About

Griffin Gallery is committed to supporting the global artistic community, creating a space for discussion about contemporary art and showcasing the very best of national and international talent. 

The Griffin Gallery exhibition programme, under the direction of Becca Pelly-Fry, offers a platform for emerging as well as established artists.  Each exhibition is complemented with a project in the Perimeter Space; a 16m window space housing experimental projects in the periphery of the main gallery.

Our unique residency programme, run by Mathew Gibson, runs artist-led residencies, and our two studios on the 4th floor are occupied by a wide range of artists from around the world with differing concerns and approaches to making, and benefit from the technical support from the Innovation and Development laboratory. 

The Griffin Art Prize is an annual exhibition and studio award for emerging artists in painting and drawing supported by leading fine art brands; Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris. New for 2017, the Griffin Art Prize will be offered to one outstanding UK based candidate at their location of choice. The winner will receive; a cash stipend of £5000, £2000 in studio rent, materials of choice from supporting brands Winsor & Newton and Liquitex to value £3000 and a showcase of new work to be held alongside the Griffin Art Prize 2018 shortlist exhibition in November at Griffin Gallery. The prize includes a professional support programme; three studio visits from the Griffin Gallery team and chief curator Becca Pelly-Fry, technical support from the Innovation and Development laboratory and a mentoring programme from an arts professional.

The Studio Building houses Griffin Gallery, two purpose built artists’ studios and the head office of ColArt International, family-owned parent company for world renowned art material brands Winsor & Newton, Liquitex, Conté á Paris, Reeves and Lefranc & Bourgeois; whose origins date back to the early 18th Century. Adjoining the studios is the Innovation and Development Laboratory where new artists’ materials are developed, giving resident artists a unique opportunity to learn and experiment with the wealth of materials and knowledge in the ColArt laboratories.

Becca Pelly-Fry, Head Curator: Becca took up post as Griffin Gallery Director in January 2013, and has since curated the majority of the exhibitions at the gallery including Water + Colour, Drawing into Sculpture, Two Truths, Selective Memories, and PERFECTIoNISM (Parts I, II and III). Becca originally trained as a sculptor at Northumbria University, after graduating she began her commercial career at The Biscuit Factory Gallery in Newcastle, rapidly becoming gallery manager and curator. Her career path went on to encompass three years as Arts Development Officer at Kensington & Chelsea Council and a similar role at Camden Council.  Becca is now Head Curator for ColArt International, with responsibility for Directorship of Griffin Gallery and The Fine Art Collective global education programme, and advising the global Winsor & Newton and Liquitex teams on working with artists.

Karen David, Gallery Manager: Karen joined the gallery in February 2016 as Gallery Manager.  Karen is also an artist, curator and writer.  In 2013 she initiated an online publication named Cork Lined Rooms; a collection of interviews with artists. Karen graduated from Wimbledon College of Art in 2012, with an MA in Fine Art. As well as managing the exhibition programme, Karen curates the Perimeter Space; a 16m window space that explores experimental projects in the periphery of the main Griffin Gallery space.

Mathew Gibson, Residency Co-ordinator: Mathew’s focus is the Griffin Gallery Residency Programme, which encompasses the annual Griffin Art Prize, International, Project-based and TFAC (The Fine Art Collective) artist residencies.  Mathew played an instrumental role in establishing the Griffin Art Prize in 2012, and prior to that was the Winsor & Newton Resident Artist. Mathew is also a practicing artist, and has recently shown work at CHARLIE SMITH London; London Art Fair; The Future Can Wait and Perfectionism (part II) at Griffin Gallery.

Lucia Camela, Curatorial Assistant: Lucia joined the gallery in February 2016, having previously undertaken a short term internship with us whilst undertaking her MA in Art History, which she successfully completed at the end of 2015.  The focus of her dissertation was the development of art prizes and competitions for artists.

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Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm, Saturday, 12 - 5pm
The Studio Building, 21 Evesham Street, London W11 4AJ