A new contemporary art gallery in Eltham – and it’s in a shiny red container

Leafy Eltham is famous for it’s old royal palace, but now there’s a new architectural talk of the town – the SE9 Container Gallery.

When you think of shipping containers, art isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. The SE9 Container Gallery is an award-winning art gallery made from converted shipping containers. It’s the first of its kind in London and is situated in the school grounds of St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive School.


The gallery was designed to exhibit the latest in contemporary art and promote thought-provoking art not only to the students of St Thomas More Comprehensive School, but also to the wider community.

The minimal, contemporary design of the SE9 Gallery was crafted from four adjoining recycled shipping containers – they can easily be modified and prove to be significantly cost saving over traditional buildings.


The inside of this shiny red art space is so modern, light and airy. The crisp white walls give the illusion of far more space and the track lighting provides the perfect contemporary ambience

SE9 Container gallery won an award in December last year for bringing art to the centre of Eltham with exhibitions of a high quality. The Gallery is proud to be the art facility that will be the centre for workshops and exhibitions and aims to be a creative hub for the community of south east London.

The Gallery is open Saturday’s during term time from 11am to 3pm. Entry is Free. Car parking is also available on site. Please check the Exhibitions and Events page to see the latest displays, activities and workshops.

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Hi, I’m Shapa Begum, Blog Editor. Born and raised in East Dulwich, I love what I do here at Dulwich OnView, I’m absolutely passionate about south London and reaching out to local communities – you can read about my favourite Dulwich spots on Time Out London and Completely London blog. My role goes beyond editing, I write, review, participate in conferences/events, attend local happenings and oversee the marketing. There’s no rest for the wicked! When not working, I love to read, write, visit museums and spend time with my loved ones.
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