Former Van Gogh home opens to public

The London home of Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh opened to the public in Stockwell this month, as art fans also prepared to learn about his time in the city through a special exhibition.

The artist’s residence at 87 Hackford Road, in Stockwell, tells the story of the start of his career when he was an apprentice picture dealer in 1873. He stayed for a year at this address until he later moved to Kennington Road. 

The Tate Gallery is charting the history of the three years he was based in London and his work through its Van Gogh and Britain exhibition that runs until August.

The Grade II-listed house in Hackford Road has been restored and a new artists' studio has been built in the garden.

The Van Gogh House provides guided tours and also offers an artists’ residency programme that aims to support artists, and offer the chance to exhibit at the nearby San Mei Gallery. 

The goal is to create a new cultural hub for the borough of Lambeth with musical evenings, poetry and theatre. 

Councillor Sonia Winifred, Lambeth Council’s cabinet member for equalities and culture, said: “We’re delighted to see this strong link between Lambeth and the world’s best-loved artist open to offer both a look into history and a place for contemporary culture to flourish.”



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