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Art Galleries in South West London Whatever your taste be sure to check out the wide selection of art galleries in South West London and you’re sure to find something to inspire you or make you view life in a different perspective for a while.

Any art lover should make their first port of call The Institute of Contemporary Arts [map] (ICA), at Carlton House Terrace, The Mall. Boasting three galleries, and a changing programme of exhibitions, in an elegant Regency house with a stunning location, this is a great place to see some classics, as well as a great range of cutting edge art.

If you're in South West London you could visit the Tate Modern’s big brother at Millbank. Tate Britain [map] reflects the changing face of British art with exhibitions and installations from more than 600 years of cultural history. This is also where the world-famous Turner Prize is judged and exhibited.

Meanwhile, international art is the order of the day over on the very fashionable King’s Road. The King’s Road Gallery [map] introduces a distinctly Asian feel to contemporary art and showcases a number of world artists including acclaimed Thai artist Chiu Ya Tsai.

For an eclectic mix of sculpture and contemporary paintings head to The Bloxham Gallery [map], St Johns Hill, which was founded by John Bloxham more than 30 years ago. The gallery consists of two light and airy spaces, plus a smaller space downstairs for more intimate exhibitions. Artists displaying their wares here include Aly Brown, Izabella Kay, and Katusha Bull.

The quirky visual art venue Gallery 286 [map], located in a converted Victorian House in Earl’s Court, is home to the painter and sculptor Camilla Shivarg, and has become a great place to see the latest visual art talent in the local area. Previous exhibitors include Michael Bloom, Polly Nuttall, and Edward Bell.

Those with a passion for photography should pay a visit to The Michael Hoppen Gallery [map] , which brings together the most innovative and unusual photographers under one roof. This impressive gallery boasts an even more impressive programme of exhibitions with previous photographers including William Klein, Henri Lartigue, and Fernand Fonssagrives.

Head to Clapham for the art gallery at Venn Street [map], or buy some art at Stephanie Hoppen [map], Walton Street.

Every year thousands of aspiring artists and internationally renowned painters flock to the Battersea Old Town Hall [map], Lavender Hill, for the Battersea Contemporary Art Fair. This annual event brings together more than 150 artists who sell directly to the public. Head to the largest arts fair in the UK and pick up an original piece of contemporary art or view some of the newest and most exciting exhibition pieces.

For something different why not purchase a piece of art from The Royal Mint Sovereign Gallery [map], Grosvenor Gardens. Covering more than 500 years of history of the world-famous gold sovereign coin, this gallery is home to some rare and priceless displays and visitors can purchase coin sets and art work in gold and silver from the gallery shop.

If you know your art from your elbow why not try your luck at one of the world’s foremost auction houses. Bonhams Knightsbridge [map], Montpelier Street, is a family-owned auction house that was founded in 1793 and now draws buyers from across the globe. Its specialist knowledge extends to many disciplines, ranging from traditional art to new fields of collecting.

For those not brave enough to experience the thrills and spills of the auction house, head to The Hicks Gallery [map], Leopold Road, Wimbledon, that specialises in both traditional and modern drawings, watercolours and oil paintings.

Alternatively try The Eaton Gallery [map], Duke Street, St James’, which specialises in 19th and 20th century paintings from a wealth of English, Irish and European artists. Another of the gallery's special interests is the work of contemporary artist John Sutton, who paints exclusively for Eaton Gallery and his works in watercolour, oil and pen and ink wash can be seen, along with works by Howard Morgan, Terence Gilbert, and many others.

If you're looking for that unique addition to your home or office and would like a piece of work that’s sure to be a definite talking point try The Sheen Gallery [map], Richmond Road West, which sells and exhibits some of the world's premier abstract artists including Eileen Agar, Leslie Worth and John Yardley. Exhibitions have included themed work from artists such as Susan Bower, John Brenton and Charles Williams.

If money isn’t in abundance but you’re keen to pick up a piece of modern art head to Lots Road Auction [map], Lots Road, on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. This is the place that’s often featured on British TV programmes offering unsuspecting members of the public the opportunity to pick up an art bargain, and there really are some treats to be had.

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