About us

Tannery Arts

Tannery Arts is a small, independent charity concerned with making contemporary art accessible to a wide public through its programme of exhibitions and learning projects. It supports the professional development of emerging and established artists and curators, promoting their practice through opportunities to exhibit work, develop projects, to engage in learning activities and through the provision of affordable studios.

Tannery Arts was founded in 1993 by artists David Austen, David Foster, Chris Pauling and Alison Wilding.  It has been registered as a Community Benefit Society since 2000 and is an ‘exempt charity’, and therefore exempt from registration with the Charities Commission.

For information on our Tannery Artists please see our Artists Page.

The organisation is managed by Andrew Bick, the Director, Lyn French, the Financial Manager, Fiona Long, the Studio Manager, and Ben Deakin, the Buildings Manager. Tannery Arts’ Board of Directors oversee their work and is involved with the planning and decision-making regarding the future of the organisation.


Tannery Projects

Tannery Projects is an occasional exhibition and events space. It is run by and for Tannery artist studio holders, more info at www.facebook.com/TanneryArts

Drawing Room

Drawing Room delivers the exhibition and learning arms of Tannery Arts’ public engagement programme, exploring ideas around contemporary drawing and making them visible in the public domain. For more information see the Drawing Room website


Organisational Aims

  • To encourage both a wide public and those with a specialist interest to engage with and participate in contemporary art
  • To support the professional development of emerging and established artists through commissioning artworks, exhibiting artworks, producing promotional material and providing suitable conditions for the production of excellent artworks
  • To provide a publicly accessible research and learning hub for the exploration and promotion of contemporary drawing

Tannery Arts currently manages 33 studios, housing 61 artists across 3 properties in Camberwell, and Elephant and Castle, London.


The Board

David Austen (Founding artist)
Andrew Bick (Director and Tannery artist)
David Bickle (Chair – Hawkins/Brown)
Augustine Booth-Clibborn (Co-founder and CEO, Hello Tomo)
John Boxall (Jackson Coles)
Sohalia Ferrier (Community leader)
Sara Haq (Tannery artist)
Ken Hawkins (Haines Watts)
Sarah Macdonald (Tannery artist)
Kate Macfarlane (Co-Director, Drawing Room)
Katharine Stout (Director, Focal Point Gallery)
Kaido Veske (Founding Partner, Livonia Partners)