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 local children and families to make things, be creative, and play. It 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 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 second commission, artist Basim Magdy created a new sport combining elements of ping-pong, pinball and pool in PINGPINPOOLPONG, or How I Learned to Laugh at Failure, 2018.

In summer 2019, Victoria-Idongesit Udondian presented Àdápé, collaborating with local children and adults to produce a large-scale tapestry sculpture made from locally-sourced materials and second-hand clothes.


To coincide with his solo exhibition at the South London Gallery, in September 2019 the SLG commissioned artist Danh Vo to collaborate with the children to co-create a new artwork at Art Block.

Over the following six months, Danh Vo invites the children to adapt and modify their space, using walnut wood, glow-in-the-dark paint and other materials. Click here to find out more about the commission.


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 Freelands Foundation, with additional funds from Southwark Council’s Youth and Play Grant Programme and other donors.


The SLG is a joint winner of Art Fund Museum of the Year 2020! Click here to find out more