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South London Gallery

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  • 1880s to 2010

The South London Gallery archive collection contains the organisational records of the gallery from the 1880s onwards.

South London Gallery

Company History

Material relating to the early history of the gallery, including items such as: annual reports, trust deed, correspondence, publications and press cuttings. There is also an accident log book from the 1950s to the 1990s.

Annual report for 1885

Two copies of the annual report for 1885 of the South London Fine Art Gallery. The report includes: the number of visitors; a list of donations of books; a list of works of art lent (or given) to the gallery; receipts; expenditure; subscriptions a...

Annual report for 1893

A pamphlet produced by the South London Fine Art Gallery dated 30 July 1894 to 31 May 1895. Includes: the annual report for 1893; a transcript of an address given by Herbert Beerbohm Tree at the 26th annual meeting of the gallery; rules for visito...

Speech by Henry Irving

A typescript copy of a speech delivered by Henry Irving at a public meeting on 18 July 1890 [the speech was reproduced in a pamphlet produced by the South London Fine Art Gallery in which it is stated that the meeting took place at the Suffolk Str...

Pamphlet: South London Art Gallery

A pamphlet about the South London Art Gallery, produced by the Borough of Camberwell, including three reproductions of black-and-white photographs (of the Ruskin Gallery, the Passmore Edwards Gallery and the Engraving Gallery). The typescript text...

Annual report for 1889

Annual report of the South London Fine Art Gallery for 1889. Includes information about the gallery's move in 1887 to Battersea, and plans to build a new permanent gallery.

Report of Building Fund

Two copies of a report on the progression of building works of the new gallery. Completion of the gallery had been delayed due to a problem raising the necessary funds, as explained by a section in the report dated 1 January 1891: 'Unfortunat...

Council and Trustees

The gallery's trust deed from 1891 and the registers of those who attended the gallery's annual council meetings in 1891, 1892 and 1893.

Trust Deed

The trust deed, drawn up between the members of the gallery's council and the gallery's trustees, dated 25 May 1891.

Annual meeting registers

Signatures of those who attended the 23rd, 24th and 25th annual meetings, in 1891, 1892 and 1893 respectively.(It is not known why or by whom the date stamps were added.)

Finance

Mostly handwritten notes relating to the gallery's accounts from 1886 to 1895.

Letters

Thirteen letters, including one from Francis Knollys, secretary to the Prince of Wales, about the opening of the lecture hall, and one from Kenneth Sharpe, keeper of the South London Art Gallery, to Tommy Steele about finding a suitable home for a...

Building

Copies of reproductions of the exterior of Portland House and the lecture hall (both are reprinted from 1893 publications) and a floorplan of the gallery, probably drawn in the 1930s (notes about a different building on the back of the paper are d...

Reproduction of Portland House

A copy of a reproduction of the outside of Portland House, the house which William Rossiter bought in 1889 and which opened in May 1891 as the South London Fine Art Gallery.

Accident book

A book in which accidents which had taken place at the gallery were recorded; only limited information is given.

Press cuttings

An article from an unknown publication about William Rossiter and how he set of the South London Working Men's College and the South London Gallery. It also makes reference to his wife Elizabeth Rossiter's work with 'Country Schools...

SLG Newspapers

Between 2002 and 2010, the South London Gallery published a newspaper to accompany all of its major exhibitions. Issue number 7 and a half was a smaller edition paper, produced while the gallery was closed for a building project but still activel...

SLG 1 (newspaper)

SLG 1 was the first newspaper produced by the SLG. It was mainly dedicated to the exhibition 'Keith Tyson: Supercollider' held at the gallery from 16 January to 17 March 2002. Features specially commissioned pages by Keith Tyson, and inf...

SLG 9 (newspaper)

SLG newspaper mainly dedicated to the exhibition 'Once Upon a Time' by Steve McQueen (17 Oct to 7 Nov 2004). Features a pull out section selected by Steve McQueen. Includes information about upcoming events and education, live art by Fra...

SLG 10 (newspaper)

SLG newspaper mainly dedicated to the exhibition 'J'Accuse' by Henrik Plenge Jacobsen (1 Jan to 27 Feb 2005). Features a pull out section created by Henrik Plenge Jacobsen. Includes information about upcoming events and education, l...

