Southwest Corner of Southwark Park
020 7237 1230
Dilston Grove is the former Clare College Mission Church on the Southwest corner of Southwark Park and is Grade II listed. Designed by architects Sir John Simpson and Maxwell Ayrton, it was built in 1911 and is one of the earliest examples of poured concrete construction.
Today, Dilston Grove represents London's only large-scale raw space regularly available to artists.
Architecture centre, Gallery, Heritage site
During an Exhibition:
April - September - 12am - 6pm
October - March - 11am - 4pm
Wed - Sun
Access: Dilston Grove provides good physical access.
THE MECHANICAL GARDEN AND OTHER LONG ENCORES
- 21 September — 26 October 2014 *on now
The Mechanical Garden and Other Long Encores takes a speculative diagram drawn by the late artist Stephen Cripps as its starting point. Over a period of two months, this is re-imagined by emerging artists Ben Burgis, Stuart Middleton and Richard Sides as an immersive site-specific installation at Dilston Grove.
A pyrotechnic sculptor and musician, Cripps lived and worked in the riverside studios of Butlers Wharf, Bermondsey. His 'Mechanical Garden' drawing depicted an assemblage of scrap metal, broken machinery and other found objects reworked into a sculpted garden complete with mechanical flowerbeds, viewing platforms and water features. Thirty-two years after his death in 1982, this project re-interprets this unrealised work as an immersive installation of kinetic structures and acoustic interventions to engage with the garden as motif and metaphor, exploring its relationship to the gallery as a space of private contemplation, publicly shared.
The project sees contemporary artists, writers and musicians channel the spirit of Cripps' antagonistic, spontaneous practice to create a sensory experience that contemplates the politics of ephemeral practices, the nature of creative influence and the city as artist's muse.
This collaborative installation will be activated with live music and performance featuring Alina Astrova, Ashkelon, Anne Bean & Richard Wilson, Bruce Gilbert and Anne Imhof. An audio guide – part soundtrack, part oral history – will also expand on the themes explored within the project and will be available to download online in the lead-up to the exhibition.
- Any age