Saatchi Gallery

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The Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea is a contemporary art gallery known for its diverse and thought-provoking exhibitions. Established in 1985 by Charles Saatchi, the gallery has a focus on displaying works across various media by emerging artists.

The Saatchi Gallery is located in the Duke of York’s Headquarters just off Kings Road in Chelsea. It has a focus on displaying works across various media by emerging artists. (Photo © 2024 Rover Media)
The Saatchi Gallery is located in the Duke of York’s Headquarters just off Kings Road in Chelsea. It has a focus on displaying works across various media by emerging artists. (Photo © 2024 Rover Media)

What to see at the Saatchi Gallery

Exhibitions at the Saatchi Gallery cover a wide spectrum of artistic styles, themes and media. Visitors may encounter painting, sculpture, photography, installation art, video and digital works, among other forms of contemporary artistic expression.

A hallmark of the Saatchi Gallery is its commitment to showcasing emerging talent. Many exhibitions feature works by young and up-and-coming artists, providing them with a platform to reach a wider audience and gain recognition in the art world. This focus on emerging artists contributes to the gallery’s reputation as a hub of creativity and innovation.

Current and planned exhibitions include:

Metamorphosis: Innovation in Eco-Photography and Film
This exhibition (until 28 July 2024) features four photographers and filmmakers recognised for their eco-conscious practices. With a focus on materiality and process, their works blend political and poetic elements. Free.

Beyond Fashion
Beyond Fashion (until 8 September 2024) showcases the work of fashion photographers demonstrating how fashion photography has evolved beyond a simple product shot to become a more artistic representation that embodies our aspirations. Divided into four sections – Allure, Fantasy, Realism and Surrealism – the exhibition shows how fashion imagery transcends commercialism to reflect diverse visual languages. Alongside iconic images and dynamic brands, the exhibition includes moving images, emphasising the role of film in contemporary fashion. £12.

RHS Botanical Art & Photography Show 2024
The RHS Botanical Art & Photography Show (14 June–7 July 2024) features botanical art and photography from around the world. The exhibition includes works depicting diverse subjects, from desert flowers to urban plants. Reviewed by an expert panel for aesthetic and scientific accuracy, artists compete for various RHS medals and awards, including a new People’s Choice award. £8.

Yoi
Yoi, an exhibition (2 August–21 September 2024) features paintings by nine Munupi artists from Melville Island, highlighting the significance of yoi (dancing) in Tiwi life. Using natural ochres and Pwoja Comb techniques, the works are abstract and spiritually expressive.

Visiting the Saatchi Gallery

The Saatchi Gallery is located in the Duke of York’s Headquarters just off Kings Road in Chelsea. It is a four-minute walk to Sloane Square tube station (on the Circle and District lines) and nearby attractions include the Chelsea Physic Garden and the National Army Museum, both within a 15-minute walk from the gallery.

The gallery is open 10am–6pm daily and admission is free, although some major exhibitions have an entry charge, which can be pricey.

It is in one of the loveliest areas of London and there are lots of places to eat and drink nearby.

Allow up to two hours for your visit if you’re here for a major exhibition; however, a shorter visit is reasonable if you’re just visiting for the free exhibitions.

Amenities
  • Wheelchair access

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