BURTYNSKY: Extraction/Abstraction. Credit Matt Chung

Art Galleries

Hattie Lloyd 06/02/24

Saatchi Gallery

As far as location goes, the Saatchi Gallery is right on the money.

Not only is it dominating Chelsea’s prestigious Duke of York Square, but the building itself is a work of art. Set in a Grade II listed 19th century building, the 70,000 square foot space is made up of 15 exhibition rooms; each boasting high-ceilings and expanses of bright, open space.

Being home to dozens of free contemporary art exhibitions each year, it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most popular art galleries in London. Although, contrary to the many galleries which rely on distinguished artists to draw in the crowds, the Saatchi offers today’s talent a bit of a foot in the door; focussing on exhibiting works by younger, unseen artists or those rarely seen in the UK.

Saatchi Gallery

In the last few years alone it’s showcased street art from around the world in BEYOND THE STREETS (even going so far as to reconstruct entire shopfronts inside the gallery); championed Black photographers at the top of their game in The New Black Vanguard; and even staged an immersive experience inspired by the life, work and philosophy of Bob Marley.

The Saatchi’s current headline exhibition, BURTYNSKY: Extraction/Abstraction, is well worth shelling out for. It’s the largest ever exhibition for world-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, whose jaw-dropping large scale prints expose the impact of human industry on nature (until 6th May). While you’re there, take a look at the trio of free exhibitions on until 12th May: Rong Bao Is Me, a playful introduction to the Royal College of Art graduate’s quirky sculptural practice; Sofia Laskari: Body and Flesh, featuring a series of nude portraits that bristle with visceral energy; and Standing On The Shoulders of Giants, a group exhibition gathering work by Dutch female artists.

rong bao is me saatchi gallery

And if you want to see something in a different light? Head down to the Saatchi’s regular Friday lates, when you can explore the exhibitions, meet the curators, listen to artists in conversation, take part in creative workshops and enjoy a drink or two…

…after dark.


NOTE: The Saatchi Gallery is open daily, 10am-6pm. Entry is free, with some exhibitions ticketed separately. You can find out more right HERE.

Saatchi Gallery | Duke of York’s HQ, SW3 4RY

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Duke of York's HQ, Chelsea, West London, SW3 4RY