Visit & COVID-19
In line with national restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Stanley Picker Gallery and our partner venue Dorich House Museum are temporarily closed to the public. Both venues plan to reopen from 20 May, pending government guidance. Details for how to book will be published on this page in May 2021.
How to visit
To keep our staff, students and visitors safe we will be operating a little differently, limiting our general public open days and dedicating other days of the week to activities with students and local communities.
You will need to book a timed slot before you visit. Slots will be available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for a one-hour visit, starting at 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 & 16:00 each day.
What we ask of you, in line with current government 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
• Our staff and volunteers are encouraged to test for COVID-19 twice weekly
• 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
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 Thursday, Friday or Saturday, you will need to book a timed slot.
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 via Eventbrite.
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.
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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 on 0208 417 4074 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 In Kingston for local information and events.