History & Collections

With a vision to ‘bring art to the people of South London’, the South London Gallery (SLG) was established in the 19th century by philanthropist William Rossiter and today it is one of the capital’s leading contemporary visual art institutions. 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.

SLG History

SLG History

The origins of the South London Gallery lie in the South London Working Men's College, established by William Rossiter in 1868, which evolved into a Free Library and Art Gallery.

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Contemporary Collection

Contemporary Collection

Our contemporary collection includes self-portraits by a range of artists, works relating to the local area and the South London Gallery's exhibitions programme.

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Historic Collection

Historic Collection

The South London Gallery’s historic art collection contains more than 5,000 paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, ceramics, coins and textiles.

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Fire Station

Fire Station

Built in 1867, the former Peckham Road Fire Station is a striking example of Victorian domestic Gothic architecture.

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