Best Unusual Galleries in London

Any art lover is incredibly lucky to live in London, with amazing galleries such as The National Gallery and the Tate galleries, displaying some of the world's most important artworks. However it is easy to get distracted by these and forget about the smaller gems normally hiding around the corner. Here at Drawn Together we have compiled a list of our favourites. 

 

Hauser & Wirth

23 Savile Row, Mayfair, W1S 2ET

Hauser & Wirth Gallery

Hauser & Wirth Gallery

 

A smaller, white cube gallery in the heart of Mayfair. Hauser & Wirth is known world wide for representing modern emerging and established artists displaying any type of artwork from painting to video to installation. Each exhibition is perfectly curated, and Hauser & Wirth has been home to many of the more controversial art shows in London from Paul McCarthy's political sculptures to their interactive community centre. Check ahead for what's on as the gallery is closed inbetween exhibitions. 

Hauserwirth.com

 

The Courtauld Institute of Art

Strand, London, WC2R 0RN

 

The Courtauld Institute of Art

The Courtauld Institute of Art

Situated inside the beautiful Somerset House, the Courtauld displays what we personally feel is one of the best collection of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism paintings in London with artwork from Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin in the permanent collection and exhibitions from Henri Tolouse-Lautrec to Cezanne's Card Players to modern artists such as Frank Auerbach. 

Courtauld.ac.uk

 

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Gallery Rd, Dulwich, SE21 7AD

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery

 

A beautiful gallery situated in Dulwich Village in South London. The permanent exhibition displays an impressive collection of 17th and 18th Century European Old Masters. The temporary exhibitions are far more varied often exhibiting modern artists such as MC Esher and David Hockney, however, these exhibitions are often very busy so we recommend visiting early. The gallery is surrounded by beautiful grounds, so visit on a nice day! 

Dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

 

Jerwood Space

171 Union St, Southwark, SE1 0LN

Jerwood Space

Jerwood Space

Home of the Jerwood Drawing Prize, the Jerwood Gallery is a small bright space not far from London Bridge that supports vibrant emerging artists. We highly recommend visiting during the Drawing Prize as this is one of the largest drawing exhibitions in the UK. The show celebrates drawing as a finished art form and the artists are always extremely varied demonstrating abstract to more realistic styles. 

Jerwoodvisualarts.co.uk

www.jerwoodspace.co.uk

Workspace

The Drawn Together Art Collective was founded a few years ago in an eclectic South London studio. Inspired by our surroundings and each others work, we decided to join forces and embark on a new creative direction together. We continued working from our first studio for over a year before we thought it was time to move on to something more permanent (and somewhere a little bit warmer...). We’ve recently moved in to a lovely newly built art studio in Streatham in South London, situated in stunning refurbished railway arches, surrounded by a beautiful open roof atrium and original Victorian London yellow-stock brickwork.

As well as our studio space in Streatham we also have our own workspaces at home, splitting our time working between the two. Rebecca’s job as a private art tutor takes her to clients all over London, so she often has to carry out personal artwork on the go, bringing her sketchbook along as she travels through the city. Maria and Hazel tend to be in the studio most days, working on commissions, paintings and illustrations. 

We’ve tried to make our workspace as homely as possible and surround ourselves with inspirational images and objects. Maria and Rebecca love pinning images, postcards and artwork on the wall for inspiration. Hazel likes to surrounds herself with trinkets and found objects, but when working on her intricate watercolours she tends to keep her desk completely clear of clutter. By a stroke of luck, just as we were moving in to the studio, we managed to salvage two large antique plan chests from a local secondary school that were refurbishing their art classrooms, after a lots of love and polish these now take pride of place in our arch. 

Working together in an art collective and a shared creative environment has been a great inspiration for us. We all have our ups and down and understand how difficult it can be to keep motivated when working on our own, so it has been fantastic to be able to have a network of fellow creatives at hand to bounce ideas off, or just someone to share a cup of tea and a chat with. 

If you would like to see any of our products before you buy, or talk to us about a possible commission, please feel free to contact us to book a visit to our studio.

First market of 2017

We had a wonderful day trading on our stall at SoLo Craft Fair in the iconic Balham Bowls Club.  It was our first market of the year and was lovely to be back, promoting new artworks, meeting customers and other creative stallholders, whilst enjoying the rousing tunes of the local Ukelele Society.  We are looking forward to selling at another unique SoLo Craft Fair event in April, this time at the Prince of Wales in Brixton on the 2nd of April, 12-4pm.  Make sure you pop down and see us there!

St Lucia Inspiration

The start of the year has been an exciting time for our art collective, as we took our first "work" trip to the stunning sundrenched Caribbean island of St. Lucia.  Inspired by many of the luscious sights on our travels we have begun creating intricate and beautiful artworks of our finds, from the impressive vistas and Piton mountain peaks, to the fragile humming birds and delicate exotic flowers of the tropical botanical gardens.  We hope to debut these artworks as part of our upcoming Spring collection.

Welcome to our blog

It's all go for our little art collective, with the new year comes this shiny new website which we hope you will enjoy. Following on from the success of a fantastic 2016 we are busy in the studio planning for the coming year.  In February we hope to find creative inspiration from our travels to the Tropics, so keep an eye out for exotic new pieces.  We are also excited to continue trading with our favourite craft markets and look forward to trying a number of beautiful new venues - it would be wonderful to meet you, so please check our calender for dates and locations. 

Hazel, Maria and Rebecca

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