Here is a guide to some of the best art spaces in the Peckham area. We’ve probably missed a few and by the time this magazine goes to print there will surely be ten more anyway. Happy Hunting.
Auto Italia South East. 1 Glengall Road, SE15 6NJ. autoitaliasoutheast.org. Open: see website for details
Tucked smugly away behind the Volkswagen dealership on Old Kent Road, Auto Italia is an artist-run project set up by Amanda Dennis, Rachel Pimm and Kate Cooper. The space originally started in a used car dealership on Peckham Road called Auto Italia, hence the name. Since then the collective have gone on to stage an increasing number of ambitious and acclaimed projects, most recently including the Yes Way festival and LuckyPDF TV. The Yes Way festival, staged with UPSET THE RHYTHM record label, successfully combined innovative art programming with independent music. Auto Italia’s genius lie in their collaborative and daring approach to programming.
Hannah Barry Gallery. Unit 91 Copeland Industrial Park, 133 Copeland Road, SE15 3SN. hannahbarry.com. Open: Friday and Saturday 12-6pm
Neslted in the centre of the Bussey Building Compound, Hannah Barry’s has been at the forefront of pushing the new art scene in Peckham. The warehouse space hosts a programme dominated by young and emerging artists. Recent shows have included James Capper, Oliver Eales, Oliver Griffin, Will Jarvis and Marcus Kleinfeld. Hannah Barry is part of a collective of galleries in Peckham that stage Bold Tendencies, an annual exhibition, held on the top floors of the disused car park next to Peckhamplex cinema, which was become a staple event of the summer months. The project features art en plein air with the added ambience of Fred’s rooftop café and Campari bar. The gallery which brought the Peckham Pavilion to the Venice Biennale has recently expanded to 110 Bond Street; Gareth Cadwallader is showing at the Peckham site from January 20-March 3.
Son Gallery. Unit 9C Copeland Industrial Park, 133 Copeland Road, SE15 3SN. songallery.co.uk. Open: Friday-Sunday 12-6pm
Located round the corner from Hannah Barry, Son is a new gallery run by curator Guy Robertson and artist Tom Saunderson. Son’s programme hosts two group shows a year within its roster of solo exhibitions by its represented artists. Primarily focussed on photography and film, other media are also included in the gallery’s remit of multi-faceted art. 2011 will see the inauguration of Project Project, a regular off-site programme of projection works throughout Peckham’s streets, with the first artist, Luca Bolognesi, exhibiting in February. Inside the gallery, Guy Gormley’s B u s h e s (EDIT) is showing through December 19, followed by a group show titled Exercises in Failure in January; Luca Bolognesi’s projection works will be continued in the gallery space throughout February, with James Hanky showing in March.
CLF Art Café. 133 Rye Lane, Units 1 & 2F, Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST. clfartcafe.org. Open: weekends, see website for event times.
The Chronic Love Foundations (DJ and producer Mickey Smith) landed 3 years ago in Peckham hot off the circuit in Asia. Nestled upstairs in the front of the Bussey Building (access through the alley at 133 Rye Lane) the CLF Art Café is Peckham’s premier party venue, hosting live music, DJs, exhibitions, theatre productions, festivals, and much much more – there’s even a Saturday morning matinee for kids. The sprawling club (set over two floors) has recently seen No Pain in Pop & Adventures In The Beetroot Field’s epic gig Nail the Cross and Congo Natty & Adrian Sherwood’s Dread Bass. Upcoming: The Fair Fayre credit crunch Christmas art fair runs Dec 17 – 19 (noon – 6pm, Dec 18 (9am – 6pm) and Dec 19 (2pm – 8pm); New Year’s Eve Multi-Level Special Smallworld; WUMNI + Slow Commotion, 12 Tone Brass Band, Yaaba Funk, and T.Roy on January 15; and Jon Kennedy + Jazzheadchronic on January 21. As always Hat Sunday runs once a month, come appropriately capped or borrow from the outlandish wardrobe on offer.
