Art Block

Children round a table working together to make things with coloured materials

Art Block, 2018. Photo: Andy Stagg

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

It is part of Open Plan, a long-term public art and education project which invites international and UK based artists to work with the SLG’s close neighbours on Elmington, Pelican and Sceaux Gardens housing estates, accompanied by a programme of events at the gallery.

Art Block is run by the Art & Play Team who combine their knowledge and experiences in art practice, childcare and the local area to establish a welcoming and creative environment.

Building on the gallery’s work with residents on local housing estates over the past decade, Open Plan explores the role of contemporary art in everyday life and continually aims to reflect and participate in the rich culture that exists within our community.


Art Block is transformed by invited artists each year. For the inaugural commission, award-winning artist and designer Morag Myerscough created The Club Under My House, a bespoke installation inspired by workshops with local children to explore pattern making, poetry and 3D design.



Opening hours

Term Time

Wed – Fri, 3.30–5.30pm

Sat, 2–5pm

School Holidays

Sat 2–5pm


  • Art Block is wheelchair and push-chair accessible.
  • Baby changing facilities are available in our gender-neutral toilet. If you require nappies, wipes or any other assistance, a member of the Art & Play Team will be happy to assist.
  • Sanitary products are available on request. Please ask a member of the Art & Play Team and they will be happy to provide these for free.
  • Art Block is an actively inclusive space and welcomes people from all backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations and abilities. If you or your child have any access requirements that would be useful for us to know about, please talk to a member of staff during or ahead of your visit.

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

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