Southwark Park Galleries is managed by The Bermondsey Artists’ Group. We are an artist-led contemporary art gallery and community arts charity set within the beautiful surroundings of Southwark Park, Bermondsey, North Southwark. We are an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO).
We are recognised locally and nationally as a leading, experimental contemporary visual arts venue in London with an established reputation as a test-site for ambitious artistic practice. We were founded in 1984 by a group of artists living in Bermondsey and Rotherhithe.…
They transformed a derelict café in Southwark Park into a gallery to create a cultural platform through which artists could engage meaningfully with their neighbours and as a site for free access to high quality art, creativity and learning as a core part of their daily lives.Since then we have grown to encompass two gallery buildings within the park and 38 years of high quality free exhibitions and free, meaningful, learning activities. Our ongoing celebration of individual and community creativity places us firmly at the centre of the cultural life of South London.
We continue to offer generations of artists and local people opportunities to present, respond to and engage with risk-taking contemporary art across our two vastly contrasting exhibition spaces: Dilston Gallery - a cavernous raw Grade II listed concrete space and Lake Gallery - a renovated former cafe.
We present exhibitions of national significance that remain relevant to our local community. We foster creative career development by providing excellent opportunities for artists, at a crucial point in their career, to significantly transcend their practice by supporting them to breakthrough the barriers of convention, take risks and to make their most ambitious work to date.
Central to our mission is our commitment to offer local people of all ages and from a range of economic, social, cultural and historical backgrounds excellent creative experiences. We wish to continually inspire everyone to celebrate their own cultures through creative participation.
Over the last 38 years, we have commissioned and hosted exhibitions by a wide and diverse range of artists including internationally renowned artists including Joan Jonas, Marcia Farquhar, Phyllida Barlow, Faisal Abdu'Allah, Jonathan Baldock, Fani Parali, Martin Creed, William Wegman, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Tai Shani, Lucian Freud, Peter Liversidge, Carrie Mae Weems, Marcus Coates, Graham Fagen, Richard Wilson, Ackroyd & Harvey, Shona Illingworth, Sammy Baloji, Sharon Kivland, Anne Bean, James Capper, Clare Goodwin, Iain Sinclair & Andrew Kötting, Uta Kögelsberger, Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen, Mark Titchener, Brian Griffin, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Sarah Pickstone, Mat Collishaw, and Sutapa Biswas.