The Sunday Painter. 1st Floor, 12-16 Blenheim Grove, SE15 4QL. thesundaypainter.co.uk. Open: Thursday – Sunday 12-6pm
Formed by Camberwell and Chelsea art graduates Tom McParland, William Jarvis, and Harry Scoging, The Sunday Painter Gallery showcases the work of contemporary artists and provides a platform for emerging artists to exhibit, critically discuss and further their practices. Its 1st floor premises on Blenheim Grove house the gallery as well as 12 artists’ studios. A newly constructed billboard screen that sits on the rooftop is viewable from the platforms of Peckham Rye Station and has screened video works including Grace Schofield’s Businessman on the Tracks and Sam Austen’s Angry Film. The Sunday Painter education program encompasses a variety of activities from workshops with young people in conjunction with the current exhibitions to providing a platform and space for other educational groups to function collaboratively. An exhibition title Ready Meal is showing from February 17 – March 20.
Sassoon Gallery. 213 Blenheim Grove, SE15 4QL. thesassoongallery.co.uk thesistersburn.co.uk Open: Friday – Sunday 12-6pm
Located in a railway bridge unit directly behind Peckham Rye train station, Sassoon Gallery can be accessed off Belnheim Grove – go through the alley next to the mechanics or pop into Bar Story and go out the back door. Sassoon Gallery has a long standing commitment to showcasing works by young and upcoming artists, and since April 2010 has been residence to Sisters Burn, a curatorial collective fronted by Laura Vent, Sophie Vent and Jaimie Barker. Their programme is made through both collaborations with artists and self-initiated projects which embrace a broad range of practices from art to design, illustration, and performance. Sisters Burn realise exhibitions by hosting fund raising events at the gallery between shows- such as an artists’ Christmas Fair, or renting the space out to universities for art students. A group exhibition of Kyle Zeto, Una Savic, and Charlie Drinkwater will be showing through January, followed by a theatre and sound production of Philip Ridley’s Mercury Fur by director Jessiva Drader in February.
MOCA London. 113 Bellenden Road, SE15 4QY. mocalondon.co.uk. Open: Wednesday – Friday 12-6, Saturday 2-6
Conceived and run by artist Michael Petry, Museum Of Contemporary Art (MOCA London) offers all the grandeur of a block-buster museum in a mini-institution venue. Exhibiting the kind of globally focussed and conceptually engaged work you’d expect to find at international biennales or kunsthalles, and collaborating with an impressive team of international curators, MOCA London specialises in creating exhibition opportunities -free from commercial pressures-for upcoming artists as well as the likes of Louise Bourgeois, Lawrence Weiner and Kiki Smith, just to name a few. MOCA London’s shows often travel to/from other UK and international venues. From January 13 – February 12 Dermot O’Brien’s show, Substance and Accident, will be shared with PayneShurvell Gallery, with work exhibited simultaneously at both venues. Because MOCA London works directly with artists on a project by project basis, the exhibition schedule can be irregular (greatness can’t be rushed). Check their website regularly for listings and dates.
NewGallery London, Pelican House, 92 Peckham Road, SE15 5PY. newgallerylondon.co.uk Open: Monday – Saturday 11am-11pm; Sunday 10am-10pm
Standing on the ground floor of the 1930s Pelican House building on the Peckham Road, a minute’s walk from Camberwell College of Art and South London Gallery, NewGallery London is a bar and gallery committed to showcasing emerging artists, both London-based and international. The gallery is fully licensed and open late. Interspersing shows is a lively events program incorporating live music, theatre and academic speakers. Collaborating with guest curators such as Dieter Kloss and Guy Gormley’s BRICKHOUSE, the New Gallery London has shown works from, among others, Paul Schneider, Alex Sturrock, Edwin Burdis, Kate Price, Hanna Terese Nilsson and Aislinn Dowling. Upcoming shows include Lily Keal and Samara Scott.
