The South London Gallery (SLG) was established on its current site in 1891 by philanthropist William Rossiter to ‘bring art to the people of south London.
The Gallery’s emphasis is on presenting new work by British and international artists, often by those who have rarely or never had a solo show in a London institution. Group shows bring together works by established and lesser-known British and international artists, whilst an ongoing residency programme provides opportunities for artists to develop new work and exhibit at the SLG.
Providing opportunities for learning and participation is at the heart of the Gallery’s purpose, and thousands of children, young people and adults take part in an extensive programme of activities. This includes a peer-led young people’s forum; free family workshops; Art Block, a dedicated creative space for children on Sceaux Gardens housing estate; artist-led projects and commissions on other local estates; ongoing provision for school visits; and a programme funded by BBC Children in Need for looked-after children.