ASC Gallery


ASC Gallery has moved to its new venue just off East street market.Se17 from its previous venue on Blackfriars road.It runs a series of 5 exhibitions annually with artist talks and workshops linked to shows.
The first show here is by artists Ian Dawson and Louisa Minkin titled Taplow House.They will present results from their own partial exavacation of 30 year old dormant shop units on the Heygate Estate where the gallery is situated.For 10 days in the summer of 2014 they mapped these long dead shops and in ASCs newly refurbished gallery fragments of these time capsules will form the foundation of their installation.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

monday to friday.9.30am to 5.30pm

Admission charges

Please check

Getting there

By train to elephant and castle.By bus 136,343,42,176,12.

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

Rae Hicks | Real Life

  • 11 June — 12 August 2016 *on now

Private View | Friday 10 June | 6-9pm

This exhibition brings together a collection of new works by Rae Hicks, which attempt to utilise a connection between themselves and the gallery’s potential as a retail showroom or sales floor, drawing on leftover characteristics from its former life as entrance to a large car park.

Commercial design tropes such as those in property marketing, homewares, electrical products and screen layouts were the recent focus of Hicks’ studio practice as a way of examining their effect on conceptions of ‘real life’. Simultaneously, they also function as a means to test the deconstructive, transformative consequences of painting on such a visual language.

The title Real Life is an effort to gauge the tonal ambiguity of this phrase and sentiment, in the setting of the exhibition. Approaching the issue of ‘real life’ via painting, a focus of the works might appear to be that of disorienting artifice, and the visual flimsiness of contrived landscapes. In other words - their lack of any ‘real life’. Yet their very inclusion as subjects seems to propose them as a staple of daily experience.

Additionally, the act of painting itself always entails its own blunt encounter with real life. The work titled “ Bruise Cruise” was intended to simply depict the side of a coach, but became mangled through process, funnelling the work into a smoking cartoon tantrum constituting both an admission of artistic failure, whilst begrudgingly nodding to the ‘real life’ absurdity of endeavour.

Likewise, the ghost of painting’s obsession with its own death, and perpetual necessity to ‘breathe new life’ into itself quietly haunts Hicks’ practice, recalling the association of ‘Real Life’ with the ever-coveted badge of legitimacy.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Getting there

By train to elephant and castle.By bus 136,343,42,176,12.

ASC Gallery
Chaplin Centre,Thurlow street
Greater London
SE17 2DG





020 7274 7474

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