ARt Galleries In East London
Before the multimillion-pound facelift, the arts-eye view
of the east end evoked images of struggling artists and
life loving hippies, now the area has been transformed
into a focal point for creatives.
The premier showcasing space in east London is the Whitechapel
E1. Established in the late 19th century this gallery
has housed work by a number of artists over the years
including Pollock, Freud and Hockney.
Today the Whitechapel Gallery is the focal point for arts
in the area. As well as exhibiting work by artists covering
a broad range of artistic disciplines, the gallery also
aims to embrace the local community, including young people
and disabled people through workshops, talks and special
The 291 Gallery [map],
E2, is one of London’s most impressive galleries.
The building itself is a refurbished Neo-Gothic church
and has spaces for contemporary art of all kinds –
from paintings to digital arts to live performances. It
is one of the few independently funded public art galleries
in the area.
With an international reputation for showing exhibitions
by up-and-coming artists, the Flowers East Gallery
[map] in Shoreditch is one of the area’s artistic centrepieces.
This gallery has been used to showcase paintings, sculpture,
drawings and performance art since 1970.
The floating Prenelle Gallery [map] is a superb and unique art space for paintings, photography,
sculpture, installations and film. Prenelle is the only
gallery to have a home on the Thames in an historic Dutch
Barge in Millwall Dock, E14. This fantastic space is also
used for conferences and parties for up to 150 people.
For internationally recognised work The Approach gallery [map] features solo exhibitions by artists from all over
the world. Founded in 1997 above a local pub, this gallery
has helped artists to gain wide recognition for their
Other east London galleries include; the Neon
Gallery [map], Rhodes & Mann Gallery [map], and the Nylon Gallery [map].
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