South London Gallery has been introduced as an Artwork Fund Museum of the 12 months 2020 winner, probably the most prestigious museum prize on the earth
Lead picture: SLG © Andy Stagg
SLG – based within the 19th century by philanthropist William Rossiter to ‘convey artwork to the folks of south London’ – is one among 5 successful museums that may equally share the £200,000 award (a 40% rise over earlier years to assist museums sort out the unprecedented challenges attributable to the Covid-19 pandemic).
Sharing the prize with SLG – which now has two websites; the unique gallery at 65 Peckham Street and the brand new Hearth Station, situated throughout the street, which opened in 2018 – is the Science Museum in South Kensington, Aberdeen Artwork Gallery, Gairloch Museum in Scotland and Towner Eastbourne.
‘To be joint Artwork Fund Museum of the 12 months 2020 is a implausible endorsement of our work and one which we hope will entice folks from throughout the UK and past to go to the SLG,’ mentioned Margot Heller, South London Gallery Director.
Ann Veronica Janssens: Scorching Pink Turquoise is at the moment exhibiting at SLG (pictured left to proper: Set up view of Magic Mirror (Blue), 2012, Untitled (Blue Glitter), 2015 – ongoing and Canicule #2, 2011–2015. Picture: Andy Stag)
‘We have now an amazing popularity amongst those who know the gallery, however there may be big potential for that to develop.
‘There are many causes to go to, from Bloomberg New Contemporaries in December to solo exhibits by the American painter Christina Quarles and London-based Rita Keegan in spring 2021, and a celebration to mark the fifth anniversary of our stunning backyard designed by Gabriel Orozco in September of subsequent yr.
‘The prize cash will imply we are able to proceed to develop this work with our instant neighbours’
‘The monetary insecurity led to by the Coronavirus lockdown has been vastly difficult for SLG, significantly when coupled with the necessity to discover new, socially distanced methods to attach with native faculties, youngsters and households.
‘The awarded prize cash will imply we are able to proceed to develop this work with our instant neighbours, and in addition launch an thrilling new artist fee, constructing on the Artwork Fund’s previous assist of main artworks on the SLG.’
The launch of the SLG’s new area in a transformed former Victorian fireplace station kicked off one of the crucial transformative years within the SLG’s historical past.
The annexe doubled the organisation’s footprint, creating new alternatives to have interaction audiences in new methods with initiatives like SLG Hosts, a brand new collection of initiatives and shows by impartial teams with out exhibition areas; The Flavour Cravers, which invited visitor cooks to show youngsters new cooking abilities; SLG Expertise, a programme of inventive courses and workshops; and weekly weekend drop-in actions for households.
The gallery’s dedication to group engagement was one of many issues that impressed the Artwork Fund Museum of the 12 months 2020 judging panel: ‘The 5 Artwork Fund Museum of the 12 months 2020 winners are distinctive examples of museums providing inspiration, reflection and pleasure within the coronary heart of communities,’ mentioned Jenny Waldman, Director of Artwork Fund.
‘The Supply of Artwork is within the Lifetime of a Folks: A Poem’ is a movie impressed by the SLG and specifically commissioned for our Artwork Fund Museum of the 12 months week of digital celebration
‘The UK’s museums – admired worldwide and very important regionally – have been thriving earlier than Covid-19, ‘ she continues. ‘Now they might help rebuild our communities and confidence as we emerge from the virus. We’re delighted the prize cash will allow SLG to proceed its vital work with the local people.’
The SLG’s present exhibition, Ann Veronica Janssens: Scorching Pink Turquoise, runs till 29 November.
The primary main presentation of Belgian artist Ann Veronica Janssens’ work in London, the exhibition spans the SLG’s Principal Gallery and three flooring of the Hearth Station, with works starting from an expanse of glitter by means of to a colored gentle set up exploring concepts round notion.
South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Street, Camberwell SE5 8UH
Hearth Station, 82 Peckham Street SE15 5LQ