Drawing & Studio exhibition launches at London Square Bermondsey



A celebration of emerging talent and the work of established artists has launched in Bermondsey – in 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.

The exhibition takes place in an impressive space at London Square Bermondsey, a new neighbourhood in SE1, where stylish apartments and duplexes are being created by award-winning developer London Square in a collection of industrial heritage and contemporary buildings, with landscaped communal gardens, opening up the former factory estate for the first time with paths and walkways. Residents will be moving in from March 2021.

When the first phases are completed, Tannery Arts will move into a purpose-built arts hub in 2022,with studios and gallery spaces for Drawing Room, as well as studios and a base for Tannery Arts, with artist-run projects for families, school pupils, teachers and community groups, plus studio visits, evening classes and multi-artform events.


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. The works of art are all for sale.

Artist Marcus Cope, age 40, who lives in Southwark, had a studio in the original Branston Pickle factory building on the site where London Square Bermondsey is now being developed. His painting of a scene in Cyprus is on show at the exhibition.

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.

Benjamin Deakin was an early pioneer of the arts scene in Bermondsey, joining Tannery Arts over 10 years ago when they were based in nearby Bermondsey Street. The 42-year-old artist, who lives in East Dulwich, trained at Kingston School of Art and Central St Martin's before becoming involved with Tannery Arts. Benjamin's charcoal on paper work is on show.

He said:

Bermondsey Street was full of industrial buildings at that time and the transformation has been incredible. I had a studio with Tannery Arts in the old pickle factory and am really hoping to come back to the new building. This exhibition will enable us to be seen by new audiences at a time when it has been difficult to show art.

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 art works 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.

Adam Lawrence, Chief Executive, London Square, said:

Tannery Arts have long been part of the artistic scene in SE1 and we are delighted that they will be a central part of London Square Bermondsey, bringing an important cultural dimension to the development, which will benefit the entire local community, from the residents who will be living here to everyone in the wider area, from schoolchildren to adults who are keen to enjoy the opportunities and facilities offered by Tannery Arts.


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 or click below to book online. 


London Square celebrates the grand release of The Pickle Factory, a spectacular conversion of a former factory building where Crosse & Blackwell Branston Pickle was made. There are panoramic views from some of the apartments and duplexes over the major London landmarks, from the London Eye and The Shard to Canary Wharf.

The Pickle Factory features 76 one, two and three bedroom heritage loft style apartments and duplexes - the height of industrial chic. The building is cool and contemporary in style, with an impressive entrance, featuring a vast space with salvaged steel doors by the 24-hour concierge desk. There is a Meeting Room available to residents for business appointments and for downtime, a residents’ landscaped courtyard providing a quirky green oasis. There will be an on-site gym, equipped with all the latest strength, cardio, and conditioning machines.

These spacious apartments are designed to complement and reflect the building’s heritage and original use. Generous open plan living spaces are enhanced by details such as Crittall-style windows in black aluminum and spectacular double-height ceilings of up to 3.1m. Private balconies or terraces to all apartments extend the living space to make the most of outdoor living. Contemporary touches include black ironwork complementing the striking windows, the latest Siemens kitchen appliances in black glass and stainless steel bring state-of-the-art technology to the mix, with high-end ceiling speakers and underfloor heating.

Prices at the Pickle Factory start from £640,000 for one, two and three bedroom apartments. Two and three bedroom apartments in The Crosse and Tannery start from £915,000 and two and three bedroom duplexes from £1,140,000 and are ready to move into from March 2021.

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