Love Parks: art in the park

Published: 14 August 2018

Enjoy looking at art – and the park – in different ways in Battersea Park this summer.

One of the borough’s most interesting venues, Pump House Gallery, presents an outdoor sculpture by internationally acclaimed artist Nicolas Deshayes in the Pleasure Gardens until August 19.

The artist has used industrial materials to create intriguing forms which rise out of the water in front of the fountains. They’ve already become a favourite with locals delighted to have a temporary, alternative view to contemplate.

“I am interested in contemporary art and I like the look of this,” said Tim Millin, taking pictures of the forms. “It’s fun and it makes me want to find out more. They look organic and it does break up the view because it’s a classical space and then you have this biological intervention!”

The Pump House Gallery itself, located by a lake nearby, reopens on Wednesday with an exhibition called Floats Road. A solo exhibition by Charlie Duck it depicts bodies that seem to reference the human but are distorted and disproportionate and features large pigment works alongside ceramics and smaller studies. This can be seen until September 23.

Also over this period (from Wednesday to Sundays, 11am to 5pm) you are welcome to drop into the gallery’s Project Space where you will find artist Monica Rivas Velasquez working away with drawing, spoken word and collage.

Any visitors are welcome to create layers of abstract drawings and produce their own responses to both real and fictitious descriptions of minerals inspired by the work of Roger Cailloise.

Alongside this InHouse project Monica will be hosting a series of free, family workshops every Sunday until September 16.

They start this Sunday (July 29) with an event called Percussion Figures between noon and 4pm. Join Monica to help distort, transform and enlarge patterns found in natural stones, hand-made marbled paper and industrial surfaces to create new combinations.

Pump House Gallery is managed by Enable Leisure and Culture on behalf of Wandsworth Council. Visiting this ‘jewel in the crown’ of local parks is all part of our summer celebration of open spaces called Love Parks which commemorates Wandsworth as one of the greenest of London boroughs.

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Wandsworth’s parks and open spaces are managed by Enable Leisure and Culture, on behalf of Wandsworth Council. Enable Leisure and Culture is a non-for-profit organisation, no. 09487276, and registered with the Charity Commission (no. 1172345), providing leisure and cultural services for the benefit of local communities.