The Bank of England has revealed the design for the new £20 polymer note to be introduced in 2020 – and it has a Rotherhithe connection.

The new polymer banknote features artist JMW Turner and his painting The Fighting Temeraire.

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, said: “Our banknotes celebrate the UK’s heritage, salute its culture, and testify to the achievements of its most notable individuals. 

“And so it is with the new £20 banknote, featuring JMW Turner, launched today at Turner Contemporary in Margate.  Turner’s contribution to art extends well beyond his favourite stretch of shoreline. 

“Turner’s painting was transformative, his influence spanned lifetimes, and his legacy endures today.

“The new £20 note celebrates Turner, his art and his legacy in all their radiant, colourful, evocative glory.”

One of Turner’s most eminent paintings, The Fighting Temeraire, depicts HMS Temeraire which played a distinguished role in Nelson’s victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Painted in 1838 it depicts the Temeraire being towed to Beatson’s yard in Rotherhithe to be broken up.

Timber from the ship was used to create an altar and two chairs which can still be found in St Mary’s Church in Rotherhithe.

The painting is currently on display in the National Gallery and was voted the nation’s favourite painting in a 2005 poll run by BBC Radio 4.

The Lake Gallery (formerly CGP London)
Dilston Gallery (formerly Dilston Grove)
Marking its 35th anniversary, the contemporary art organisation based in the heart of Southwark Park, known as CGP London (Cafe Gallery Projects) has changed its name to Southwark Park Galleries, comprising the Lake Gallery and Dilston Gallery.

Southwark Park Galleries is set across two contrasting venues: the Lake Gallery is a ‘white cube’ gallery with a community garden, while Dilston Gallery isa Grade 2 listed, cavernous deconsecrated church dating back to 1911.

Commenting on the name change, director Judith Carton said: “After 35 years situated in the heart of London’s beautiful Southwark Park, our trustees, team and gallery family have agreed that now is the time to rename the organisation to better reflect our identity and position within the art world, our unique location, and the longstanding value of the rich offer we provide our local community.

“We have grown from an artist collective and DIY project space into an internationally established centre for progressive commissioning and courageous public engagement, with our continued commitment to free access to cultural excellence for all.”
ANNUAL OPEN #29

13 Nov – 1 Dec 2013

The legendary unselected exhibition, which has led the field in ‘hang the lot’ aesthetics since 1984. This year the ‘best in exhibition’ prize of £100 will be selected by artist patron Andrew Kötting.Preview: Sunday, 10 November 2013 from 2 – 4pm.

Submission of works: Saturday, 2 and Sunday, 3 November from 11am to 4pm.

Exhibition: 13 November – 1 December 2013, Wednesday – Sunday from 11am – 4pm.

Most importantly, there are no advance application forms. Works must be delivered directly to Cafe Gallery. Another person can deliver your work provided that they have your written permission for the works to be entered and they have the correct information to complete the Entry Form (Artist’s name, address, Title(s) of the work, number of copies if it is an edition, artist’s contact details, sale price inclusive of 33% gallery commission and explanation of whether the price includes the frame). Entry fees can only be paid in cash or by cheque.

Please see our website for details regarding submission guidelines. We ask all artists to follow these guidelines in order to exhibit in this wonderful end of year show.