South London Gallery

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“One of the most elegant art spaces in London”, Adrian Searle, The Guardian

The South London Gallery is an internationally acclaimed contemporary art space which has been free to the public since its foundation in 1891. The gallery opened on its present site on Peckham Road in 1891 as the South London Fine Art Gallery and Library. Its founding mission to “bring art to the people of south London” is a vision which continues to hold true to this day and with a particular emphasis in the past twenty years, in showing challenging new work by emerging and established British and international artists.

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Opening hours

Tuesday-Sunday 11am-6pm
Wednesdays 11am-9pm

Admission charges

Free admission

Additional info

Café & Restaurant

Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Film and Media, Fine Art, Performing Arts

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Ane Hjort Guttu: Time Passes

Ane Hjort Guttu: Time Passes

  • 26 June — 13 September 2015 *on now

Ane Hjort Guttu premieres Time Passes, a new film piece commissioned by Bergen Kunsthall, Norway, with the SLG. Set in Bergen, the film portrays an art student who undertakes to sit next to a woman begging as part of her artistic practice, and the subsequent discussion it provokes with her fellow students.

Also presented is the film Freedom Requires Free People (2012), a documentary about an eight year old boy and his attitude towards school. Guttu’s film and art practice question the use of and access to public space, as well as issues of power, freedom and the role of art and the artist within political systems. Her film works range from scripted fiction to more classical documentary.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Thomas Hirschhorn: In-Between

Thomas Hirschhorn: In-Between

  • 26 June — 13 September 2015 *on now

For his first major solo show in London in many years, Thomas Hirschhorn presents a new work entitled In-Between.

Based on and highlighting the quote; “Destruction is difficult. It is as difficult as creation.” by Italian Marxist theorist and politician, Antonio Gramsci, this new artwork continues the artist’s exploration of ruins in recent works. He states: "The aesthetic of In-Between borrows from pictures of destruction-destruction by violence, by war, by accident, by nature, by structural failures, by corruption, by fatality. I want to establish a body of work which encompasses Antonio Gramsci's quote. Without being anecdotic or literal, I can testify that to set-up a work in an exhibition space which gives form to destruction is indeed as difficult as anything else. With In-Between I want to create a new form, I want to propose an experience, an art-experience in the range of 'successes', failures and in-betweens.”

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Thea Djordjadze, As sagas sa, 2012 (Detail).

Thea Djordjadze

  • 2 October — 22 November 2015

Thea Djordjadze has received the second Outset Residency at the SLG. For her first UK solo exhibition she has produced new works for the show during her summer residency at the gallery.

Djordjadze’s practice focuses on extending the languages of sculpture through the interplay of different formal structures within the context of installations, as well as on testing the scope and potential of the broad but very specific range of materials from which she constructs her work.

South London Gallery
65-67 Peckham Road
Greater London





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