Our vision is to be an exemplary arts organisation that is locally and internationally recognised for championing the positive role of art and artists in society. We are committed to becoming a truly culturally diverse organisation across every aspect of our work, including our programmes, board, audiences and staff.
Our mission is to enable the presentation, production, and discussion of contemporary art and ideas, in free, award-winning buildings that are welcoming to all. We support artists and their work; promote community cohesion through creative projects; facilitate inspiring encounters with art; and constantly strive to broaden the reach and impact of our work.
About the SLG
The year-round exhibitions programme showcases the best in international contemporary art, complemented by an events programme for people of all ages and interests.
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. 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; free family workshops; 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 needs to raise a substantial amount every year to fund its work as a registered charity. Alongside invaluable funding provided by Arts Council England, Southwark Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and Freelands Foundation, the generosity of individual donors, companies, trusts and foundations all play an important role in funding the SLG’s free exhibitions, artists’ projects and education activities. Artists also play a crucial role in supporting the SLG with many donating works to auctions or making limited editions. Find out more about supporting the SLG.
Admission to the SLG is free for everyone.