Mapping cultural and social history

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South London Gallery

The South London Gallery (SLG), founded in 1891, is a contemporary art gallery in the heart of Camberwell. It has significant collections, stages exhibitions of international contemporary art, and has a programme of year-round events. SLG and Surface Impression joined forces to develop an in-gallery asset for their newly inaugurated annex. The focus of this exciting project was to have the works and archived contents housed in the context of the art, culture and history of their geographical location. It also aimed to deliver content that was previously unavailable to the general public.

Surface Impression’s solution was an attractive in-gallery kiosk, with a custom map interface compatible with the look and feel of the gallery’s branding, with places of interest identified by coloured ‘pins’ in the map. The interactive map is designed for usability and simplicity as the interactive holds a significant amount of information, which would otherwise be overwhelming for visitors. The map includes search refinement options that permit audiences to explore by categories, including people, buildings, streets, art forms, and social histories, as well as by date.