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Clerkenwell, once home to Hogarth and a blank canvas to Banksy, is not just a creative centre for architecture and design – it’s a buzzing place for art too. It boasts galleries showing works of all types, as well as destination art shops and picture framers.


EC1 is full of art galleries, and there are new ones popping up all the time. They offer, right here on our doorstep, interesting (and free) exhibitions, as well as good buying opportunities if you’re in the market for a piece of art. There’s no need to wait for Frieze in October! Here, we pinpoint some of the best independent galleries in the area…

1) Rokeby Contemporary Art, 16 Rosebery Avenue EC1R 4TD,  020 7193 5034

2) Clerkenwell Fine Art, 19th Century and Modern British Painting 2-3 Crawford Passage, EC1R 3DP, 07811 368863

3) dalla Rosa Gallery, Contemporary art 121 Clerkenwell Road, EC1R 5BY, 07865 452226

4) Lesley Craze Gallery, Contemporary jewellery and textiles, 33- 35a Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DU, 020 7608 0393

5) Fold Abstract art, 15 Clerkenwell Close, EC1R 0AA, 020 7253 3039

6) Frameless Gallery, Contemporary art, 20 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R ODP, 07974 976 736


7) Craft Central, Craft and design exhibition, workshops and networking, 33- 35 St John's Square, EC1M 4DS, 020 7251 0276

8) Marsden Woo Gallery, Applied arts, 17 - 18 Great Sutton Street, EC1V 0DN, 020 7336 6396

9) Breese Little, Contemporary art, 30b Great Sutton Street, EC1V 0DU, 07919 416290

10) Host, Photojournalism and documentary photography, 1 Honduras Street, EC1Y 0TH, 020 7253 2770

11) Curious Duke Gallery, Contemporary surrealist and urban art, 173 Whitecross Street, EC1Y 8QP, 020 7251 6551

12) Dreamspace, Architecture and design, 3 Dufferin St, EC1Y 8NA, 020 7562 8282

13) Barbican, Modern and contemporary art, design, photography and architecture, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS, 020 7638 4141


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