SLG 11 (newspaper)

SLG newspaper mainly dedicated to the exhibition 'Depth of Field: Images of Lagos and London' (10 Mar to 8 May 2005). Features a pull out section created by Depth Of Field. Includes information about upcoming events and education, film s...

SLG 12 (newspaper)

SLG newspaper mainly dedicated to the exhibition 'Microcosmographia' by Marc Dion (9 Sep to 30 Oct 2005). Features a pull out section created by Marc Dion. Includes information about upcoming events and education, and special projects, a...

SLG 13 (newspaper)

SLG newspaper mainly dedicated to the exhibition 'The Well' by Daniel Roth (1 Feb to 12 March 2006). Features a pull out section created by Daniel Roth. Includes information about upcoming events and education, live art by The Wolf in th...

SLG 14 (newspaper)

SLG newspaper mainly dedicated to the exhibition 'Chris Burden: 14 Magnolia Double Lamps' (15 Sep to 5 Nov 2006), and the off-site project 'Chris Burden: The Flying Steamroller'. Features specially commissioned pages by Chris ...

SLG 15 (newspaper)

SLG newspaper mainly dedicated to the exhibition 'Melik Ohanian: Seven Minutes Before' (16 Nov to 22 Dec 2006) and the off-site projects 'Invisible Film' and 'Peripherical Communities'. Features specially commissione...

SLG 16 (newspaper)

SLG newspaper mainly dedicated to the exhibition 'About Nothing: Works on Paper 1962-2007: John Armleder' (2 Feb to 25 Mar 2007) and the screening of Ecart Group: Selected Video Performances from 1962-1977. Includes specially commissione...

SLG 17 (newspaper)

SLG newspaper mainly dedicated to the exhibition 'Stay forever and ever and ever' curated by Andrew Renton (2 May to June 2007) featuring artists Maarten Baas, Martin Boyce, Spartacus Chetwynd, Tony Conrad, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Jeroen d...

SLG 18 (newspaper)

SLG newspaper mainly dedicated to the Eva Rothschild's solo exhibition at the gallery (13 Sep to 4 Nov 2007). Features a description of her work and solo exhibition. Includes information about upcoming education and community projects, Live A...

SLG 2 (newspaper)

A newspaper produced by the SLG mainly dedicated to the exhibition 'Christian Boltanski: Les Abonnes du Telephone' held at the gallery from 27 March to 2 May 2002. Features specially commissioned pages by Christian Boltanski including a ...

SLG 19 (newspaper)

A newspaper produced by the SLG mainly dedicated to Berlin-based artist Thomas Zipp. Includes information about the exhibition, Planet Caravan. Is there life after death? A futuristic world fair (16 Nov to 13 Jan 2008). Includes a pull-out section...

SLG 20 (newspaper)

A newspaper mainly dedicated to the exhibition 'Alfredo Jaar: Politics of the Image' (16 Feb to 6 Apr 2008). Features information about the exhibition and a pull-out section by the artist. Also included is information about a screening b...

SLG 21 (newspaper)

A newspaper produced by the SLG mainly dedicated to the exhibition 'Ryan Gander, Heralded as the New Black' held at the gallery from 24 April to 22 June 2008. Includes details of related events. Also features specially commissioned pages...

SLG 22 (newspaper)

A newspaper produced by the SLG mainly dedicated to the exhibition 'Suspension Point by Rivane Neuenschwander' held at the gallery from 3 October to 30 November 2008. Includes details of related events. Also features specially commission...

SLG 23 (newspaper)

SLG newspaper mainly dedicated to the exhibition 'Superflex: Flooded McDonald's', held at the gallery from 16 January to 1 March 2009. Includes details of related events and a pull-out featuring production photographs from their new...

SLG 24 (newspaper)

SLG newspaper mainly dedicated to the exhibition 'Ellen Gallagher' held at the gallery from 18 March to 3 May 2009. Includes a description of her work and the exhibition. Features a diary of Double Take, a collaborative project between t...

SLG 25 (newspaper)

A newspaper produced by the SLG mainly dedicated to the exhibition 'Omer Fast: Nostagia' held at the gallery from 7 October to 6 December 2009. Includes details of the exhibition and related events. Also features specially commissioned p...

