great places to visit off the beaten path.
The Saatchi Gallery is smaller than the Tate Modern, and offers a more intimate setting that is typically less crowded. The gallery opened at this location (after moving from County Hall) in October 2008. It is in a wonderful space just off Kings Road in Chelsea. Its purpose is to showcase contemporary art by both less well known British artists, as well as International artists who may not have had the opportunity to exhibit in London before. The gallery’s success in finding talent has led to tremendous success for many of the artists they exhibit. Typically the artists are those they may not find space in places such as the Tate Modern. In the past many of these artists move on to become household names such as Cindy Sherman and Damien Hirst.
The Gallery also includes a dedicated space for Saatchi Online artists to exhibit and sell their work commission free. The space features a rotating selection of winning Showdown artists chosen from Saatchi Online Magazine’s weekly critics’ picks and their Showdown competition.
The building that now houses the gallery previously served as a military asylum for children and a Territorial Army headquarters. After the remodeling, it now has 15 large interconnecting galleries over several floors. Art exhibits are in many forms, including large installations, paintings, photography and multi-media. Particularly appealing is the accessability of the art – most of it allows the viewer to get up close and personal. Very little of it feels inaccessable or cordoned off.
The gallery is located on a wonderful square with a green open space in front of the building. Adjacent to the gallery is the Gallery Mess Restaurant, Bar and Cafe. There is a small shop within the gallery where various art works are for sale.
Open 10-6 daily. Admission free
Located at:Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London, SW3 4RY
Closest tube: Sloane Square