AC­TION STA­TIONS

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Escape -

It’s the dream of ev­ery di­rec­tor of a small, pub­licly-funded art gallery to gain an anony­mous bene­fac­tor. And South Lon­don Gallery in Peck­ham got ex­actly that when they re­ceived a very spe­cial do­na­tion: a Grade Ii-listed for­mer fire sta­tion (Lon­don’s first to be pur­pose-built, in 1867). Bri­tish prac­tice 6a Ar­chi­tects (read more about them in our di­rec­tory on p83), which worked on the main site’s ex­ten­sion in 2010, has re­designed it to make way for brand-new ex­hi­bi­tion and ed­u­ca­tion spa­ces, as well as an ar­chive, an artist-in­res­i­dence’s stu­dio and a com­mu­nal kitchen. ‘Knock Knock’, the open­ing show, ex­plores the hu­mour in to­day’s art: ex­pect work by Brit Sarah Lucas and a flock of con­crete sheep by Ger­man artist Ju­dith Hopf. Un­til 18 Novem­ber (southlon­don­gallery.org).

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