Dilston Grove

Dilston Grove
Southwest Corner of Southwark Park
Greater London
SE16 2UA






020 7237 1230

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View of large empty church interior with circular window at the end.

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.

Venue Type:

Architecture centre, Gallery, Heritage site

Opening hours

During an Exhibition:
April - September - 12am - 6pm
October - March - 11am - 4pm
Wed - Sun

Admission charges

Admission free

Additional info

Access: Dilston Grove provides good physical access.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
South London, Exhibition, Kotting and Sinclair, Film


  • 14 November — 14 December 2014 *on now

Clare's delirious march is the catalyst for the project. A great English pilgrimage and a self-enacted novel in the tradition of Pilgrim's Progress.

The walk was documented using pinhole photography and video and has now been edited to form the backdrop of the installation. The artists Nick Gordon Smith, Anonymous Bosch, Philippe Ciompi and Jem Finer as well as the singer Macgillivray and the musician David Aylward have all collaborated in support of the exhibition as well as Alan Moore and Kötting's daughter Eden who has contributed paintings and text in the guise of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz.

For the opening of the installation, Sunday, 9th November there will be a live performance at 3pm. Three other performances will also take place on:

8th December, at Battersea Arts Centre | For full details, please click here

10th December at Colchester Arts Centre | For full details, please click here

11th December at Whitechapel Gallery | For full details, please click here

A feature film will be released in the new year through Soda Pictures.

In 2000 Iain Sinclair set out to recreate Clare's walk away from madness. He wanted to understand his bond with the poet and escape the gravity of his London obsessions. Accompanied on this journey by his wife Anna (who shares a connection with Clare), the artist Brian Catling and magus Alan Moore, Sinclair's quest for Clare becomes an investigation into madness, sanity and the nature of the poet's muse. And this is echoed throughout the installation. His book Edge of the Orison will be made available throughout the exhibition.

Brilliant . . . amusing, alarming and poignant. An elegy for an already lost English landscape. Magnificent and urgent. Robert Macfarlane, Times Literary Supplement.

A sensitive, beautifully rendered portrait . . . a feast, a riddle, a slowly unravelling conundrum . . . a love-letter to British Romanticism. The Independent.

Sinclair walks every inch of his wonderful novels and psychogeographies, pacing out huge word-courses like an architect laying out a city on an empty plain. J. G. Ballard, The Observer.

Suitable for

  • Any age