The South London Gallery (SLG) is among London’s leading contemporary visual art venues. It is highly regarded for its temporary exhibitions of new work by British and international artists, as well as films, performances, residences and events, and an extensive artist-led education programme. SLG has recently expanded to include the Fire Station as an annexe to the main gallery on Peckham Road.
The Freelands Foundation’s support over a three year period has enabled the SLG to take its expansion even further by working with residents on neighbouring housing estates, Sceaux Gardens and Pelican Estate, and embarking on a long term public art and education project to reach and impact these local communities. The project, Open Plan, provides a new creative space, Art Block, which is a place for local children and families to make things, be creative and play.
Open Plan commissions four artists per year to take up residencies and create artworks with and for the local neighbourhood. The project is delivered with the crucial involvement of paid trainees who are recruited locally, enhancing unemployed young people’s chances of accessing jobs in the arts, and offering alternatives to studying at university.