United Kingdom

Battersea Park

SW11 4NJ
Phone: + 44 (0) 20 8871 7572

Pump House Gallery

Pump House Gallery is a public contemporary arts space with a national and increasingly international profile. Showcasing significant new bodies of work by both emerging and established artists, the gallery is distinguished by its unique four storey Victorian building and idyllic location, next to the lakeside in Battersea Park, South London


Art, Performance & Activism in Contemporary Japan
Teiji Furuhashi, DumbType, Bubu de la Madeleine, Cho Yukio/Akira the Hustler , Yoshiko Shimada, Soni Kum, Chikako Yamashiro
19 January - 26 February 2012
Art, Performance & Activism features the work of artists/activists based in Japan who push the boundaries of where art, performance and activism intersect. Presenting visually powerful and pioneering works from the mid-1990s to the present the exhibition explores differing strategies of intervention that seek to engage in contemporary debates and to change how we think and act.

Engaging with contemporary themes of art and action, private and public, memory and identity, the exhibition is the first to present their work in the UK and to provide a context for their interventions. Works include Teiji Furuhashi’s mesmerising solo production, The Lovers (Dying Pictures, Loving Pictures) and S/N performance by the Kyoto-based art collective DumbType, Cho Yukio’s thought-provoking Pandemic, the print-based activist work of Yoshiko Shimada, and the visceral performance-based film work of emergent artists Soni Kum and Chikako Yamashiro. Provocative, beautiful, haunting, disturbing…moving.

Curated by Professor Fran Lloyd of Kingston University, London and Professor Rebecca Jennison of Kyoto Seika University, Japan,

This project is supported by POLA Foundation, Japan Foundation, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Saison Foundation, and Kingston University.

DumbType work is presented with cooperation from Shiro and Yoko Takatani, DumbType, Kyoto.

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Previous Exhibitions

Most recent exhibitions:
I AM THE WARRIOR: Juneau Projects
A Future Pump House: Ideas, Thoughts and Plans
Somewhere, Nowhere: Jodie Carey
Magic Show Hayward Touring Exhibition;
Hypercomics: The Shapes of Comics to Come;
The Sugar Cane Allegory: Glenn Sorensen;
The Perfect Gallery: Christian Jankowski;
Four Fatrasies: Alex Pollard and Clare Stephenson;
Shake It: An Instant History of the Polaroid;
Smoke; by Implicasphere: an itinerary of meandering thought,
Coloured Threads in Door Knobs; Milena Dragicevic,
Ongoing Conversation; Aisha Khalid.

Exhibitions (6)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Baptist Coelho and Nadia Kaabi-Linke
15 March - 20 May 2012
An exhibition of new works developed during the artists’ residencies at Delfina Foundation in autumn 2011. The artists are responding to the environment of the gallery, exploring it’s social and physical landscapes, and the juxtaposition of social and personal contexts.

Baptist Coelho lives and works in Mumbai, India. He merges personal approaches to research with local cultural languages, geographies and histories. He is exploring traces of conflict in people and places around Battersea Park, focusing particularly on the first and second World Wars.

Nadia Kaabi-Linke makes work related to specific places and their histories. She has been working with female survivors of domestic violence to create an installation that intertwines the social and psychological. Born in Tunisia, Kaabi-Linke lives and works in Berlin.

This exhibition is a partnership between Creative India Foundation, Delfina Foundation and the Pump House Gallery and curated in collaboration with George Unsworth



Opening hours

Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 11am - 5pm
Friday and Saturday 11am - 4pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday and during exhibition installations

Getting there

Tube: Sloane Square
Train: Battersea Park, Queenstown Road
Buses: 19, 44, 49, 137, 239, 319, 344, 345, 452


Baby changing facilities, Disabled toilet.

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News and events

Artist's Talk: Baptist Coelho and Nadia Kaabi-Linke
14 March 2012

Join us for a tour of the exhibition by Baptist Coelho and Nadia Kaabi-Linke.

Monthly Do: ‚ÄúWhy am I here?‚ÄĚ with Baptist Coelho
18 March 2012

Join artist Baptist Coelho in this workshop inspired by one of his artworks in the gallery‚Äôs exhibition ‚ÄėSocial States‚Äô. The workshop reverses the usual system of camouflage using participants existing clothing as a starting point, to create a patterned/camouflage environment/space around them. The more colours and patterns you turn up in, the more interesting the resulting art work!


Pump House Gallery has a programme of talks, events, education, workshops and outreach projects that are informed by the gallery’s diverse exhibition programme. These happen both on and off site, and include in-conversation sessions with exhibiting artists, visiting curators and art writers, seminars and live performances.


The gallery has an ongoing collaboration with various local schools and institution based in Wandsworth Borough engaging groups of young people and delivering bespoke projects and high quality activities. Each exhibition is complemented by artist-led family workshops specifically designed to explore and respond to the themes of the gallery’s exhibitions.


Our once-a-month Family Days at Pump House Gallery in Battersea Park. These days are an opportunity for families of all sorts to drop-in, see the show and get hands on with some art making. Contemporary artists set the scene with activities for your tiny tots, your strutting teenagers and your angelic aunties to get their creative juices flowing. Our Family Days bring you into the heart of the creative process. Make them a regular date in the diary!

Venue hire

Set in 200 acres of stunning parkland and with its beautiful views over the lake, Pump House Gallery offers a unique and distinctive setting for private or corporate event hire.

Bookings include sole use of the building for up to 70 guests. In addition a marquee may be erected on the terrace for dancing or dining, which together with the hire of the building will allow for up to 120 guests seated for dinner in a marquee.

For more information contact the events team on 0208 871 7116 or email