Exhibition. Against the Grain RCA: Print MA Interim show

Against the Grain is the second of two exhibitions in association with the Royal College of Art and continues a long-standing partnership between Southwark Park Galleries and the RCA Print Department.

This annual features students of the second year MA programme and offers an exciting showcase with a broad interpretation of printmaking today.

Exhibiting artists

  • Pengpeng Chen
  • Nuno Gil
  • Chenyu Shen
  • Izzy Smithson
  • Danbin Cao
  • Xiaoxi YangZiyao Qi
  • Linlu Zhang
  • Mandy Franca
  • Cliff Andrade
  • Rui Shi
  • Lydia Hamblet
  • Teresa Arêde
  • Savvas Theofanous
  • Jiweon Lee
  • Julie Kern Donck

This exhibition is generously supported by Arts Council England, Southwark Council and Royal College of Art.

Southwark Park gates lock at 6:30pm, therefore you will need to access the park via either Gomm Road or Southwark Park Road and walk to the open gate next to the playground. All other gates will be locked.

Do not park within the park  for this event as your car will be locked in.

Night time access to Southwark Gallery – Click to enlarge


Southwark Park Galleries, 1 Park Approach, Southwark Park, London SE16 2UA

Phone: +44 (0)20 7237 1230 | Email: admin@southwarkparkgalleries.org


Canada Water on the Jubilee and London Overground Lines or Surrey Quays on the London Overground. Canada Water station is seven minutes walk from Southwark Park and Surrey Quays is six minutes walk to Lake Gallery and Dilston Gallery.
1, 47, 188, 199, 225, 381, P12, C10. All stop at Canada Water station.
Enter Southwark Park via the Southwark Park Road entrance. Free parking in the park.
South Bermondsey.

Formerly Cafe Gallery / The Gallery

Situated by Southwark Park’s lake and new Pavilion cafe (launching in summer 2019, led and managed by Southwark Council), The Lake Gallery was the organisation’s original home, founded in 1984 by Ron Henocq and The Bermondsey Artists’ Group, who saw the opportunity to renovate the park’s derelict Lido Cafe building into a space for free contemporary art.

The first exhibition was an Open, open to all regardless of background or training. To this day, 35 years on, the organisation hosts an incredibly popular Annual Open each winter, one of the UK’s last few remaining such shows, where everyone gets to take part on equal terms without selection.

During 1999-2001 the organisation fundraised significant capital support to develop its bespoke ‘white cube’ gallery space, enabling a major redevelopment to increase accessibility and improve the quality of the exhibition spaces, reopening with an exhibition by Mary Evans in 2001.

In 2020 the organisation will begin to fundraise for essential renovation to future-proof our their home, founded in 1984 by the Bermondsey Artists’ Group, and last restored in 2000.

You can help to make the gallery greener, more energy-efficient, more environmentally friendly and even more welcoming throughout the seasons by making a donationcorporate sponsorship.

Or if you have any other ways in which you would like to help us raise funds to improve our idyllic home, please contact Southwark Park Galleries.

Source: Southwark Park Galleries

Formerly Dilston Grove / Clare College

In 1999 Southwark Park Galleries opened its second arts venue, Dilston Grove (situated in the park across the lake). The first church on this site was opened in 1886 by Clare College Cambridge as part of a university mission in a “spiritually destitute district”. After signs of subsidence in 1909, an appeal fund was started for a new church. The church as it now stands was built in 1911, the very first poured concrete building in England at a cost of £2,718. 16s. 4d. Designed by architects Sir John Simpson and Maxwell Ayrton (who went on to build the original Wembley Stadium), it was described at the time of its opening as ‘the finest modern church in South London’ and is now a Grade II listed building.

The church closed in the early 1950s and was used for some time by a group of students from The Royal College of Art including Richard Wentworth as artist studios in the1970s. With crucial support from Arts Council England, London Borough of Southwark and the Heritage Lottery Fund, Southwark Park Galleries transformed this derelict church into a spectacular art gallery ideally suited to ambitious, large-scale presentations. The building re-opened in May 1999 with the new name of Dilston Grove and the group exhibition Word Enough to Save a Life, Word Enough to Take a Life curated by Simon Morrissey.

In 2010, working with Walther Menteth Architects, Dilston Gallery was further renovated with support from English Heritage, Big Lottery Fund, Southwark Council and The City Bridge Trust, remodelling the former Parish Room to create a new entrance and fully accessible Community Learning workshop space overlooking the park. The refurbished building’s inaugural exhibition was Mémoire by Sammy Baloji in partnership with Autograph ABP.

In 2020 Southwark Park Galleries will launch a high profile heritage development campaign to make vital repairs to further restore this beautiful listed building to ensure it can be the leading contemporary art venue in London for many more years to come.

You can support us to protect this earliest example of poured (in situ) concrete by joining our Concrete Block supporters’ circle, by making a donation, providing sponsorship, or get in touch to talk more.

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