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Art Galleries in South East London Whether you like your art modern and mind-blowing or old and beautiful you’ll find a large range of excellent galleries in South East London.

If you’re starting out on the art trail, head to The Dulwich Picture Gallery [map], Gallery Road. This gallery is home to an outstanding collection of 17th century Old Masters and includes famous works from Rembrandt, Murillo, Rubens, Watteau and Gainsborough, as well as a number of critically-acclaimed exhibitions that take place throughout the year. The gallery is set in the beautiful village of Dulwich, which itself has a history that dates back to the 18th Century, and still has many original buildings from this period.

Alternatively, go for something new with a visit to Gallery Fresh [map], Greenwich High Road, Greenwich, which, as the name suggests, brings the very best in innovative and contemporary art to the masses of Greenwich and beyond. You can enjoy some interestingly themed exhibitions from a range of artists in every media form. Solo shows are also held throughout the year.

However you can’t visit this part of London without paying a visit to the award-winning Tate Modern [map], Bankside. This world-famous gallery opened to the public in May 2000 and has since gained a reputation for its commitment to artists and designers. See a range of inspirational exhibitions from famous names such as Edward Hopper, Elmgreen and Dragset and Emma Kay.

Another famous gallery is just a few metres away. The Saatchi Gallery [map], Belvedere Road, is the Tate’s biggest rival and was established by Charles Saatchi to provide tourists with an alternative that concentrates on big-name installations and moving art displays.

Both the Tate Modern and The Saatchi Gallery are essential stop points for any art lover looking to explore more unusual areas, but be prepared to queue if you’re thinking of visiting on bank holidays or at the weekend.

If everybody's talking about it must be worth a try, and people have been talking about The Hayward Gallery [map] since its birth in 1968. Located at Belvedere Road, this gallery has played host to some of the most influential exhibitions in Europe and continues to be at the forefront of innovative art. The Hayward offers a range of contemporary and historical art as well as touring exhibitions from across the world.

For something out of the ordinary, you can take in an experience in the gentle world of watercolour at The Bankside Gallery [map], Hopton Street, Southwark. This gallery is home to the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers so visitors can expect an eclectic range of exhibitions from two of the oldest societies of their kind in the world. Prominent artists in these fields regularly hold talks here and visitors can take advantage of some interesting tours, including the opportunity to get involved in some practical experience.

This part of London is also home to one of the more unique London galleries that focuses on transparent art, The Glass Art Gallery [map], The Leathermarket, Weston Street. Here you'll find a range of exquisite stained glass and sculptures as well as ornaments from leading artists in the field and you can pick up a unique gift in the Glass Art Gallery shop.

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