Surrey Quays welcomes ‘Art of Isolation’ lockdown exhibition

A new exhibition, showcasing more than 230 pieces of art produced during lockdown, is now on display at Surrey Quays.

Curated by South London artist Rod Kitson, the ‘Art of Isolation’ platforms the work of 140 people from around the country, including works from well-known artists Wilfrid Wood, Marc Craig and Nick Richards. 

It features everything from portraits to DIY projects, all created in the lockdown months.

The pop-up gallery is located upstairs in the shopping centre, next to Boots Opticians, and will be open from 11am-7pm Monday to Saturday and 11am-5pm Sunday from 18th July until 1st August.

Entry is free of charge and extra measures have been implemented to ensure visitors can maintain social distancing.

This is all about celebrating the different ways we have responded to these strange times. I wanted to show the creative energy of what people have produced in isolation, bringing the artwork together even though we have to stay apart. With the work tightly packed on the walls, my aim is for this to be a symbolic antidote to social distancing

Rod Kitson

Surrey Quays Shopping Centre is home to over 40 shops and loads of places to stop to eat and drink, such as Pizza 1889, Sushi Momoda and Mange Tout. Shops include New Look, River Island, Dorothy Perkins, Clarks, Burton, Next and lots more.

Meanwhile, next door at Surrey Quays Leisure Park visitors can enjoy the Odeon cinema and Hollywood Bowl, plus restaurants including Pizza Hut and Frankie & Benny’s.

With 1,300 parking spaces, free for up to four hours (no return within two hours), a visit to Surrey Quays in Rotherhithe couldn’t be easier. The Shopping Centre also offers an accessibility service with wheelchairs available free of charge from the management office.

Surrey Quays is open from 9.30am – 7.00pm on Monday to Friday, from 9.00am – 7.00pm on Saturday and 11.00am – 5.00pm on Sunday. Store opening times may vary. Food, cinema and leisure will be open later – please check retailer websites for further details.

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