Former park cafe refurbished by the Bermondsey Artists' Group (Est.1984) to provide a purpose built art gallery and educational facility within Southwark Park.
April - September - 12am - 6pm
October - March - 11am - 4pm
Wed - Sun
Closed: Mon Tues
The gallery provides good physical access and facilities, however if you have any particular access requirements please contact the gallery before your visit. Assistance dogs welcome.Full disabled access.
BETWEEN THOUGHT AND SPACE
- 8 May — 7 June 2015 *on now
Dilston Grove is a unique historic site to engage with: a deconsecrated Italianate chapel built by Clare College, Cambridge in 1911, one of the first in-situ poured concrete structures built in the UK, and now, a dynamic exhibition venue. The building has qualities that typify Modernism and the Post-Industrial age; its austere bunker-like structure reminiscent of the process of mould-making, and its physical effect on ambient temperature are felt viscerally as well as through the intellect. The building is in some liminal state, between things, between histories, almost a ruin, yet physically resilient and as such reflects the ethos of the project.
Propositions will broaden the possibilities of what can be described as content or curating. Work includes the choreographic tracing of the building's exterior as a form of measure, the depiction of structures that imagine the building's construction and near destruction, and interpretations of the building's social uses over time through sculpture, live performance and sound.
As an exhibition, Between Thought and Space explores the democratic potential of site-research. Ongoing exchange and dialogue has enabled individuals to resist conclusions or rest upon 'what they would normally do' in order to respond more collectively to Dilston Grove, their work building directly upon the knowledge and esteem of a site vital within the area for over 100 years.
Ongoing live performances and re-positioning of works within the space throughout the exhibition, as well as an in-conversation will take place at the Architectural Association (AA) on 15 May 2015 between architectural historian Professor Jane Rendell and Sally Shaw, Head of Programmes, Modern Art Oxford, and previously Curator of Art on the Underground. This will be a discussion of the value of interdisciplinary collaboration and the creative, critical and even democratic potential of site-research, in relation to the contexts of both the Dilston Grove exhibition and contemporary practice in general.
- Any age
POLITICS OF AMNESIA II
- 20 May — 21 June 2015 *on now
In Part 2 of this two-part exhibition that looks at past trauma through the conduit of technology (Part 1 was at the Cafe Gallery in 2012), the technology is itself now presented as implicated in that very trauma it is representing. These artists look at the psyche of the body politic and reveal a condition of disquiet and concern through an interest in, or reference to that technology. Rather like the little girl in the film Poltergeist, they discern the faint echoes of failed past utopias through the technological notion of ‘progress’. However, here the sense of loss is ours, confronted with this spectacle, where that conduit is no longer neutral, but demands/commands our attention. Through its encroachment on our understanding narrative is interrupted, skewed, and not to be trusted. Like Walter Benjamin's angel, these artists look to the future by facing the past, witnessing "the storm we call progress" through a medium insistent on recycling of the present.
- Any age
centre of Southwark Park
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