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 — 13 February 2016

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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Walking Tour: Dennis Creffield at James Hyman, Miles Richmond at Messum's, and David Bomberg and his students at Waterhouse & Dodd

  • 12 October 2015 6-7:30pm

This is a free event. To book your ticket please visit the website below.

This walking tour is a special opportunity for Borough Road Gallery audiences to see works by Dennis Creffield at James Hyman, Miles Richmond at Messum’s, and David Bomberg and his students at Borough Polytechnic at Waterhouse & Dodd, and receive a short introduction to the exhibition from each gallerist.

Dennis Creffield. Paintings of Innocence and Experience explores the diversity of Creffield’s paintings, presenting a range of works – both celebrated and exhibited for the first time – from across seven decades, from Creffield’s days in Bomberg’s classes at London South Bank University (then Borough Polytechnic), through to more recent work. Messum’s exhibition – their second exhibition of work by Miles Richmond – focuses on Richmond’s ‘intensely chromatic style’; works include one of Richmond’s earliest Ronda landscapes, and two works that relate to Richmond’s 1999 mural, London from the South Bank. David Bomberg and his students at the Borough Polytechnic focuses on the artists who attended Bomberg’s evening classes at Borough Polytechnic in the 1940s and 50s; artists in this exhibition include David Bomberg, Leon Kossoff, Dorothy Mead, Cliff Holden, Miles Richmond, Dennis Creffield, Susanna Richmond, Anthony Hatwell, Lilian Bomberg, and Leslie Marr.

The tour will begin at 6pm at James Hyman, 16 Savile Row, London, W1S 3PL, and end with drinks at Waterhouse & Dodd. The galleries are based 5 minutes walk from Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus, and the walk between each gallery takes under 5 minutes.

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  • Any age



Drawing a Line between the Historic and the Contemporary: The Big Draw at Borough Road Gallery and Beaconsfield

  • 30 October 2015 4:30-7pm

The event will begin at 4.30pm at Borough Road Gallery, London South Bank University, 103 Borough Road, SE1 0AA. The group will then take a short 15-20 minute walk down the road to Beaconsfield, 22 Newport Street, Vauxhall, London, SE11 6AY, where the event will continue, with the next workshop beginning at 6pm. There is also a bus route that goes directly between the two sites if required. The second workshop will be followed by drinks at Beaconsfield until 8.30pm. Both workshops are suitable for all abilities and materials are provided.

As part of The Big Draw 2015, Borough Road Gallery and Beaconsfield invite you to come and get your hands dirty in an event exploring historic and contemporary drawing.

The event will begin at Borough Road Gallery with a drawing workshop led by Borough Road Gallery Artist in Residence 2014/15, Susan Sluglett in response to the exhibition The Elemental Force of Charcoal: Drawing at the Borough. Sluglett was in residence from December 2014 to February 2015 making new work inspired by A David Bomberg Legacy – A Sarah Rose Collection, a collection of over 150 works by David Bomberg and the Borough Group. During her Artist Residency, Sluglett found herself drawing on a daily basis, returning to charcoal and ink; it is through these mediums that Sluglett first began to weave new stories and narratives around this collection of works.

The group will then move to Beaconsfield to continue working with artist Sophie Bouvier Ausländer in response to Harnessing the Wind. Harnessing the Wind arrests, for the space of an exhibition, the imaginations of four artists working in a range of mediums: painting, sculpture, video, social media, sound, public engagement – and memory. For this exhibition, artist Sophie Bouvier Ausländer has built a sculptural work on site that dwells on the destructive force of wind, imagining populations propelled by one wind of change into the eye of another storm.

The Big Draw is an international celebration of drawing that takes place across numerous countries annually in the month of October. The Big Draw programme is mainly free, with drawing activities for all ages and abilities that aim to connect people with museums, outdoor spaces, artists, and each other. The theme of the 2015 Big Draw is Every Drawing Tells A Story.

South London Art Map (SLAM) Last Fridays is a monthly late-night opening of galleries in south London, on the last Friday of the month.

Borough Road Gallery is a public gallery based at London South Bank University. Its exhibition and public programme uses A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection as a resource and inspiration. Exhibitions and residencies are animated by talks, newly commissioned texts, workshops and events, as well as new oral history recordings and a growing Digital Archive. For further details about The Elemental Force of Charcoal: Drawing at the Borough (23 October 2015 – 13 February 2016) and details of all accompanying events please visit

Beaconsfield remains a unique, non-profit, politically engaged, artist-led entity, placing equal emphasis on audiences and artists. Founded as an educational charity in 1994 with the desire to fill a niche between the institution, the commercial and the ‘alternative’, Beaconsfield’s reputation rests on the staging of an influential programme of commissions (beacons) in a range of art mediums (field). The organisation’s function as a
primary research vehicle is particularly notable for pioneering developments in time-based, political and sound art as well as curatorial practice. For more information please visit

Susan Sluglett is a contemporary painter, whose gestural and expressive work explores narratives and plays with traditions and rituals, touching upon human nature and histories. Sluglett was awarded the Jerwood Painting Fellowship in 2013 and is the winner of the 2016 New Greenham Open.

Sophie Bouvier Ausländer is represented internationally and is frequently commissioned for public art works in her home country Switzerland. Her most recent project Ways of Worldmaking is an open library commissioned in 2013 by the Etat de Vaud, Switzerland for a new college in Renens (VD) in collaboration with architects Dettling Péléraux and will be completed in 2016.

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





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