formal setting of an art gallery. Quite unlike the usual settings experienced at other galleries, it makes for an interesting and innovative experience of appreciating art. It features works of new artists from across the contemporary art world.