Celebrating London’s Small Art Galleries
When you’re looking for art in London, you’d be forgiven for checking the usual haunts first. Tate, Royal Academy of Arts, Saatchi; each one major players in the capital’s thriving cultural scene. But take some time to look a little closer, stroll down that lonely street or saunter past those forgotten buildings, and you may stumble across one of London’s treasures.
Whichever borough you’re visiting, you’ll be in for a treat too. There’s currently still life paintings in Clapham, sculpture in Bermondsey and emerging artists in Camden. We say, use this hit-list to steer your next free Saturday, start at the top and work your way through. And don’t forget to let us know what you think.
Split across two separate buildings, CGP London has been going strong since opening in 1984. Founded by the Bermondsey Artists’ Group, both buildings, The Gallery and Dilston Grove, offer a contrast of exhibits to suit each aesthetic. Expect large installations at the raw Dilston Grove while The Gallery comprises of three ‘white room’ spaces and a patio garden, so a little more refined. The gallery thrives on its relationship with the local community, and offers a roster of interactive and educational talks, lectures and programmes.
CGP London, The gallery by the pool, 1 Park Approach, Southwark Park, SE16
Heavily involved in nurturing new talent, Gasworks in Kennington hosts a number of residencies, giving London’s emerging artists studio space alongside their established gallery. Opened in 1994, the gallery has worked with over 250 artists from 70 countries and is also the hub of the Triangle Network, international network of over thirty arts organisations, mostly based in Africa, Asia and South America. Exhibiting from 26th Nov to Feb 2016 is Guatemalan artist Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, whose practice is rooted in folklore and dreams, conspiracy theories, ancient mythology and magical practices. A must see.
Gasworks, 155 Vauxhall Street, SE11 5RH
Specialising in contemporary paintings and sculpture, Northcote Gallery was established in South West London in 1992. Hosting ten solo exhibitions every year, the gallery has seen national and international artists, both award-winning and emerging. Currently on display are works by Jo Barrett, a set of still life paintings that see the artist’s contemporary yet formal approach create timeless images grounded in traditional influences.
Northcote Gallery Battersea, 110 Northcote Road, SW11 6QP
Focusing on installation and site-responsive exhibitions, Vitrine’s space on Bermondsey Square promotes a new model of exhibition-making. Founded by Alys Williams in 2012, an Instragmmer you should also follow for access to all things art, Vitrine nurtures new talent while representing a host of artists including sculptor and painter Edwin Burdis and sculptor Jonathan Baldock. Currently, Vitrine is hosting an exhibition with sculptor Frances Richardson who applied through an open call from the gallery.
VITRINE, Bermondsey, 15 Bermondsey Square, SE1 3UN
Rook & Raven
Nestled in the heart of the city, you’ll find Rook & Raven just behind the hustle and bustle of Oxford St. An established gallery with a 3500 sq ft space, Rook & Raven features contemporary art from both established and emerging artists worldwide. If you head over before December 23rd, you’ll also see the astounding figurative tapestry pieces by Colombian artist Olga De Amarel, a welcoming break from the Christmas shopping.
Rook & Raven 7 Rathbone Place W1T 1HN
Starting life in Hoxton in the 90s, Atlas gallery was moved to its current Marylebone location in 2001. It moved however, with a reputation as one of the city’s best-loved spaces for contemporary art. Now, it deals almost exclusively in fine art photography. With six exhibitions every year, expect cutting-edge works by a myriad of photographers and photojournalists.
Atlas, 49 Dorest Street, W1U 7NF
A REVL favourite, Cob Gallery is an exhibition space based in Camden. Run by a young team of women, the space was established in 2011 by gallerist Victoria Williams and acclaimed playwright Polly Stenham. Cob has worked with the likes of Noemie Goudal, Tristan Pigott and acclaimed photographer Juergen Teller, to name a few.
The Cob Gallery, 205 Royal College Street, NW1 0SG