Temporary Exhibitions

Changing Displays

What's On

We offer a changing programme of temporary exhibitions. There are usually two or three exhibitions per year on varied subjects relating to canals and the ice trade. In addition we occasionally host art installations or other short-term displays.


6th - 31st May 2015

Pictures against a natural brick wall with timber roof aboveA self-taught painter, Simon Tarrant is a London-based, London-born artist, who has exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, the Saatchi Gallery and Bankside Gallery. Experimenting across a variety of medium, Simon is a colourist at heart, his work alluding to the school of abstract expressionism.

Artists & Illustrators elaborate "Simon Tarrant uses oils on glass and Perspex, achieving a mysterious wet-in-wet effect, like the Aurora Borealis."

For this exhibition Simon presents a selection of pieces from his earlier artworks through to his latest mono-prints, illustrating how the theme of water has shaped and inspired him throughout his career. Simon's interest in the natural world is reflected in underwater scenes evoking imagined coral reefs, whilst sharp horizons lit by blood-red skies contrast with meditative images of deep blue seas.

Simon says "I am at my happiest in life when contemplating the horizon across the sea, an exercise that stretches not only the eye but the imagination".

The London Canal Museum, a 150 year old former ice warehouse and now heritage building, is the backdrop for Simon's exhibition timed to coincide with international harpist Catrin Finch's fundraising Museums at Night concert for WaterAid on Saturday 16th May. Like Catrin, Simon is a passionate supporter of WaterAid and created the artwork for Catrin's new album Tides. Simon will also be auctioning one of his paintings on 16th May for the benefit of WaterAid. Simon explains "During my recent travels across India I witnessed first hand the extraordinary hardship suffered by both city and rural communities due to the lack of sustainable water and sanitation projects. There is an urgent need to supply basic amenities such as providing access to clean water taps, which is why I am actively fundraising for WaterAid."

Website: simontarrant.com

Beyond The Towpath

2nd June to 2nd August

This summer Telegram Gallery is delighted to present its latest pop-up exhibition at the London Canal Museum. Beyond the Towpath will showcase work by Telegram artist Alberta Bamonte inspired by London's Regents Canal.

From 2 June to 2 August Telegram Gallery will be exhibiting prints, drawings and photographs in the top gallery of the museum. All works will be for sale from £200, along with a selection of tea towels, tote bags and postcards.

Alberta Bamonte's works approach the canal and the surrounding areas from an aerial point of view. She uses Google Earth to focus in on a section of the water, the towpath and beyond, before reproducing the bird's eye view on paper or jute, adapting the colours and shapes to create a unique kind of landscape where the industrial and the natural sit side by side.

Telegram is an online gallery showcasing emerging printmakers, photographers and draughtsmen with pop up exhibitions in bars, cafes and other venues around London. Established in December 2013 by arts writer and Courtauld graduate Maria Howard, the gallery recently expanded its artist base and is always on the lookout for exciting spaces to pop up in.

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Enquiries: Maria Howard maria@telegramgallery.com Tel 07449 765 178

Hackney Heritage Then and Now

Example exhibition panel showing pictures side by side of then, and now.This exhibition was originally produced by Laburnum Boat Club in 2014. Volunteers gathered memories, photographs, articles and information about the Hackney stretch of the Regent’s Canal. The exhibition in a different format was shown at Shoreditch Library in summer 2014. This new version of the exhibition was designed by London Canal Museum using the content of the previous exhibition.

The Regent’s Canal has passed through Hackney for nearly 200 years and has provided work, rest, and play for generations. About the only things that have stayed the same are the water, the locks, and its magnetism for local people.

Cartography is by Jane Smith www.janeillustration.co.uk/blog

"I fell in the canal up near the Broadway when I was about 9. I was on my way to Vicky Park [Victoria Park] and I can remember running along the concrete bit at the edge of the water, I never noticed the dead fish and slipped on it and went in. The next thing I know I was being pulled out by a man who jumped over the railings and pulled me out. He worked at a glue factory that was along the side of the canal and I can remember when they took me in to dry me out, the smell of that place stays with me even now... If that man was alive today I would thank him from the bottom of my heart." Laurence Churchman

The exhibition runs from August 4th to October 30th 2015. There are three main components:

Logo - Regent's Canal Project

Sample of illustrated map showing blue waterway and surrounding streets with images of activities

Logo - Laburnum Boat Club

Logo - Heritage Lottery Fund