Flat Time House. 210 Bellenden Road, SE15 4BW. flattimeho.org.uk Open: Thursday – Sunday 12-6pm
Situated in the home and studio of legendary British conceptual artist John Latham, Flat Time House is a quasi museum, archive, and gallery dedicated to the preservation and continued legacy of Latham’s work and life. Stepping into Flat Time House -which was conceived by Latham as a living sculpture – is truly entering the weird and wonderful: the museum’s façade (known as the Face) is punctured by a monumental book, beyond that the labyrinth of rooms, each aligned with a body part and function, are a treasure trove of curiosity and discovery. The term ‘flat time’ comes from Latham’s own theoretical language and describes the “way in which time and all possible events can be represented by the length and width of a flat canvas.” It’s a matter of conceptual physics, inexplicable but true: when in Flat Time House you can’t help but feel that you’re somehow playing part in an infinite opus.
The Bun House. 96 Peckham High Street, SE15 5ED. fieldonline.eu Open: Daily, pub hours
A genuine South London boozer, The Bun House hosts one of the quirkiest galleries south of the river. Enter if you dare, go back past the bar, there’s a door marked PRIVATE next to the ladies’ loo. The gallery’s down the hall in a tiny storage room. You can ask for a key at the bar, otherwise shows can be viewed through the window from the smoking area. Curated by Francis Thorburn and Craig Dow (The Bun House Bandits), exhibitions change every month and never cease to surprise; the gallery also hosts performative events in between shows. Recent projects include Joel Gray’s installation of cavemen laptops and samurai swords, glowing meteorites et al., all beautifully hand carved from alabaster. Upcoming shows include: Ines Rebelo (February 4-25) and Stewart Gough (March 10-31).
Peckham Space. 89 Peckham High Street, SE15 5RS peckhamspace.com Open: Tuesday – Friday 11-5, Saturday 11-4
Located in a distinctive PENSON designed building beneath the Peckham Square promenade, Peckham Space commissions artists to work with local residents and young people. The aim of the programme is to encourage progression for young people into creative higher education as well as increase access to cultural and educational activity in Peckham. Under the directorship of Emily Druiff the programme has quickly established itself as both serious and engaging. Previously commissioned artists include: Lottie Child, Harold Offeh and Gayle Chong Kwan. Peckham Space refreshingly re-conceives community engagement at the cutting-edge of global contemporary practice. Jessica Voorsanger’s Peckham Heroes is showing from January 14-March 26.
South London Gallery 65 Peckham Road, SE58UH southlondongallery.org Open: Tuesday-Sunday 11-6, Wednesday 11-9
One of London’s oldest galleries, South London Gallery has recently expanded and now includes three smaller galleries, education studio, artist’s flat, cafe and gardens. Their international programme has hosted many pioneering exhibitions, from the landmark Minky Manky show in 1995 to Micahel Landy’s recent Art Bin project, and helped shape London’s contemporary art scene. SLG is the only official institution (so far) on the Peckham art map. Manon de Boer’s exhibition, Framed in an Open Window, is showing until January 23; live art and film events are regularly scheduled throughout spring, including pieces by: Thnjiwe Nkosi, Ulla von Brandenburg, Julien Discrit, Thomas Dupouy and Laurent Montaron, Charles Atlas, Mika Tajima and the New Humans.
Camberwell Space Camberwell College, Peckham Road, SE5 BUF. camberwell.arts.ac.uk/camberwellspacp. Open: Monday-Friday 9am-7.30pm
Situated just inside Camberwell College’s main building, Camberwell Space is a public exhibition space that connects the work of the College with international, national and local arts communities. Exhibitions are commissioned by a selection committee made up of college tutors and include curatorial projects as well as artist-initiated group and solo shows from international practitioners. For the past 3 years Camberwell Space has worked in collaboration with TrAIN (The University of the Arts Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation) and Gasworks Gallery’s artist-in-residence programme, hosting exhibitions for emerging level artists from around the globe. In January and February Camberwell Space will feature performance workshops by Jefford Horrigan, Georgia Rodger and others; a project by MA Curating students, and Elusive, an exhibition curated by Sian Bonnell, featuring British and international still and moving imagery.