Borough Road Gallery

Borough Road Gallery

The Borough Road Gallery was built in 2012 in the Borough Road Building of London South Bank University, and is dedicated to showing work from A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection: a collection of paintings and drawings by the artists David Bomberg, Dennis Creffield, Cliff Holden, Thomas Holden, Edna Mann, Dorothy Mead and Miles Richmond .

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During an exhibition, Borough Road Gallery is open:

Wednesday to Friday from 1pm to 5pm

Saturday from 12pm to 5pm

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Fine Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

The Elemental Force of Charcoal: Drawing at the Borough

  • 22 October 2015 — 27 February 2016 *on now

Private View: Thursday 22 October 2015, 6.30-8.30pm. To RSVP please visit the website below.

Drawing is a central element of image making, whatever the medium. David Bomberg was an inspired draughtsman, and drawing formed the foundation of his classes at London South Bank University (then Borough Polytechnic) in the 1940s and 1950s. These classes were attended by a number of young artists including Dennis Creffield, Cliff Holden, Edna Mann, Dorothy Mead and Miles Richmond. Richmond has stated that Bomberg talked mainly about drawing, and held the classical awareness that, “drawing underlies painting as bones underlie the flesh.”[1] It is through drawing that Bomberg fashioned a language of image making capable of both representing and expressing form and mass.

Bomberg’s approach to drawing, and subsequently painting, was a radical turn from the orthodoxy of perspectival drawing practiced in art schools at the time. Rather than drawing which objectified and distanced the subject, students at the Borough were encouraged never to draw at arm’s length, both physically and conceptually. Although commonly used in the life room, in charcoal, Bomberg and his students perhaps found an elemental medium that lent itself to an exploration of visual form that articulated physicality, urgency and sensation.

This selection of drawings from A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection and London South Bank University’s art collection demonstrates the strength of the drawings produced by Bomberg and the Borough Group over a considerable period. The works selected range from some of the earliest in A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection, Sappers (c.1919) and Unknown (1914) by Bomberg, through to the most recent, Jerusalem Wedding (2009) by Dennis Creffield.

Today, drawing is recognised as an immediate means of notation, as well as a primary practice in its own right. Whilst in residence at Borough Road Gallery between December 2014 and February 2015, artist Susan Sluglett (who considers herself a figurative painter), returned to drawing, using charcoal and ink to make new work inspired by A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection. Following the Gallery’s summer exhibition, which included work made by Sluglett alongside works from A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection, this exhibition turns its focus on drawing, which for so many artists, as well as other creative vocations, is a crucial component of their artistic process and practice.

[1] Miles Richmond, 2007, talk given to accompany the exhibition David Bomberg at Boundary Gallery, London

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Benjamin Skinner and Marie Andersen

Late-opening and performances of new dance commissions

  • 26 February 2016 6-8pm

Friday 26 February 2016

Late opening: 6-8pm

Performances will take place in the Gallery between 6.30-7.30pm.

Free entry drop-in event. If you would like to RSVP please visit the Borough Road Gallery website.

For this late opening, two practitioners from the Siobhan Davies Dance, Trinity Laban and Independent Dance Creative Practice MA, Marie Andersen and Benjamin Skinner, have been invited to create new dance works in response to The Elemental Force of Charcoal: Drawing at the Borough. Andersen and Skinner will each respond to the exhibition drawing on their research interests. Andersen’s interest lies in improvisation and the potentialities found in physical interaction, whilst Skinner is interested in investigating the boundary between performance and art, art and artist.

Drawing and dance have a natural affinity, due in part to the play with line, gesture and movement found in both mediums. David Bomberg was influenced by experimental modern dancers early in his career in the 1910s and in 1919 produced an artist book, Russian Ballet, of abstract cubist studies of modern dance. This new dance commission acknowledges the relationship between drawing and dance, and is part of a strand of the Borough Road Gallery programme that invites new creative responses to A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection.

Benjamin Skinner is based in Leeds and works as a freelance dancer, print designer and illustrator. He is currently undertaking the MA Creative Practice programme offered by Siobhan Davies Dance, Independent Dance and Trinity Laban. His studies have given him the opportunity to investigate architecture, mark-making and methods of mapping space whilst remaining curious about materiality and the physicality of the artist. Skinner’s past projects include working as a dancer for the Glyndebourne Opera Festival, as well as a performer for interdisciplinary projects, such as Yolanda Gutiérrez’s Dead Dance Zone at Kampnagel theatre in Hamburg, and Roger Hiorn’s Youth series at The Hepworth Wakefield Gallery.

Marie Andersen is a dance artist, improviser, performer, teacher and researcher who works across the disciplines of contemporary dance, somatic practices and life coaching. Born and raised in Denmark, she has been based in Leeds since her studies at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2005. Marie works freelance as a performer and teacher of dance improvisation in dance and music collective ‘Mathilde’. She co-organises and teaches for the monthly artist-led collective Improvisation Exchange Leeds. She is currently collaborating with Improvisation Exchange Leeds and the Leeds University School of Philosophy on a research project devoted to philosophy and dance improvisation. Marie is a yoga teacher, life coach, and a facilitator of the Liz Lerman Critical Response Process. At the core of her practice is an ongoing investigation into what unites the three practices of dance, yoga and life coaching. The principles they share, including active listening, non-hierarchy and breath, generate the poetics of her creative work. Marie started her MA Creative Practice in 2013 in order to explore and develop this poetics.


Borough Road Gallery
London South Bank University
103 Borough Road
Greater London





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