Chelsea Gallery

Chelsea Gallery

Chelsea Gallery
Chelsea Gallery

Chelsea Gallery is a beautiful exhibition space located in the heart of Chelsea, in King's Road, one of the trendiest streets in London. The gallery is perfect for both amateur and professional artists or collectors who wish to sell/exhibit their work or collections independently.

For information about How to hire Chelsea Gallery go to Hiring Chelsea Gallery

Current and forthcoming exhibitions

Infinite Human: No Boundaries’

  • Tuesday 25 to Sunday 30 April 2017
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9.30am to 8pm
  • Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 9.30am to 5pm
  • Sunday 1pm to 5pm

Event curated by Liliana Gallagher

First artist: Liliana Gallagher

Combining elements of painting and collage, Liliana Gallagher renders environmental issues caused by oil pipeline spills. The Artist Designer felt extremely touched by news regarding the rupture of Belle Fourth Pipeline into Ash Coulee Creek which saw 176.000 gallons of crude oil leaked into the river. Liliana’s work shows collaged tube material that resembles steel metal representing oil pipes sitting on a black area containing oil spilled water.

The insidious movement of oil and pollutants through the river cause destruction and contaminates the water that all living creatures, including ourselves depend on for survival. The artist’s intention is to get the viewer to think about clever solutions needed to save our precious water resources and remind people that what we throw into the water, eventually ends up inside us.

Second artist:  Gia Strauss

"As a self-taught painter, pianist and film editor, art became my release to reflect genuine, traumatic experiences that I have faced throughout my life, I share my most private, personal moments, exposed and expressed through surreal metaphors, whereby key moments are witnessed through black humour, fantasies, illusions and absurd moments. I primarily use myself as my model, my emotions are my main subjects.I normally portray myself in a world that does not exist anywhere but in my imagination. The main subjects in my work are portraits, food, manners on the table and how one should behave."

Third artist: Crystal Lonsdale

Crystal’s paintings explore associations between the erotic, unconscious energy inherent in the human condition and the sensuality found in the natural elements of the physical world. Crystal’s work is stimulated by her love of colour, particularly pastels punctuated by bold tones resulting in a hyper heightened intensity.  Combined with an abstract quality, this results in hallucinatory, dreamlike, mystical paintings, nurtured by her early fascination with the photographs of David Lachapelle. 

Her subject matter varies between landscape and figurative, drawing on surrealism, abstraction, symbolism and the repetition of elements including pattern and line as well as birds, fruit and flowers.  She works in mixed media and collage. Crystal aims for her paintings to be intriguing visuals with deep roots in an aesthetic harmony as opposed to an ominous ‘dark’, that leaves space for the viewer to fill with an optimistic interpretation.

Fourth artist: Masoomeh Faraji

Masoomeh Faraji is an artist, graphic designer and sculptor who works and lives in London.
"I consider myself a conceptual artist, that is to say I choose my medium depending on a concept/message that I wish to deliver, however, there are times in which I let my emotions takeover my initial concepts and I let a work takes the lead of where it wants to go and what it wants to be. Art to me is a language in which anybody can use to express their opinion or emotion. In another word art is a way of communication in which an artist who practises art chooses to express him or her emotion, will, and objection or in a nutshell whatever they are about. Perhaps my philosophy of art explains the diversity of medium that I use to create my artworks. I am interested in social and political concepts such as Humanity, History and Feminism. It interests me when I am reclaiming from history, digging the roots and re-digesting them from a contemporary position. I work both on commission base as well as independently.”

Recent exhibitions:

Contested Space

Monday 20 March to Sunday 26 March 2017

Svetlana Atlavina’s project, Contested Space, portrays the perils of traveling on foot, by car and particularly cycling in the streets of central London. The current mixed media installation is inspired by cyclists’ and pedestrians’ experiences. Thus the main purpose of the show is to draw one’s attention to the existing situation within the pool of traffic.

"The name, Contested Space, reflects the social situation where everyday participants of the city’s traffic compete for their personal track spaces and the shortest journey time. Upon commencing her initial research for cycling in London, she discovered that many people know of cyclists or are cyclists themselves. Several even knew cyclists who have died on the streets of London. Svetlana began researching the dangers of cycling in London in early September 2014. In June the following year, her son’s colleague was hit on her daily cycle route to work, by a turning HGV on one of London’s notorious junctions, Bank. This personally affected her son and thus motivated Svetlana to continue presenting the realities of traveling in the congested city.

