Time was when cabs baulked at venturing further south than Elephant & Castle, but that was in another time-space dimension, before the property-fuelled trendification of South London and the escalating art-mecca status of Peckham and New Cross. Now the cultural shift southwards has received an additional boost with the opening of two major new art spaces: the South London Gallery’s Fire Station annexe in Peckham, and Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art in New Cross. Both are firmly embedded in their local communities as well as promising to be a significant art world presence both at home and abroad – and neither will do neighbouring house prices any harm, either. Goldsmith’s CCA occupies the former Victorian bathhouse and water tanks situated at the heart of the University’s South London campus. The art students have for many years had their studios in what was the main swimming pool, and now the attached building has been converted into a … [Read more...] about The South London Gallery’s new Fire Station annexe and the Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art cement south of the river as an art hub
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Summer is slowly coming to a close, the nights are drawing in and the heatwave is little more than a sweaty, uncomfortable memory. Normal service has been resumed in London following an incredible summer and it can mean only one thing: grey skies are back and the capital is getting more than its fair share of rain. Don’t let it dampen your spirits though. Just as London’s outdoor spaces come alive in the sun, many of the city’s most inviting interiors and cultural hubs are far more inviting in the bad weather. These are the places to visit when it's raining cats and dogs in the capital. The Barbican The Barbican is home to a microcosm of London’s eclectic cultural offerings. The venue, found on Silk Street in the heart of the City, offers classical and contemporary music performances, a cinema, a huge array of workshops, architecture tours and a library. The Barbican conservatory is also well worth a visit, but bear in mind it’s only open … [Read more...] about The best places to go when it rains in London
Contemporary art is not normally celebrated for its capacity to make people laugh – unless, that is, as the butt of the joke. “The emperor’s new clothes.” “My five-year-old could have done that.” We’ve all heard similar put-downs aimed at the latest Turner Prize. “In the minds of some, contemporary art is still a joke,” agrees Margot Heller, director of the South London Gallery in Camberwell. “People love to ridicule contemporary art: it’s part of the cultural fabric of this country.” The thing is, anyone engaging with the history of modern and contemporary art will quickly recognise that humour has been a vital strategy for avant-garde artists for more than a century. This is the subject... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week … [Read more...] about Can contemporary art really be funny?
The British summer season is in full swing, and the art world is joining in. To the ritual splendours of Wimbledon, Ascot, Henley and Glyndebourne, London adds the major impressionist, modern, contemporary and Old Master sales, the Masterpiece and Olympia art and antiques fairs, London Art Week (in which dealers in traditional fare mount special exhibitions), and Mayfair Art Weekend (in which the galleries thronging London’s historic arts quarter stay open late and all weekend). While museum curators from all over the world are arriving in the capital to inspect what is on offer, are the all-important collectors here in force, too? The June events came hot on the heels of major fairs in New York, plus the May auctions, which soaked up $2 billion (£1.5 billion) on top of the $800 million Rockefeller collection sales at Christie’s, and Art Basel, where $5 billion of art was on offer. Though London’s June sales of impressionist and modern art … [Read more...] about Mercury rising: contemporary art sales hot up in London’s summer season
In Another Place is a ground-breaking region-wide collaboration - starting on May 21 - of ten venues with one collective aim: showcasing stunning pieces of art to new audiences. Breaking down the barriers of art, a variety of arts organisations across the East Midlands have commissioned artists to create an original piece of artwork displayed on billboards in diverse locations (art where you wouldn’t normally see it). Transforming these everyday advertising spaces into a vibrant display across the region. From industrial estates and high streets to residential areas and shopping centre car parks, the artists’ billboards are something that thousands of residents across the East Midlands can stumble across at any time. In Another Place is encouraging members of the public who feel inspired by their local billboard to seek out others across the region and a map will be provided in the project brochure for people to trace their route across the region. In collaboration with … [Read more...] about See ‘art where you wouldn’t expect it’ in groundbreaking new project