Children playing with Basim Magdy's Art Block commission

Basim Magdy, PINGPINPOOLPONG, or How I Learned to Laugh at Failure, Art Block, 2018. Photo: Andy Stagg

Art Block is a free space on Sceaux Gardens Estate that is part of Open Plan, a three year public art and education project which invites international and UK based artists to create artworks with and for the SLG’s close neighbours on Elmington, Pelican and Sceaux Gardens housing estates, along with a programme of events at the gallery.

Building on the gallery’s work with local residents over the past decade, Open Plan aims to further challenge notions of what contemporary art can do and who can be involved in it.

Art Block is visually transformed by invited artists twice a year. For the inaugural commission, award-winning artist and designer Morag Myerscough has created, The Club Under My House, a bespoke installation inspired by workshops with local children to explore pattern making, poetry and 3D design. For the current commission artist Basim Magdy has created a new sport combining elements of ping-pong, pinball and pool for his commission at Art Block. PINGPINPOOLPONG, or How I Learned to Laugh at Failure, 2018, is a table-based game, featuring net pockets similar to those used in pool as well as interchangeable sculptural obstacles which spin when struck with the ball, making the game both difficult to play and subject to unpredictable results.

Art Block is open 3.30-5.30pm Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (term time only) and 2-5pm every Saturday, for children and families living on neighbouring estates.

To find out more about Art Block please contact our Residents’ Programme Manager Jack James:

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