Afterschool play session at the Shop of Possibilities. Photo: Lauren Willis
*Afterschool play session at the Shop of Possibilities. Photo: Lauren Willis
We are us and you are you; photo Sarah Coffils
*We are us and you are you; photo Sarah Coffils
Young People discuss the impact of the Riots in London; Photo Richard Eaton
*Young People discuss the impact of the Riots in London; Photo Richard Eaton
The South London Gallery’s award-winning education programmes offer exceptional opportunities for visitors of all ages and levels of interest to become more actively involved in contemporary art through a broad range of activities and events.
Take part in artist-led projects inspired by our exhibitions, attend artist talks, enjoy drop-in family workshops or join one of our longer-term programmes. You can do this independently, through your school or community group, or in your free time if you are aged 14-21 years old and like the sound of the Art Assassins.
The Art Assassins are a group of 14-21 year olds who meet every Thursday to engage, create and collaborate with artists, designers, filmmakers, performers and curators.
Other current major projects include The Shop of Possibilities, a space for play for children and families from five neighbouring housing estates;REcreativeuk.com, an online community and resource for 16-25 year olds; and Supersmashers, an after-school club for looked after children aged 7-12 living in Southwark. The SLG's on-going schools’ programme attracts student visitors to each of our exhibitions, and our weekly Sunday Spot family workshops welcome children and families to explore contemporary art.
Some of our projects are united by SLG Local, which builds on the success of Making Play, a three-year play-based family programme on neighbouring Sceaux Gardens.
For anyone over 16 years of age, there is also Play Local Topics. This forum is open to residents who live on the five housing estates surrounding the SLG: Sceaux Gardens, Southampton Way, Elmington, Pelican and Wyndham and Comber. The group hosts discussions with artists, play workers and other specialists to explore ideas for SLG Local projects on these estates.
The development of these and other education initiatives have established the SLG’s reputation for innovative programming. Making Play won the inaugural £10,000 Clore Award for Museum Learning and the Double Take project obtained an Arts & Business Young People Award.
Our education programme is supported by the Big Lottery Fund, BBC Children in Need, Chelsea Arts Club Trust, Cleaner Greener Safer (Southwark Council), Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Ernest Cook Trust, Joint Security Initiative (Southwark Council), The Mercers' Company and Oscar Murillo's Lottery and the SLG Council.