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Art Block creative play space opening The South London Gallery’s ambitious education programme invites people of all ages and levels of interest to engage with contemporary art and to reflect on the role of culture in everyday life. The programme has its foundations in the gallery’s local communities through a number of inter-linked strands ranging from Open Plan, a long term public art and education project across three housing estates, to a free and inclusive artist-led schools programme, as well as a weekly young people’s group, Art Assassins, and a long term project with children looked after by Southwark social services. Most recently we have introduced a new strand to the programme which focuses on revisiting local social histories and unpacking the South London Gallery’s impact on its surroundings. The development of this way of working over the past 10 years has established the SLG’s reputation for innovative programming in collaboration with our neighbours and friends.

As a school or community group you can access our artist-led projects inspired by our exhibitions, or get in touch to talk to us about a longer term partnership project. If you’re aged between 14 – 21 years the Art Assassins group meet every Tuesday to engage, create and collaborate with artists, designers, filmmakers, performers and curators. If you’re looking for your first step in a career in contemporary art take a look at REcreativeUK.com, an online community and resource for 16 – 25 year olds. Or join the REcreative Editorial board.

The SLG’s ongoing artist-led schools’ programme offers bespoke workshops for each of our exhibitions, and our weekly Sunday Spot family workshops welcome children and families to explore contemporary art.

We also work on longer term projects to try to broaden access to the arts by challenging the assumptions of who art is for, as well as offering a social space for children and adults to meet, chat and play. Supersmashers is the only after-school group for looked after children aged 7-12 living in Southwark and has been running for the past 5 years. In August 2017 we also launched Art Block, a free creative space on Sceaux Gardens estate for local children and families. Art Block is part of Open Plan which invites international and British artists to create artworks with and for the SLG’s close neighbours living on Elmington, Pelican and Sceaux Garden’s Estate.

The South London Gallery is an Arts Award Supporter.

Our education programme is supported by the Freelands Foundation, BBC Children in Need, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Heritage Lottery Fund, Spirit of 2012 Trust, The Jack Petchey Foundation with Children & the Arts, Southwark Council Neighbourhoods Fund, Newcomen Collett and the SLG Council.

Image: Morag Myerscough, installation view of Art Block. South London Gallery, 2017. Photo by Andy Stagg.