Thursday, February 24, 2011
For the past year or so, every last Friday in the month has been Deptford Last Fridays – when most if not all the art venues in Deptford are open late (6.30-8pm), showing art and serving beer and wine. It complemented the East End's own First Thursdays.
The idea was initiated by Bearspace Gallery's Julia Alvarez, and along with Last Fridays came the Deptford Art Map, detailing events and shows in the neighbourhood.
Now Last Fridays has spread out to cover the whole of South London and the South Bank (including Tate Modern), with a corresponding South London Art Map. Julia is now director of SLAM and the website (www.southlondonartmap.com) has details of all participating galleries (over 90), an online magazine, and exhibition listings. Like Deptford Last Fridays there will also be Art Tours, and the area has been divided into three 'hubs' — Deptford, Peckham and Bankside, to include everything going on from Vauxhall to Greenwich and Brixton to Brockley.
A special badge has been designed by artist Hew Locke for the launch tomorrow evening, which can be collected from participating galleries – the first 30 people through any gallery door can collect one while stocks last...
To see who's participating locally in tomorrow's launch, see Last Fridays. Right on Crossfields' doorstep are APT Gallery, Core Gallery and Hatch Space. ArtHub (and possibly Creekside Artists) will be open (badges available), and a quick walk away are Arch and Bearspace. Walk a bit further (or get on yer bike) and there's Lewisham Arthouse, The Old Police Station, Utrophia, Tea Leaf Arts, The Agency, cueB...Or take a look at the map and venture further west to the next village.