The New Art Spaces to Visit in London

RA Collection Gallery
RA Collection Gallery | Photo: Rory Mulvey
Photo of Freire Barnes
Art & Design Editor18 September 2018

Discover the best new art spaces and galleries opening in London in 2018.

Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art

Art Gallery
Goldsmiths Centre for contemporary art gallery designed by Assemble 2018
Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art opened at the well-known art school in 2018 | © Joanne Underhill / Alamy Stock Photo

This September, the art college that launched many of the YBA’s careers will open its new public art gallery, the Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art (Goldsmiths CCA). Designed by the Turner Prize-winning architecture collective Assemble, Goldsmiths CCA will be located in a redeveloped Grade II-listed building on the college’s campus. Boasting eight gallery spaces, the gallery launches with a solo show by Argentinian artist Mika Rottenberg.

Installation view, Mika Rottenberg, Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, 2018 | Courtesy of the artist and Goldsmiths CCA. Photo: Andy Keate

Elephant West

Art Gallery
Elephant West Exterior-1
Exterior of Elephant West | Image: © Liddicoat & Goldhill

Elephant magazine are set to open their first creative hub in White City in autumn 2018. On the site of a former petrol station that artistic duo Craig & Karl gave a kaleidoscopic revamp to last year, Elephant West is being designed by architects Liddicoat and Goldhill and will provide the West London community with a space for art shows, music performances, film screenings, live dance and talks.

Japan House London

Art Gallery, Bookstore, Shop, Theatre
Japan House London_Sou Fujimoto Futures of the Future exhibition © Lee Mawdsley
Sou Fujimoto Futures of the Future exhibition at Japan House London | © Lee Mawdsley

Japan House have launched their London outpost in a renovated Art Deco building on High Street Kensington. With a gallery, theatre, library, restaurant and retail space, Japan House brings the best of Japanese culture and gastronomy together all under one roof. Their inaugural exhibition is devoted to the innovative Japanese architect, Sou Fujimoto, who has filled the lower gallery space with a number of architectural models that reveal his interest in connecting inhabited space with nature.

Sou Fujimoto’s ‘Futures of the Future’ exhibition at Japan House London | Photo: © Lee Mawdsley

The Bower

Art Gallery, Park
The Bower
The Bower gallery in Brunswick Park was once an old toilet block | © Louisa Bailey and Joyce Cronin
This new gallery and publishing hub in Brunswick Park, Camberwell was once a Ladies’ toilets. Conceived by Louisa Bailey and Joyce Cronin, The Bower is the perfect example of what innovative vision can achieve. After a successful crowdfunding campaign, the duo worked with architects Claire and Kazuya Nakamoto to create this new and engaging community space. They opened in June with a film installation by Frances Scott and a programme of workshops, including How to Self Publish.

New Wallace Collection Space

The Wallace Collection, Hertford House
The Wallace Collection is on display at Hertford House in Central London | © The Wallace Collection
This summer the Wallace Collection reveals its £1.2 million exhibition space, to mark 200 years since the birth of its founder Sir Richard Wallace. The first show gives an introduction to Wallace’s philanthropic pursuits and how he built an impressive art collection that includes armour, rococo masterpieces like The Swing (1767) by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Sevres porcelain and imperial cups from China. While the main galleries in Hertford House are exquisite examples of resplendent 18th-century interior design, the new space in the basement gives a refreshing contemporary take on a world-renowned collection.
Installation view of ‘Sir Richard Wallace: The Collector’ | © The Wallace Collection

Blue Projects

Art Gallery
Blue Projects | Courtesy Blue Mountain School

Within the Blue Mountain School – an interdisciplinary initiative in Shoreditch that encourages dialogue across diverse practices – Blue Projects offers artists a unique exhibiting platform and audiences a varied exhibition programme to reflect the innovative nature of this new enterprise.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries

Art Gallery, Cathedral
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries at Westminster Abbey, 2018 | Photo: Alan Williams. Courtesy of Westminster Abbey

50ft (16-metres) above Westminster Abbey’s floor, the medieval Triforium – which English poet and writer John Betjeman described as having the ‘best view in Europe’ – has opened for the first time to the public. Renovated as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries, here you can learn about the thousand-year history of Westminster Abbey through exquisite treasures from its collection which includes an illuminated 14th-century service book, Mary II’s Coronation Chair and The Westminster Retable, the oldest surviving altarpiece from Henry III’s Abbey.

View of the Triforium | Photo: Alan Williams. Courtesy of Westminster Abbey

Public Gallery

Art Gallery
Public Gallery London
Public Gallery in Hackney Downs | Courtesy of the gallery

Set within the Hackney Downs Studios, Public Gallery is East London’s newest art space. Focusing on fostering the careers of emerging artists, co-directors Alex Harrison and Harry Dougall have curated an exhibition programme of solo shows of young painters, including Mia Wilkinson, Anna Hymas and Alice Neave.

RA Burlington Gardens

Museum, School, Art Gallery
London, UK. 11th Oct, 2021. Silent Fall, 2021, a multi-sensory mirrored installation by A.A. Murakami, presented by Superblue in Burlington Gardens from 12 Oct 2021 to Summer 2022. A mirrored grove of tree-like automata, which release scented bubbles that

Silent Fall, 2021, a multi-sensory mirrored installation by A.A. Murakami at the RA in Burlington Gardens | © Guy Bell / Alamy Live News

Back in May, the Royal Academy of Arts (RA) who are celebrating their 250th anniversary, unveiled their expansion into Burlington Gardens – the former Museum of Mankind. The redevelopment, which now links both sites, was led by the renowned architect Sir David Chipperfield CBE RA, giving the RA 70% more public space. A display of Tacita Dean’s epic photographic and film work inaugurates the new Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries, while the new Collections Gallery enables important pieces from the RA’s collection to go on show, including Michelangelo’s Taddei Tondo (around 1504-05) and Giampietrino’s The Last Supper (around 1520). In addition to the expanded gallery spaces, there is a 250-seat lecture theatre and a new all-day restaurant that takes over the grand Senate Room.

CAMA Gallery

Art Gallery
CAMA Gallery_Hamid Jebeli_Untitled
A visitor looks at images of works by Iranian film director Hamid Jebeli | © Samir Bhatnagar and CAMA Gallery

Specialising in contemporary Iranian Art, CAMA Gallery have now opened a permanent space in London. Based on the Tehran gallery, the insightful and informed exhibitions strategy will be mirrored in the Westminster space. Overseen by curator and author Mona Khosheghbal, who brings over 20 years experience in the Iranian art market, the London outpost will introduce the works of important Iranian artists to a new audience. For their second show, they will present the contemporary artist Ali Nedaei, whose work explores Persian mythology.

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