Studio Voltaire is the first and only artist-led gallery and studio complex in South West London, offering a service for local residents, schools and community groups that was not previously available.
Founded in 1994, Studio Voltaire actively promotes the production and presentation of contemporary art practice with its Exhibition, Education and Studio Programmes. The organisation is committed to widening access to contemporary practice and to harnessing the arts as a vehicle for further education and learning.
Studio Voltaire provides a much-needed resource of affordable studios to London-based artists. It is our key objective to create a supportive and critical atmosphere to develop diverse artistic practices and help provide career opportunities.
Gallery, Artist studio or collective
- 9 October — 6 December 2015 *on now
Studio Voltaire will present an ambitious new commission by Venezuelan-born, Berlin-based artist Sol Calero.
Stemming from her South American heritage and migration to Europe, Calero’s practice constructs social spaces that investigate themes of cultural representation and national identity. Through her sculptural environments Calero considers how representation is constructed, scrutinising the mediation of the Latino ‘Other’. Her playful installations have previously hosted Salsa classes, a hair and nail salon, and an Internet café.
Calero will work in-residency in the gallery for five weeks, transforming the space with a large-scale architectural installation.
In the late 1800s Studio Voltaire’s main gallery functioned as a Mission Hall and Sunday School, Calero will use this as a point of departure to create an interior based on a school. Her ‘Caribbean style school’ will play host to a number of local groups, a Latin American Art Congress and a series of discursive events on issues surrounding Latin American art, migration and globalisation.
Calero will cover the gallery with her expansive painting practice, using a carefully selected palette and ‘tropical’ visual clichés she will conjure a complete environment. Studio Voltaire’s interior will undergo an unprecedented transformation with an additional mezzanine level added. Calero’s architectural interventions are designed to allow the space to fully function as a social setting. Her playful environments and exotic aesthetics underlie the serious socio-political issues of cultural conformity and the construction of individual and collective identity.
1a Nelson's Row
0207 622 1294