A new, innovative space bringing connections between health, science and art to our local area
New cultural destination creating collaborations between science, health and art in the form of exhibitions, events, performances and festivals.
Who: King's College London in partnership with Science Gallery International
Launch date: September 2018
Grant value: £4 million
Science Gallery London is a cultural destination that will connect art, science and health in one space. The new free-to-visit space is now open in the heart of London Bridge. We are thrilled to have helped fund the build and development of this exciting new venture.
The Gallery aims to attract over 300,000 visitors a year through interdisciplinary and creative collaborations between scientists, artists, entrepreneurs and the public. It will look to engage the public, in partiuclar 15–25 year olds, with research and innovation through an ever-changing, locally driven programme.
Built on the Guy’s campus of King’s College London, Science Gallery London will become a unique focal point for innovation and collaboration in arts, science and health. The gallery will bring together academics, scientific researchers, healthcare providers, students, local communities and artists encouraging fresh thinking and debate around health issues, from addiction to obesity and more.
Part of the Global Science Gallery Network, an award-winning international initiative pioneered by Trinity College Dublin, Science Gallery London will be the first new gallery to open since the initiative was established in 2008. It will not be a gallery in the conventional sense – there will be no permanent collection, but a programme of exhibitions, events, performances, workshops, debates and festivals bringing science, technology and health together with the arts and design.
Planning permission for Science Gallery London received from Southwark Council.
November 2015 - March 2016
'FED UP: The Future of Food' series ran as part of the pre-opening season. Highlights included Edible Pollution, a public installation; Flavour SenseNation, an interactive event; and Food Showoff, a collision of comedy and science.
Building work began on transforming the site on Guy’s campus into Science Gallery London.
Building work will be completed on Science Gallery London.
Science Gallery London opens its doors to visitors with its first season, HOOKED.
Building work on Science Gallery London began in spring 2016 on Guy’s Campus, at the foot of The Shard in London Bridge. The site includes galleries, a theatre, event and informal meeting spaces, café, shop and a newly-restored Georgian courtyard. Entry is free and exhibitions are open to all.
The Gallery programme will have several themed seasons every year, incorporating exhibitions, events, performances, live experiments, open discussions and festivals, all with scientific engagement at their core. It will identify up to four major themes each year, connected to King’s College London research priorities or major global concerns, and often with a strong health sciences or biomedical focus.
Artists, scientists and anyone else with an interesting idea will be invited to submit proposals for inclusion in the programme. Closely connected to King’s Health Partners and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, the gallery’s programming will draw on and reﬂect the broad range of expertise in health and wellbeing that surrounds it.
The key audience will be young people aged 15–25. There are 36,000 people in this age range in Southwark and 40,700 in Lambeth. The Gallery will engage actively with schools in Lambeth and Southwark, and with King’s College London students through its Young Leaders programme and more.
Science Gallery London is a unique cultural facility that draws upon its links to King’s College London, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and its position in the city of London. It will become a local, national and international resource for science, culture and innovation.
Through its programme of exhibitions and events it will become a public forum and reference point for national debate around health and healthcare issues.
Working with experts from across King’s campuses, the gallery will contribute to education, training and professional development in healthcare, building on existing teaching models that are using arts practices to look at patient care from an alternative perspective.
A major new attraction for visitors to London, Science Gallery London also provides a new accessible space for those living, working or being treated in Southwark to enjoy free of charge.
Science Gallery London is part of the Global Science Gallery Network, an award-winning international initiative pioneered by Trinity College Dublin that delivers a dynamic new model for engaging 15–25 year olds with science. It aims to establish Science Gallery locations in eight cities around the world by 2020. Science Gallery London will be the first new gallery to open since the initiative was established in 2008. It will be closely followed by galleries in Melbourne and Bengaluru (Bangalore) by 2018. Since opening in 2008, Science Gallery Dublin has had over two million visitors.
Across King’s College London, arts and culture offer distinctive opportunities to students and academics, helping to deliver world-class education and research that drives innovation, creates impact and engages beyond the university. Building on a long history of partnership and collaboration, King’s has developed imaginative programmes that connect students and academics to cultural London and beyond.
Science Gallery London will provide the capital with a platform for live research and experimentation – exposing local communities to unexpected and surprising exhibitions, and inspiring the next generation of creative thinkers.
The Gallery will engage a wide range of audiences, including local residents of Lambeth and Southwark; staff, patients and visitors of Guy’s Hospital; staff and students of King’s College London; entrepreneurs and start-up companies; UK and international tourists; and online visitors.
The Gallery will work to tailor its programmes to local interests, helping the local community be more aware and involved in health, technology and scientific issues.
The Gallery will evaluate how it performs as an innovator, community resource, place for public engagement and visitor attraction using different methods, including visitor surveys, changes in footfall, and by comparing its exhibitions, events and facilities with equivalent venues across London.