About the SLG

Façade of the SLG in spring. Photo: Andy Stagg

The South London Gallery (SLG) was established on its current site in 1891 by Victorian philanthropists and today it is one of the capital’s leading contemporary visual art institutions. 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 established reputation for its ground-breaking programme of contemporary art exhibitions, events and education projects for children, young people and adults.

The Gallery’s emphasis is on presenting new work by British and international artists, often by those who have rarely or never had a solo show in a London institution. Over the past decade the exhibitions programme has featured solo shows by established international figures such as Ellen Gallagher, Thomas Hirschhorn, Gabriel Kuri, Rashid Johnson, Rivane Neuenschwander, Roman Ondak, Amie Siegel and Lawrence Weiner, as well as those by younger and mid-career artists such as Michael Dean, Thea Djordjadze and Oscar Murillo. Group shows bring together works by established and lesser-known British and international artists, whilst an ongoing residency programme provides opportunities for artists to develop new work and exhibit at the SLG.

Providing opportunities for learning and participation is at the heart of the Gallery’s purpose, and thousands of children, young people and adults take part in an extensive programme of activities. This includes a peer-led young people’s forum and website, www.recreativeuk.com; free family workshops every Sunday in the Clore Studio; Art Block, a dedicated creative space for children on Sceaux Gardens housing estate; artist-led projects and commissions on other local estates; ongoing provision for school visits; and a programme funded by BBC Children in Need for looked after children.

The SLG is a registered charity which raises more than half of its income from trusts and foundations, sponsors and fundraising events and relies on fundraising from trusts and foundations and a network of individual supporters to realise its programme of exhibitions and events. Artists have played a crucial role in this by donating works to auctions, making artists’ limited editions to sell in our shop and giving their time for free. Find out more about supporting the SLG.

Every day at 1pm there is a free tour of the current shows, and screenings, performances and talks by and about some of the most interesting local, national and international artists, curators and thinkers are presented in the purpose-built Clore Studio, accessed via the Fox Garden at the back of the café.

All SLG exhibitions are free, as are many of the events. The gallery is also open until 9pm on Wednesday evenings and the last Friday of the month. See gallery opening hours here.