Visit & COVID-19
Kingston University’s Stanley Picker Gallery and Dorich House Museum reopened to the public on 2 October 2020 after an extended period of closure due to COVID-19.
To keep our staff, students and visitors safe we will be operating a little differently over the coming months, limiting our general public open days and dedicating other days of the week to activities with students and local communities.
How to visit
You will need to book a timed slot before you visit. Slots are available on Fridays and Saturdays for a one-hour visit, starting at 11:00, 12:30, 14:00 & 15:30 each day. Please book online here.
What we ask of you, in line with current government Tier 2 guidance
You must bring a face covering to wear at all times during your visit, unless you are exempt
You must maintain a safe two-metre distance from everyone at all times, unless they are members of your own household or support bubble
Stay at home if you are feeling unwell
Our commitment to our visitors
We are limiting visitor numbers to aid social distancing
Our staff and volunteers will be wearing face coverings
We are leaving the windows in our building open for ventilation
We have installed sanitisation points at the entrance and around the building
We have introduced an enhanced cleaning regime using an antiviral product
We have trained our staff to manage your visit in a safe and friendly manner
We have amended our exhibition displays and visitor experience to reduce contact points
We will be keeping your booking details for 21 days after your visit for NHS Test & Trace
Our onsite free car and bike parking allow you to travel independently to the Museum and Gallery
We can accommodate group bookings for KU staff & students, local schools and community groups. If you would like to arrange a group visit, please contact us directly at email@example.com or call us on 0208 417 4074.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s on at the Gallery at the moment?
Our current exhibition is Judy Price The End of the Sentence. The End of the Sentence presents artist Judy Price’s research on Holloway Women’s Prison and the impact of the criminal justice system on women. It features new work by Price, archival material, and works by other artists and writers invited by Price. The End of a Sentence develops Price’s research-led practice concerned with how artists can produce different ways of thinking about contested sites and engage with collective struggles.
Can I visit without booking a timed slot?
You must book a timed slot in advance to guarantee your entry and provide us with the required contact details for NHS Test & Trace.
Do Kingston University students & staff need to book timed slots?
If you would like to visit on a Friday or Saturday, you will need to book a timed slot using the booking platform here.
If you would like to arrange a group visit for your students or peers, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0208 417 4074.
How many people can I book for?
You can book for up to six people on public open days, but only if you are members of the same household or support bubble.
What if I am running late?
Timed visits are for one hour. You can arrive any time within that hour but you will be asked to leave at the end of the timed slot to allow for cleaning before the next timed slot.
I have booked a timed slot and I’m now unable to visit. What shall I do?
If you, or anyone in your group is feeling unwell or has been in contact with someone with symptoms of COVID-19 please do not visit. You can cancel your booking by emailing email@example.com or online here.
What facilities will be open?
There are toilets available onsite. Our shop is open. We are taking card payments only.
Is there somewhere to store my bike during a visit?
We have bike racks adjacent to the Gallery available for parking your bike while visiting, and these are also being cleaned each morning.
How to find us
Stanley Picker Gallery sits on a small island along the Hogsmill River, beside Kingston School of Art, at Kingston University’s Knights Park Campus. We strongly recommend you take a minute to read the following directions, please click here to download a printable map with directions on how to find us.
Arriving by Train: Nearest stations are Kingston and Surbiton, with frequent trains from Waterloo, Vauxhall, Clapham Junction and Wimbledon (c. 20min journey). The Gallery is a short walk from Kingston railway station (see route described here below and highlighted on the downloadable map above). From Surbiton station the walk is 15/20 min, with regular buses running to Kingston (5 min) and taxis easily available near the station.
Walking from Kingston Railway Station (approx 10 minutes): Exit station and follow Clarence Street (down the right-hand side of The Rotunda/Cinema) and continue past the telephone-box sculpture by artist David Mach on your left. Keep straight on, crossing the main road at Fairfield North. Kingston Museum will be on your left on Wheatfield Way with Fairfield Park ahead. Cross the road to the Park and take Fairfield West, walking anti-clockwise around the park and onto Fairfield South. Then take the second right-hand exit down Mill Street straight to the Stanley Picker Gallery.
Arriving by Car & Parking: Free on-site parking at the Gallery can be accessed at Portland Road, via the entrance to Kingston University’s Middle Mill site. All visitors must request a parking permit from Middle Mill Reception, on the right after the barrier; the Gallery is not responsible for fines incurred by vehicles parked on site without a permit. Important: There is no vehicle access via Mill Street, so please do not follow satellite navigation systems that instruct this route.
All public spaces at the Stanley Picker Gallery are ground-floor and step-free. Dedicated parking spaces for wheelchair-users are found directly outside the Gallery following the same parking instructions as above. Please feel free to call us if you have any questions in advance of your visit.
Also in the area
Kingston upon Thames has a wealth of cultural, heritage and tourist sites to explore when you visit. We recommend Kingston Museum and its unique collection of Victorian pioneer photographer Eadweard Muybridge, which can be found along the route from the Kingston station to the Stanley Picker Gallery. Nearby on Kingston Hill, beside Richmond Park, the University’s Dorich House Museum – former studio-home of sculptor Dora Gordine; the Rose Theatre, along from the town centre’s historic Market Square, offers a comprehensive programme of live theatre and music; the Thames riverside and Richmond Park are beautiful places to enjoy. Visit www.kingstonfirst.co.uk for local information and events.