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Brockley's phone box art gallery is a 'UK-first'




It might not be the Tate Modern, but Brockley does boast what is thought to be a UK-first in the art world.

The village's telephone box, on the B1066, has been transformed into a miniature art gallery thanks to the efforts of artistic villagers.

Where once there was peeling paint and broken glass, now are bespoke artworks created to reflect Brockley by members of the village art group.

Brockley has its own Tate Modern, in the shape of its telephone box art gallery. Picture by Mark Westley
Brockley has its own Tate Modern, in the shape of its telephone box art gallery. Picture by Mark Westley

The eight paintings of local scenes are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week thanks to the phone box refurbishment by St Andrew's Church and the parish council.

Villager Vic Hill said: "The village invites anybody to come and see our telephone box. As well as being a miniature art gallery, it is a micro library and sells items for the upkeep of the village church."

After the telephone box was taken over and repaired by the church and parish council, the art group was contacted to see if members could help to brighten it up.

Brockley has its own Tate Modern, in the shape of its telephone box art gallery. Picture by Mark Westley
Brockley has its own Tate Modern, in the shape of its telephone box art gallery. Picture by Mark Westley

As the group is not currently meeting due to Covid-19, the artworks, which fit inside each pane of glass, were created by members at home.

"We did not expect them to be so good," said Vic. "Now, the phone box is a true one-off. You won't find anything like it in the UK."

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