With the weather being sunny one minute and rainy the next, it’s always hard to plan your weekend accordingly. If you’re going for a mooch around London and have spare time to fill this weekend, visiting galleries is the perfect buffer in-between meeting your friends for a quick coffee and taking your parents out for lunch. We’ve picked out the top five galleries in the capital where you can feel free and wander.
Image: Meiner Gallery
51 Southwark Street, SE1 1RU
Monday- Saturday, 11am-6pm
The Meiner Gallery offers a minimalistic yet dramatic space to view contemporary works of art and design. It’s located minutes away from some of London’s most popular spots; London Bridge, Borough Market and Tate Modern, and is a place where you can drop in to take a minute viewing the artwork and relaxing. On Monday 8th May, Meiner welcomes London Potters to the gallery, filling the space with vibrant and decorative works from clay professionals and enthusiasts. So, if pottery is up your street, then why not head over after a bite to eat at Borough Market?
Image: East End Print Facebook
East End Prints
Railway Arch, 359 Westgate Street, E8 3RN
Tuesday- Friday, 10am-6pm
East End Prints is a shop rather than a gallery, however, with their graphic-prints hung all around the entirety of the shop, it may as well be. The team here are dedicated to finding the very best of UK and international art and illustration, with a carefully handpicked collection that supports emerging young artists. With over 2000 prints by 70 artists, this place is a vibrant spot that you should hit this summer. Whether you’re looking to brighten up your home or just going for a nosey, it’s worth a trip.
Image: The Bomb Factory Facebook
The Bomb Factory – Art Foundation
Unit 2, 9-15 Elthorne Road, N19 4AJ
Friday-Sunday 12pm-6pm (Exhibition times)
This independent space opened in 2015, and is an artist led non-profit organization offering affordable studio, gallery and workshop spaces. The Bomb Factory provides a place where individuals can come together to support, experience and create contemporary art through an evolving programme of exhibitions, open studio events, talks and activities. On the 4th May, The Bomb Factory brings their Film Festival III, screening works of moving image, media art, narrative and experimental films. For tickets and more information book here, and for upcoming events take a look here.
Image: Whitechapel Gallery Website
77-82 Whitechapel Gallery, High Street, E1 7QX
Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday, 11am-6pm
The Whitechapel Gallery is worth a stop off for anybody who regular hangs out in East London. Right near the start of Brick Lane, the gallery is a beautiful, open space where you can take a leisurely wander around a number of contemporary exhibits. On their roster they have had world-class artists, from Picasso to Frida Kahlo and Mark Rothko. At the moment, four exhibitions are living within the gallery and all of them are worth your time. To find out more, take a look here.
Image: Chisenhale Gallery
64 Chisenhale Road, E3 5QZ
Chisenhale Gallery has been running from the early 1980s, and it offers a supporting space for artists to show their work as well as pursue new directions and create ambitious work. On now until the 4th June is the Maeve Brennan exhibition, The Drift, a film produced by the gallery themselves which looks at shifting economies of objects in contemporary Lebanon. It cleverly combines documentary footage and stage scenes which depict the layered histories and communities within Lebanon. For more information about this exhibition take a look here.
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