Riverside – paintings, drawings and sculptures by artists from the Riverside Centre

Riverside – paintings, drawings and sculptures by artists from the Riverside Centre


Date(s) - 30/05/2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Brunel Museum

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An exhibition of paintings by artists with learning disabilities – from The Riverside centre in Bermondsey

This exhibition was inspired by the group of artists going on the ‘Brunel’s London’ tour down the River Thames starting at the Embankment and ending up in the Brunel Museum. We later returned to the Brunel Muse- um and also at the Riverside centre explored the life of Brunel further, along with subjects relating to the River Thames. Some of the results are in the work in this exhibition and due to the amount of work will be ex- hibited in two-parts one in April and the other in May.

The artists at The Riverside work on various art projects, working with their individual abilities, personal expression, style, or approach. In all their work there is a direct and unique sense of observation or explo- ration, which is full of character and individuality and can lead to a vis- ual or tactile poetry. Inner feelings and outer observation can merge together, the essence of something observed can be heightened rather than the details, or on the contrary, emphasis is put on detail rather than the overall. All this can lead to an unpredictable outcome in the work, which is full of surprise and wonderful to see.

There are a total of 16 exhibiting artists. All of the artists engage strongly with art and have their own unique style and way of working.


The opening of The Riverside in September 2010 was a key element in The Camden Society’s work with people with learning disabilities to create modern and personalised services in Southwark responding to what people have told us they want.

Members of The Riverside can choose from activities in Training and Work, Health and Leisure, Creative and Performing arts developing their ideal week. Facilities include a professional training kitchen, music and drama rehearsal space, art studio, computer suite, training kitchen for development of people’s independent living skills and sports and games space. While the building is a base for some activities, many others take place in venues across the borough and further afield.

The Camden Society is a London-wide organisation which emphasises creativity, innovation and enterprise to generate new opportunities for people with disabilities to achieve greater equality. With an emphasis on human rights, we maintain a person-centred perspective in every- thing we do to make sure that we support people to develop their lives in whatever ways they choose.

We started as a campaigning organisation over 50 years ago. Now as a registered charity, we support over 600 people across London and Oxfordshire every week and work in partnership with more than 100 or- ganisations such as local authorities, health trusts and other voluntary groups.

For more information on the work of The Camden Society please visit www.thecamdensociety.co.uk.

Riverside – paintings, drawings and sculptures by artists from the Riverside Centre