South London Gallery
The South London Gallery (SLG) was founded in the 19th century by philanthropist William Rossiter to ‘bring art to the people of south London’. Today the gallery comprises its original site at 65 Peckham Road; the Fire Station at 82 Peckham Road; Art Block, a space for local children and families on Sceaux Gardens estate and two permanent gardens.
The Gallery’s location between Camberwell and Peckham means that it is situated in the heart of one London’s thriving cultural centres. The SLG has an international reputation for its contemporary art exhibitions by British and international artists, often by those who have rarely or never had a solo show in a London gallery.
All SLG exhibitions are free, as are many of the events. Visitors can enjoy one of London’s best loved contemporary art galleries, browse a curated selection of books and gifts in the shop, try our great café and relax in the Orozco garden.
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Late opening: Wed and the last Fri of the month until 9pm.
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The Rita Keegan Archive (Project)
- 25 February — 26 April 2020 *on now
In 1985, Keegan established the Women Artists of Colour Index (WOCI), a unique collection of slides and papers that provides a vital historical resource for contemporary discussions of race and gender.
This display in the SLG’s Archive room features Keegan’s personal papers, offering a rare opportunity to see a range of materials and ephemera from the Black British Art scene spanning the 1980s to the early 2000s.
The presentation in the SLG’s Archive room precedes an upcoming exhibition by the artist in Galleries 2, 3 and 4 of the Fire Station between 6 May – 28 June.
Keegan’s installation works combine audiovisual material with textiles, 2D multimedia works, and experiential media such as scent, to explore memory, history, dress and adornment. She also draws on her extensive family archive, a photographic record of a black middle class Canadian family from the 1890s to the present day.
- 1 March — 26 April 2020 *on now
Following an open invitation to the whole Front of House team, the show celebrates the creative talents of young and emerging artists working in south London today.
The artists exhibiting in Working Progress are: Gonçalo Birra, Cain the Abyss, Alice Campos, Rachel Cheung, Avril Corroon, Felix Dean, Flävia Dent, Giacomo Esposito, Andrew Finch, Tyreis Holder, Chai Kamrai, Letícia Laxon, Ocean Loren Baulcombe-Toppin, Ian Malhotra, Jessica Mankowska, Jordan Minga, Iona Moncrieff, Jennifer O’Farrell, Eleni Papazoglou, Joshua Phillips, Davinia-Ann Robinson, Gaby Sahhar, Soha Salem, Derica Shields, James Turner, Ben Whateley and Liam Wilkinson
Abbas Zahedi: How To Make a How from a Why?
- 6 March — 26 April 2020 *on now
A newly-commissioned installation includes a sound work collaboration with musicians Saint Abdullah, enacting Zahedi’s interest in lamentation rites and other moments of literal and metaphysical exit.
In his ongoing practice, Zahedi creates social projects with collaborators and audiences, often involving spiritual rituals. He has worked with migrant and marginalised communities in the UK to explore the concept of neo-diaspora, and the ways in which personal and collective histories interweave.
A cassette tape featuring a recording of the performance and exhibition soundscape will also be available to buy from the SLG bookshop from April.
Sophie Cundale: The Near Room
- 6 March — 19 April 2020 *on now
The disorientations of the boxer are told in parallel with the story of a queen living with Cotard Delusion, a rare neurological condition inducing the belief and sensation of death.
The film’s title, The Near Room, is taken from Muhammad Ali’s description of a vivid, hallucinatory space he would enter in the depths of a fight:
“a door swung half open [into a room of] neon, orange and green lights blinking, bats blowing trumpets and alligators playing trombones, snakes screaming. Weird masks and actors’ clothes hung on the wall, and if he stepped across the sill and reached for them, he knew that he was committing himself to his own destruction.”
George Plimpton, Shadow Box (1977)
Cast includes professional boxer John Harding Jnr, artist Penny Goring and actor Chris New.
The Near Room (2020) by Sophie Cundale is commissioned and produced by Film and Video Umbrella with support from Arts Council England, South London Gallery, Bonington Gallery, Curator Space and The Gane Trust
- Not suitable for children
Christina Quarles: In Likeness
- 29 April — 6 June 2020
Her works contain painted bodies that seem barely contained within the canvas and elude definition, reflecting her own experience of being misread or misrepresented, as a queer cis woman, born to a black father and white mother.
Christina Quarles: In Likeness is organised by The Hepworth Wakefield
South London Gallery
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