If you’re looking for an artistic excursion in London, many will recommend going to the South Bank near Waterloo (home to the National theatre, The Globe and several galleries filled with new exciting artists) or to more traditional art institutions such as the Tate Britain.
Just opposite the Tate Britain, and a half mile walk down the river from South Bank…is Vauxhall.
Vauxhall is a slowly emerging hub of artistic achievement, both experimental and traditional. It is just as crucial to visit the vast range of intriguing galleries and theatres that adorn Vauxhall’s river front as it is to explore mainstream art institutes like the National Portrait Gallery. With art schools dotted around the district (Lambeth school of Art, for example) creativity feeds the Vauxhall vibe.
During your next trip to the Park Grand Paddington Court London, take yourself down to Vauxhall (only 25 mins away on the tube) for some artistic inspiration.
Here are some places to check out:
Newport Street Gallery
The Newport Street Gallery allows the public to view famous artist Damien Hirst’s art collection for free.
Damien Hirst dominated the British art scene during the 1990’s. You may remember Hirst for his eerie animal sculptures in blue glass cases, or his minimalist spherical Mickey Mouse portraits.
Expect to see pieces by Banksy, Pablo Picasso and Francis Bacon – to name but a few. This building spans 37,000 square feet and was designed by renowned architect Caruso St John. For those seeking more than just art, taxidermy specimens, anatomical models and ancient artefacts are also featured in Hirst’s collection.
Check out their website to see what new up and coming artists are showcasing their work at the Newport Street Gallery.
Gasworks is not only a gallery – it also provides residencies for young creatives, collaborative projects for and exciting workshops to fine-tune your creativity.
Gasworks is dedicated to helping young artists exhibit their work, giving the gallery a fresh edginess that isn’t seen anywhere else.
Over the last two decades Gasworks has worked with over 250 artists from 70 countries.
Beaconsfield Art Vauxhall
Originally an old Victorian school, this Vauxhall premise has been transformed into a creative laboratory for experimental and inquisitive artists. Beaconsfield Art Vauxhall is a premise available for exhibitions and artist residencies as well as talks and events.