CGP LONDON // Dilston Grove

View of large empty church interior with circular window at the end.

Dilston Grove is the former Clare College Mission Church on the Southwest corner of Southwark Park and is Grade II listed. Designed by architects Sir John Simpson and Maxwell Ayrton, it was built in 1911 and is one of the earliest examples of poured concrete construction.

Today, Dilston Grove represents London's only large-scale raw space regularly available to artists.

Venue Type:

Architecture centre, Gallery, Heritage site

Opening hours

During an Exhibition:
April - September - 11am - 5pm
October - March - 11am - 4pm
Exhibition days vary depending on exhibition.

Admission charges

Admission free

Additional info

Access: Dilston Grove provides good physical access.

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

Marcia Farquhar - DIFFIKUΛT

  • 13 September — 28 October 2018 *on now

Join us to celebrate the first non-survey of work by the iconic artist Marcia Farquhar, DIFFIKUΛT.

13 Sept - 28 Oct // Thursday - Sunday // 11am - 5pm
Preview: Sunday 9 September // 3-6pm

Marcia Farquhar’s work in performance, installation and object-making is conceptual in nature; precariously balanced between the prescribed and the unpredictable - socially open, broadly embracing of circumstance, and resolutely focussed in the live and unrepeatable moment.

Farquhar’s experimental site-specific works have been staged and exhibited internationally in museums and galleries, as well as in lecture theatres, kitchen showrooms, hotels, pubs, parks and leisure centres. Her work has and continues to make frequent and subversive use of popular cultural forms such as TV cookery shows, pop-psychology, the Punch and Judy show, the catwalk, the jukebox and the guided tour; repositioning these recognisable interactive formats as tools for language.

DIFFIKUΛT spans both galleries and outdoor spaces, presenting Marcia’s impressive career; past, present and future. Renowned works from Farquhar’s extensive ‘repertoire’ from the 1980s to now will be reimagined, nestled alongside recent and new work created for the occasion.

Actions and performances will occur throughout the show, the artist will most certainly be present; appearing to show and tell as the tour guide of her own relics via spontaneous actions, situations, interruptions and habitations.

Works, votives and stories will populate the spaces, fakeloric tales will be released from the Farquive museum vitrines, effigies lifted on and off the shelf, activated by Marcia in conversation with the gallery visitor, creating uniquely personal interactions for the duration.
The exhibition will premiere The Dogs’ Bolex, an ambitious new series of short videos commissioned by the artist in collaboration with a host of 16 artist filmmakers including Benedict Drew, Gina Birch, John Smith, Ben Rivers, Ruth Maclennan, Denna Cartamkhoob, Katherine Araniello, Larry Achiampong and Tony Grisoni; developed by the artist following the 10th anniversary of her critically acclaimed 12 Shooters project from 2007.

A scheduled programme of performances including Farquhar’s legendary Acts of Clothing will punctuate the exhibition. Dates will be announced shortly.

The burning of Marcia’s outsized rocking horse at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, originally commissioned for the 2010 Tatton Park Biennial, will be live- streamed at the gallery at dusk on the penultimate evening of the show.

Marcia Farquhar, DIFFIKUΛT, is generously supported by The Paul & Louise Cooke Endowment, Arts Council England and Southwark Council.

Marcia Farquhar, The Dogs Bolex (2018) is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Suitable for

  • Any age




CGP LONDON // Dilston Grove
Southwest Corner of Southwark Park
Greater London
SE16 2UA




020 7237 1230

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