Svetlana’s video portrays the hostile environment of the rush hours, as well as the isolation one experiences within the rush of the city’s arteries. The narrative develops from three viewpoints: pedestrians, drivers, and cyclists. There are no judgements, no conclusions, no suggestions, and no one is given moral preference. Some seem to be fending for themselves and breaking the Highway Code, whilst others experience the aftermath. Pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers co-exist and contest in unequal weight categories on busy streets and roads. Street design is supposed to provide a positive interaction between groups during their daily routes. However, in reality, traffic participants experience a mixture of feelings ranging from care and respect to abuse and hate.

In addition to the video, the exhibition includes a series of oil and acrylic paintings, handmade etched and linocut prints, made by driving the car over it and by people walking over it, in an attempt to evoke the unsympathetic reality of the streets of central London. It is up to the viewers to draw their own conclusion."

Svetlana Atlavina is a London based artist. She has degrees in Engineering, Interior Design, and PR, and has completed a Fine Art Course, and other specialised art courses at City Lit London. Her works were exhibited at solo exhibition at Willesden Green Gallery, group exhibitions in Espacio Gallery, Burgh House Hampstead, Candid Art Summer Salon, and at the annual exhibition of Hesketh Hubbard Art Society at Mall Galleries. The multimedia installation at Chelsea Art Gallery is Svetlana’s second solo exhibition.

SW3, by Alice Bree, Zi Ling and Brian Mears 

Tuesday 7 March to Saturday 18 March 2017

This exhibition, curated by Eldarin Yeong Studio, showcased the works of three inspiring artists responding to the theme of 'Delight'.

Alice Bree is a ceramic artist trained at the Central School of Art and Design in the 80s. She taught ceramics in the Drawing Schools at Eton College and the University of Hertfordshire for over ten years. Her work has been influenced by Gordon Baldwin with whom she worked at Eton. Her earthenware decorated with engobes produces an organic and colourful surface structure in a distinctive style.

Zi Ling is a visual artist trained at the Chelsea College of Arts and Central Academy of Fine Arts China. Her watercolour portraits and figurative works have been presented at the Royal Insititute of Painters in Water Colours, Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Columbia Threadneedle Prize, Society of Women Artists, and the National Art Museum of China.

Brian Mears is a self-taught watercolour artist who started painting after his retirement from the Merchant Navy as an engineer. Apart from nature, he has also been inspired by the works of Caspar Friedrich. His watercolour landscapes, capturing the English countryside with delicacy and detail, have been featured in exhibitions at the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields and at the Menier Gallery.

Comfort Zones (#snapshotsoflife)

Comfort Zones, a project by Artist Unknown, is an exploration of human and social boundaries.

"Individuals captured on film in a slice of time; amongst the capitals streets, they had one moment to reveal themselves (the camera doesn't lie). #snapshotsoflife was born out frustration from being submerged in a corporate environment. The aim was to create a body of work that snapped moments of now. It has been a collaboration with many individuals, all of whom have given to the project without financial compensation, for the sake of being creative and involved in the process. Underpinning the project has been a set of principals that we like to call Zero Philosophy and this starts with a idea and built on trust."

Artist Unknown: Currently lives and works in London, but through global branding the art has infiltrated most major galleries and institutions.

Brian Looney and Wendy Arnot

brian looney new paintings 168.jpg
Art by Brian Looney

Brian Looney: In his work, Brian is most interested in the fusion of the abstract and the figurative. The introspective subjects of his portraits struggle to contain some deeper emotional disturbance. These studies of subdued affliction are intensified by a use of colour that creates an uncanny borderland between sweet dream and nightmare. Blighted landscapes and still lifes further develop the vision of a world at once tranquil and menaced. Brian Looney worked as an actor before turning fully to painting in the early 1990s. He has exhibited widely in the UK and US.

Art by Wendy Arnot

Wendy Arnot is a figurative artist working currently with stoneware clay and underglaze colours.She explores the links between sculpture, painting and drawing and her themes are mainly about the roles people take on in everyday life.Recent achievements include:
2011   Ruskin Gallery Group Show, Working Men’s College
2011   Rootstein Hopkins Drawing Group Exhibition, Morley Gallery
2012   Birds and Beasts Group Exhibition, Royal Veterinary College
2013   Rootstein Hopkins Drawing Group Exhibition, Morley Gallery
2013   Tate Modern Community Learning Award, Rootstein Hopkins
            Drawing Group Exhibition, Morley Gallery

Living Spaces


Claire Reed and Helen Scalway are two professional artists currently working together to explore the theme of habitation. Within the context of Chelsea Library they are focusing on the possibilities of the book form and will be presenting a series of two and three dimensional works.
Claire has interpreted this theme through two contrasting literary references: poet John O’Donohue’s idea of an ‘Architecture of Belonging’ and A.A. Milne’s rhyme ‘Halfway Down’.
Helen has investigated the notion of habitation through the idea of the house or built dwelling place as expressing human identity, considering structure as a metaphor for the self.

