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
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
Head to Clapham for the art gallery at Venn Street [map], or buy some art at Stephanie Hoppen [map],
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
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
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
If money isn’t in abundance but you’re keen
to pick up a piece of modern art head to Lots Road
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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