Open plan

Text work 'WE ARE HERE' on top of block of flats; children playing in playground, with brightly painted surface

Closing event on Pelican Estate for Angelica Teuta Open Plan residency, 2018, with Jessie Brennan, We Are Here, 2018, visible in background. Photo: Andy Stagg

Open Plan is a long-term public art and education project which invites international and UK based artists to create art with and for the South London Gallery’s close neighbours on the Elmington, Pelican and Sceaux Gardens housing estates.

Building upon the gallery’s work with local residents over the past decade, Open Plan explores the role of contemporary art in everyday life and continually aims to reflect the cultures and people that live locally.

At the heart of Open Plan is Art Block, a free space on Sceaux Gardens Estate for local children and families to make things, be creative, and play. Art Block is transformed each year through a unique artist commission made in collaboration with the SLG’s Art & Play Team and the children who attend the space.

An annual programme of offsite activity also takes place on Elmington and Pelican estates including artist residencies, workshops and public art commissions, as well as special events at the SLG’s Main Gallery and Fire Station sites.

Last year SLG worked with Resonance FM to create Bank Holiday Broadcast, a 24-hour radio broadcast made for and in collaboration with local residents aired on the 31st August 2020. This project was just one of many created during a period of exploring how to continue our work together at a distance.

To find out more about Open Plan please contact Carey Robinson, Head of Education carey@southlondongallery.org 

Open Plan is supported by Freelands Foundation, with additional funds from Southwark Council’s Youth and Play Grant Programme and other donors.

 

Art Block

Art Block

Art Block is a free space on Sceaux Gardens Estate for local children to make things, be creative and play.

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GABRIEL LESTER: TREK

GABRIEL LESTER: TREK

In autumn 2017 Gabriel Lester was invited by the Pelican Plus Tenants & Residents Association and the South London Gallery, to propose a new public artwork for Pelican Estate.

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