Archive | Art & Design

The Crystal Palace Subway – A Hidden Gem

Even if you’re new to south London, you will have heard of The Crystal Palace, as the name lives on in the park, station, football club and area of Upper Norwood SE19 more commonly known nowadays as Crystal Palace. The famous glass palace, designed by the multi-talented Chatsworth House gardener Joseph Paxton, was originally built […]

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Loughborough Junction – Street Banners, Street Art

Tucked away between Brixton, Camberwell and Herne Hill is an area with an emerging identity of its own – Loughborough Junction. Bearing the name of its very convenient railway station (5 mins to Elephant, 10-12 mins Blackfriars/City), it’s an area criss-crossed by railway tracks and of course railway arches, which are fast becoming an agent […]

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Britain Loves this Rotherhithe Painting

OK, so it’s not actually about Rotherhithe, but famous works of art featuring south London wouldn’t fill much gallery space, so I wanted to tell you about this well-known painting with a local setting that’s been in the news again recently. Samsung have just brought out a new TV called The Frame, which can display […]

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The Society of Graphic Fine Art at Bankside Gallery

The Society of Graphic Fine Art (SGFA) was founded in 1919 and it promotes fine drawing skills in both traditional and contemporary media. The Society organises events through the year, and we went to their current Biennial exhibition at the lovely Bankside Gallery. Bankside is the Gallery of the Royal Watercolour Society, and the Royal […]

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Camberwell Arts Open Studios

Gita Joshi is the Producer for Camberwell Arts Open Studios, the founder of The Camberwell Open exhibition and trustee for Camberwell Arts.  Here, Gita, a South London resident of many years, previews the Camberwell Arts Open Studios, part of Camberwell Arts Festival. “Artists are currently preparing for Camberwell Arts Open Studios. During open studios visitors […]

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Deptford Market Yard

Railway arches are so typically South London. The sheer density of the rail network and the lie of the land means the whole area is criss-crossed by these Victorian brick arches. Once they were a home to dodgy car repair firms or industrial storage – now they’re becoming agents of regeneration (or even gentrification, as […]

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The Street Banners of West Dulwich

If you’re a regular reader or follower you’ll know that SLB takes a keen interest in street art. There’s been something of an explosion of street art in south London in the past few years with areas such as East Dulwich, Peckham, Brixton, Tooting, Brockley and the South Bank displaying the work of both local […]

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South London Street Art Top 5 of 2016

You’ve probably noticed that we love street art at SLB, particularly if you follow us on Twitter or Instagram. More or less every week we post a photo of a mural or occasionally a sculpture and by the response we get its obvious that you, our readers and followers, are just as keen as we […]

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Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition 2016

Earlier this year we went to the Jerwood Painting Fellowships Exhibition at Jerwood Space in Union Street, Borough – a brilliant exhibition by up-and-coming artists.  From 14th September – 23rd October the gallery features entries from another competition – Jerwood Drawing Prize 2016. Jerwood Drawing Prize is the largest and longest running annual open exhibition […]

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The Tooting Street Art Gallery

Street art in south London continues to spread, and if you follow us on Twitter or Instagram, you’ve no doubt seen some of the brilliant art that brightens our streets and often presents us with amusing or challenging images. Murals have been around for some time in south London with pioneers like Brian Barnes and […]

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