Art Galleries and Museums

Art Galleries & Museums

Best-Face-Forward-15x15cm-copy-190x190Here are some of our favourite art galleries, picture framers and museums in the Clapham area. Scroll down for our tips on choosing and buying art. See our Arts & Crafts Classes section too.

Art Galleries

Art Movement
61 Queenstown Road, Battersea SW8 3RG, T: 07973 692494
Friendly art gallery and consultancy. (Painting: Best Face Forward by Sam Toft)

Clapham Venn St Picture Framers
61 Venn Street, Clapham SW4 0BD
Bespoke picture framers.

Foss Fine Art Gallery
113b Northcote Road (entrance on Wakehurst Road), SW11 6PW, T: 020 738 0838
Small gallery specialising in contemporary British fine art. Regular exhibitions.

Gallery Midnight
12 Ritherdon Road, London SW17 8QD, T: 020 8772 4747
Gallery and shop which also runs art classes for adults, teenagers and children. Check website for details.

Gallery on the Corner
155 Battersea Park Road, SW8 4BU
New, small gallery space with regular exhibitions planned.

Ingo Fincke gallery and framers
24 Battersea Rise, SW11 1EE
Trading since 1959, this gallery and framers has a loyal following. The gallery showcases original artworks, limited editions and prints from new and established artists plus an extensive collection of limited edition prints featuring children’s favourite storybook characters. OwnArt scheme available.

JP Art Gallery
18 Battersea Rise, SW11 1EE, T: 07929 632277
An art consultancy and gallery specialising in local and emerging fine contemporary art.

Northcote Gallery
110 Northcote Road, SW11 6QP, T:020 7924 6741
Specialists in modern British and International contemporary paintings and sculpture.

Oil & Water Contemporary Art Gallery
340 Old York Road, Wandsworth SW18 , T: 020 8704 4327
Independent gallery focussing on original paintings, prints (original and limited edition), sculpture and ceramics. Regular exhibitions.

Oliver Contemporary Art Gallery
17 Bellevue Road, Wandsworth Common, SW17 7EG, T: 020 8767 8822
New and established contemporary artists and sculptors working within the Modern British tradition.

Plus One Gallery
Trafalgar House, Battersea Reach, Juniper Drive SW18 1GY
Recently relocated from Pimlico, this gallery focusses on contemporary hyperrealist art.

Pond Framing
Basement workshop, 26 The Pavement, Clapham Old Town, SW4 0JA, T: 020 7622 4501
Framing service and artists’ materials.

Pump House Gallery
Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ, T: 020 8871 7572
A public contemporary arts space in a unique four-storey Victorian building beside the lake in Battersea Park. Regular exhibitions and art sessions including family friendly activities.

Royal College of Art
1 Hester Road, Battersea, SW11 4AN, T: 020 7590 4444
The largest part of the Royal College of Art campus, the Dyson building also shows regular exhibitions of students’ work and visiting exhibitions. The graduate show takes place around mid-June each year. Limited edition prints by RCA graduates are available via the website.

Studio Voltaire
1a Nelson’s Row, Clapham SW4 7JR T: 020 7622 1294
Studio Voltaire is the first and only artist-led gallery and studio complex in South West London. Regular exhibitions plus affordable studio space.

The Last Supper
42 Webbs Road, Battersea SW11 6SF, T: 020 7223 8900
Small, contemporary gallery. Always looking for suitable artists.

Webbs Fine Art Gallery
1 Burland Road, SW11 6SA, T: 020 7223 1733
The exhibition space of this established gallery includes three floors within a Victorian building. Artists featured are generally of the ‘contemporary impressionism’ style.


Brixton Windmill
Windmill Gardens, West end of Blenheim Gardens, Off Brixton Hill, London, SW2 5EU
Brixton Windmill tours are scheduled on specific dates from April – October so check their website for details.

Chocolate Museum
187 Ferndale Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8BA
Discover how chocolate is made at the museum (free entry but check website for opening times) and/or book a chocolate making workshop.

Cinema Museum
2 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road), London SE11 4TH, T: 020 7840 2200
For dedicated film buffs, hop on the northern line to Kennington to a museum that houses a unique collection of cinematic artefacts and memorabilia. Tours must be pre-booked.

575 Wandsworth Road, Lambeth, London, London, SW8 3JD, T: 020 7720 9459
This 19th century terraced house looks unremarkable from the outside but inside is quite extraordinary with striking interiors created by Khadambi Asalache  a Kenyan-born poet, novelist, philosopher of mathematics and British civil servant. Tours open March-November.

London Sewing Machine Museum
292-312 Balham High Road, London SW17 7AA, T: 020 8767 4724
Some 600+ beautiful vintage sewing machines on display. Open on the first Saturday of each month, 2-5pm (but phone first to check). Admission free.

Soseki Museum
80b The Chase, Clapham, SW4 0NG, T: 020 7720 8718
This terraced house has been converted into a museum devoted to the Japanese novelist Soseki Natsume, who lived there from 1900 to 1902. Telephone for details (the first part of the message is in Japanese so be patient!)

Wandsworth Museum
Museum is now closed. However it is planned that it will join forces Battersea Arts Centre to provide a new programme of culture and heritage in south west London.

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
A bit further afield but a must for tennis fans. Tours available or you can choose a self-guided walk around the museum.

Making sense of art

Can’t tell an artist’s proof from a digital print? Our tips on choosing and buying art will help to unravel some of the art jargon.

An original painting is what it says on the canvas: the original piece created by the artist. Look for the artist’s signature and expect to pay more for an original for obvious reasons!

An original print – to use the definition on the Affordable Art Fair’s website – is ‘an artwork that has been created and hand printed by the artist from a plate, block, stone, or stencil, which has also been handmade to produce the desired image’.

An Artist’s Proof (often seen as A/P) is the first print (or few prints) to be made and is often considered more collectable than subsequent prints.

Artist’s prints: the artist produces identical prints as part of an edition and will number them according to how many prints are produced. So an edition of 30 prints will be numbered 1/30, 2/30 and so on in the order that they are ‘printed’. This process requires the skill and time of the artist and is not the same as reproduction (see below)

A digital print is usually created by an artist using a camera or PC and is original art.

Reproduction is a copy of a piece of art – usually by scanning or photographing it and then printing it in large quantities (posters for example). This isn’t an original piece of art, even if it is signed by the artist.

If you are looking for a piece of art for a specific room or wall it’s worth taking a photo of the area and measuring up beforehand. Some galleries and fairs offer a ‘try before you buy’ service, allowing you to see the piece in situ first. Others, such as Ingo Fincke, also offer advice on hanging your art. If the work isn’t framed there are many local galleries with excellent framing advice and a good choice of frames. It’s important to get it right if you have invested in a piece of art.

Setting a realistic budget beforehand is important but if you fall in love with a piece that is out of your price range, some galleries and fairs are part of OwnArt – an interest free scheme.