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We are reopening: Window First

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

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From Tuesday, September 1st, The Stephen Lawrence Gallery will re-open with the first of four week-long displays in the Gallery window space. On this and each subsequent Tuesday, a new installation will focus on a different aspect of teaching and research from the University’s School of Design.

The series starts with a presentation of the 2020 online graduate student exhibition, then moves on to explore the experimental roof-gardens in the Stockwell Street building. In the third week, we show some of the historically important research revealed through laser scanning projects from across the Greenwich World Heritage site, while the series rounds off with an audio-visual ‘taster’ of the forthcoming Sound/Image Festival to be held in Greenwich Town Centre in November.

To comply with our operational COVID 19 measures, these displays have been devised so that they can be engaged with from the street. Meanwhile, The Project Space and Heritage Gallery remain temporarily closed. We are working closely with the University Estates team towards their reopening, and will post developments on our social media platforms as these emerge. Follow University of Greenwich Galleries on TwitterInstagram or Facebook.

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The Open Air Drawing Room

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

The Open Air Drawing Room is an example of socially engaged art practice. The work crosses boundaries between performance and painting. Conceived as a celebration of the collective effort through a combination of performance and painting, The Open Air Drawing Room was originally co-commissioned by the Turner Contemporary ( in Margate and Applause Rural Touring (

A Show Of Hands by Eric MacLennan, 2020. Turner Contemporary, Margate (Photo credit: Eric MacLennan)
Collection Of Thirty-One Stones For Thirty-One Shipping Areas by Eric MacLennan, 2019. London (Photo credit: Eric MacLennan)

By creating a monumental painting, it offers participants the opportunity to engage with a large scale work which aims to set the world record for a painting created by the largest number of artists ever. The work is inspired by the innovative techniques of JMW Turner and the ideas of John Ruskin. Ever-evolving, it was first exhibited at Turner Contemporary in 2019. It comprised two pieces: “A Sea Of Faces”, a large-scale painting produced by combining over 500 individual watercolours into a single harmonious whole; “A Show Of Hands”, an extensive photographic installation of all the contributors’ hands displayed together on the gallery terrace.

In the summer of 2021, these two installations will be exhibited at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich Galleries, by which time the work will be twice as large, with over a thousand individual contributions. Every contributor paints a stone from the same collection of thirty-one stones that correspond to the thirty-one shipping areas around the British Isles. A stone that was once a mountain. A stone that—like us—is in a state of transition. A stone that will one day be a grain of sand on a beach somewhere. These stones were old when Turner was young and they will still be here when we are gone.

Exhibition opens

26th July – 5th September 2021

Private View

25th July 2021, 2 – 4 pm

The Open Air Drawing Room by Eric MacLennan in performance, 2019. Almeida Theatre, London (Photo credit: Ali Wright)
The Open Air Drawing Room by Eric MacLennan in performance, 2019. Almeida Theatre, London (Photo credit: Ali Wright)

Explore a short film about The Open Air Drawing Room and the “A Sea of Faces” installation (both firstly exhibited at the Turner Contemporary between October 2019 – January 2020):

The Open Air Drawing Room is led by Eric MacLennan ( A socially engaged artist whose practice occupies a unique space somewhere between theatre, movement and the visual arts, Eric has been making innovative performance work for more than thirty years. His work is cutting-edge with a clear focus on its audience. Challenging and provocative, but always entertaining. Inspired by philosophy and comedy in equal measure, his work questions our unconscious habits, challenges conventions and isn’t afraid to say the unsayable!

Hidden in Plain Site

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

This multi-media exhibition examines the relationship between architectural sites and human trauma, hidden, buried, embedded in, and embodied by those sites.

The show uses painting, film, animation, sculpture and interactive installations to explore how, rather than offering us refuge and protection, buildings and architectural sites can cast shadows over our personal, interpersonal and psychological landscape in haunting and lasting ways.

This exhibition invites you to wander from site to site unearthing experiences, feelings and histories that have been overlaid, overlooked, constructed and concealed. Through these sites there are many surfacings. We move between the personal traumas housed behind the bricks and mortar of domestic spaces to the onslaught on memory, identity and community as regeneration projects reduce neighbourhoods to rubble. There is nothing safe in houses. We consider the omnipresence of buildings present or absent that insistently and threateningly keep us within their sight and we show how even the nature we escape to is just another constructed site culturally containing and constraining us in an endless replay of preordained ways of being.

Participating exhibitors

Veronica Slater, Litza Jansz, Chila Kumari Burman, John Smith, Esther Neslen, Mandy Eugeniou.

Exhibition opens

20 February – 20 March 2021

Private View

Friday 19 February 2021, 6 – 8 pm

This exhibition is co-curated by Veronica Slater (Website / Instagram / Twitter) and Litza Jansz.

PUBLIC LECTURE – Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devine

Thursday, January 30th, 2020

Join Tatty Devine‘s Co-founders Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden for a unique insight into the creation of Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devine exhibition and an in-depth look at the development of their aesthetic, techniques and creativity over the last twenty years. 

With an inclusive ‘We did it, you can too’ ethos, Rosie and Harriet will share anecdotes, their creative processes, favourite pieces from their archive and top tips gleaned from 20 years of iconic, rule-breaking design and business know-how.

The talk (5:30 – 7pm) will be followed by an evening preview of the exhibition until 9 pm.

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