Following last year’s highly successful tour of galleries in Hackney, this year we visited Deptford an area of south east London very close to Camberwell College of Arts which is full of intriguing art spaces. South London Art Map lead the tour starting at Bearspace Gallery.
Divus London – the UK base of a Czech publisher, with a gallery/reading room:
lubomirov easton was installing a show with a rolling call for limited edition artworks – currently more than 100!
Next we walked past the now empty Faircharm Estate which was previously a centre for a wide variety of creative activity but now earmarked for demolition and new buildings.
APT Gallery‘s huge space was next:
Number 57 is housed in an old chemist and they have kept the beautiful old sign:
Next was Lewisham Art House and an amazing exhibition by children from the local Myatt Garden Primary School. An obviously incredible teacher, Karen Vost, had coordinated a week long creative project inspired by a single work of art, ‘Mr and Mrs Andrews’ by Thomas Gainsborough. Some of the work was simply stunning and it was hard not to think of the Picasso quote, ‘It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.’ (Quoted in: Peter Erskine, Rick Mattingly (1998) Drum Perspective, p. 73):