A celebration of emerging talent and the work of established artists has launched in Bermondsey – in the former factory where Crosse & Blackwell pickle was once made – a space that will become the future home for an artistic and cultural hub in the heart of SE1.
Drawing & Studio exhibition brings together over 20 artists in a show which explores the creative partnership of Tannery Arts and Drawing Room, a charity that provides support for artists with gallery space and art education in the community and has been based in Bermondsey for many years.
Exhibiting artists include Turner prize nominee Alison Wilding and leading sculptor Phyllida Barlow, plus work by established and emerging artists with a connection to Tannery Arts and Drawing Room.
Artist Marcus Cope, who lives in Southwark, had a studio in the original Branston Pickle factory building. He said: “It was the first time I had had a studio on my own. I helped convert the building with Tannery Arts into studios and was based there for four years. Tannery Arts provides a great sense of community and support for artists and this exhibition is a great opportunity for our work to be seen.” His painting of a scene in Cyprus is on show at the exhibition.
Andrew Bick, Director of Tannery Arts, said: “For Tannery Artists and Drawing Room, this is an opportunity to look forward in what are difficult times for both individual artists to exhibit and sell artworks and for galleries to nurture and grow their audience. The new building will make amazing studios and gallery space when eventually we occupy it. In the meantime, this exhibition offers a taster of the talent both Gallery and Studios have supported for many years. It is extra special to be making work and exhibitions in such a beautiful and central location. For both the individual artists and Tannery Arts/Drawing Room, the exhibition celebrates an exciting future.”
The exhibition runs from 19th September to 1st November. Viewing by appointment only. To book a place to view Drawing & Studio, please call 0333 666 4343 www.londonsquare.co.uk
Image: Promenade by Marcus Cope