Three Contemporaries

3 Contemporaries
Mali, Vladimir Dirsh and Ewa Morawski
Mali: Indian born artist is known in London as a network artist. His admirers and friends consider him an exceptional conceptual artist. The book theme continues to be his source of inspiration- he is influenced by Surrealist art and the avant-garde attitude. His work is fun, unconventional and thought provoking. Mali is also an avid collector of art, as well as coordinating shows for other artists. He has participated in almost 200 group shows along with 28 solo shows since his arrival in UK in 1962.

Vladimir Dirsh: Born in Yalta, he settled in UK since 1948, he studied biological sciences and worked as a microbiologist for many years. Founder member of Neo-Constructivist art association, his paintings have been inspired by art development in early 20th century: Bauhaus and Russian revolutionary abstracts. He is inspired by scientific imagery and theoretical developments in physics. Vladimir went on to develop a style high in organisational content but non literal in thematic material.
Ewa Morawski: Born in Poland, living in UK since 1981. Her early career involved fine arts, illustration, wallpaper and furnishing textiles design. Since graduating in Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art and Design in 1996 her interests focuses on textiles. She became interested in machine embroidery, working for fashion industry for several years. She developed designs and production of her own fashion accessories. Her inspiration comes mainly from nature, the worldwide travel, architecture and Polish folk art. She likes to experiment and use various techniques in the design and artwork process. She uses combination of her drawing skills and manipulation and fusion of various mixed media techniques. The tree is a reoccurring image in her pictures, referring to a life cycle and life journey.

The three artists have known each other for a long time, each making very different art pieces. Mali will be showing his conceptual pieces, mainly 3D, Vladimir his constructivist paintings and Ewa her mixed media/print pictures as well as one off 3D textile pieces.

Recent exhibitions include

Hiring the gallery

 About the gallery space

The main gallery features four glass display cabinets, each with their own light fixtures, suitable for all types of exhibits. These cabinets cannot be removeda clip-rail system for hanging pictures and paintings is available along the walls. We provide hanging rods that can be adjusted to suit any size of exhibitthe exhibits must be framed in order for the picture-hanging system to work. Nothing can be attached to the walls in any other way. The gallery receives plenty of natural light during the day, but both cabinets and clip-rails have their own lighting if needed.

Download and print the Floor plan of the Chelsea Gallery [PDF] (file size 22Kb)

Extra space

There is extra space available for hire which is used as the library display space. It is not available for hire separately.

 Hire charges

Duration of hire Cost Concessionary cost*
One week £200 £180
Two weeks £300 £270
Extra space (one week**) £105 £95
Extra space (two weeks**) £145 £130
Private view (Wednesday evening only) £155 (no discount)

* If you live in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, or you are an organisation connected solely with the Royal Borough and can show evidence of this, you may qualify for concessionary rates. Please ask staff for more details.

** The extra space can be used for the additional charge, if it is not in use by the library, but can not be hired out separately.

Gallery bookings run from Monday to Monday. The exhibitions are taken down between 9.30am – 11am, while the new exhibitions are set up from 11am- 7pm on Mondays.

 How to book the gallery

  • For initial enquiries regarding the availability of the gallery, please telephone Chelsea Reference Library on 020 7361 4073 or enquire via email to
  • You can also download and print the terms and conditions [PDF] (file size 40Kb) 
  • Completed booking forms should be returned to Gallery Bookings, Chelsea Reference Library, Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London SW3 5EZ
  • Please enclose a cheque for the full amount due, made payable to "The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea". Without this we cannot confirm the booking

 When the gallery is available for hire

The gallery is available for hire throughout the year, except on Bank Holidays.

Private views
A private view evening may be booked for a Wednesday during the period of hire. There is a separate charge for this (see table above) as portering staff need to be hired to give access to and provide security for the library while it is closed. A private view is strictly for invited guests - the general public will not be admitted at this time.

 Opening times of the gallery

Exhibitors and visitors may have access to the gallery during the following times:

  • Monday:  9.30am-8pm
  • Tuesday:  9.30am-8pm
  • Wednesday: 9.30am-5pm
  • Thursday: 9.30am-8pm
  • Friday: 9.30am-5pm
  • Saturday: 9.30am-5pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-5pm

Private views can be held between 5pm to 8pm on Wednesdays.

If you hire the gallery we ask that you ensure visitors have left the premises by the closing times mentioned above.