SLG 26 (newspaper)

A newspaper produced by the SLG mainly dedicated to the exhibition by 'Michael Landy; Art Bin' held at the gallery from 29 January to 14 March 2010. Includes a pull-out section on destruction in art compiled by the artist. Also features...

SLG 3 (newspaper)

A newspaper produced by the SLG mainly dedicated to the exhibition 'Joelle Tuerlinckx: In Real Time' held at the gallery from 21 May to 7 July 2002. Features specially commissioned pages by Joelle Tuerlinckx; 2002 series newspaper with p...

SLG 4 (newspaper)

SLG newspaper mainly dedicated to the exhibition, 'About Belief: Joost Conijn, Mark Dean, Jonathan Monk, Marko Maetamm, Arturas Raila, Milica Tomic and Sarah Tripp'. Includes Max Velmans in conversation with Jennifer Mojica and Vita Zame...

SLG 5 (newspaper)

A newspaper produced by the SLG mainly dedicated to the exhibition '20 Million Mexicans Can't be wrong' held at the gallery from 18 September to 17 November 2002. Includes details of related events, including an audio project by San...

SLG 6 (newspaper)

A newspaper produced by the SLG mainly dedicated to the exhibition 'Simon Starling: Djungel' held at the gallery from 29 January to 16 March 2003. Includes details of related events. Features specially commissioned pages by Simon Starlin...

SLG 7 (newspaper)

Newspaper produced by the SLG. It was a special edition celebrating the South London Gallery becoming independent.  Mainly dedicated to 'Independence' exhibition held at the gallery from 3 June to 3 August 2003 in which over one hundred ...

SLG 7.5 (newspaper)

An interim edition of the SLG newspaper, giving an update on things going on in the gallery since the closure to the public for renovation work. Includes details of the new board of trustees, new staff, added artwork, the development of the educat...

SLG 8 (newspaper)

SLG Newspaper published following the re-opening of the gallery following refurbishment. References the exhibition of work by Tom Friedman, held at the gallery from 15 June to 1 Aug 2004; the exhibition 'Beating about the Bush in the 'Se...

Peckham Road Fire Station

In 2014 the South London Gallery was given the former Peckham Road Fire Station by an anonymous donor.Built in 1867, one year after the formation of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, the station was decommissioned in 1925 (a new fire station opened o...

John Loftus

An interview conducted by the Art Assassins (the South London Gallery's young people's group) with John Loftus, who was the site manager during the restoration of the former Peckham Road Fire Station. John grew up in Peckham and knows th...

Peckham Experiment

Interviews were conducted as part of 'The Peckham Experiment: A Centre for Self-Organisation', a Heritage Lottery funded project led by the Art Assassins (the SLG's young people's group) working with the Pioneer Health Foundati...

Dorothy Batten

An interview with Dorothy Batten who, as a child, attended the Pioneer Health Centre in Peckham with her family. The interview was conducted by the Art Assassins (the South London Gallery's young people's group) as part of the their proj...

Henrietta Trotter

An interview with Henrietta Trotter who used to work at the Pioneer Health Centre in Peckham. The interview was conducted by the Art Assassins (the South London Gallery's young people's group) as part of the their project focused on the ...

Camberwell House Lunatic Asylum

Part of the South London Gallery's Evidence of Us heritage programme.Camberwell House Lunatic Asylum opened on Peckham Road in 1846. By 1878 it was the second largest asylum in London, licensed to accommodate 362 patients. It closed in 1955 a...

Liz Sibthorpe

An interview with Liz Sibthorpe, conducted by Ben Messih (SLG Heritage Education Manager) about the former Camberwell House Lunatic Asylum. Liz excavated objects from land where the asylum had once been located (part of the grounds of the asylum w...

Interview with Liz Sibthorpe, part 1

Part one of an interview with Liz Sibthorpe about her research into Camberwell House Lunatic Asylum, and the objects associated with the asylum which she excavated. Listen to the interview here

Interview with Liz Sibthorpe, part 2

Part two of an interview with Liz Sibthorpe about her research into Camberwell House Lunatic Asylum, and the objects associated with the asylum which she excavated. Listen to the interview here

Photographs by Phil Polglaze

A collection of black-and-white photographs taken by freelance photographer Phil Polglaze at the South London Art Gallery in the 1980s and early 1990s. Most were taken at the time of private views of exhibitions. Generally the photographs were com...

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