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 exhibition programme offers a platform for emerging as well as established artists, and our two studios are occupied by a wide range of artists from around the world, with differing concerns and approaches to making. At the centre of our programme is a belief that an engagement with materials is fundamental to the act of creating contemporary art.
Who we are
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.
Meet the team
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 and II). 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.
Rebecca Byrne, Gallery Manager: Rebecca joined the gallery in January 2014 as freelance Events Manager, having recently completed her Masters in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art. During her two years as Events Manager, she launched West Wednesdays, an art walk of galleries in the surrounding area; and Beautiful Banquets, a series of collaborative dinners. Rebecca now shares the full-time Gallery Manager position with Karen David, enabling her to continue her own art practice.
Karen David, Gallery Manager: Karen joined the gallery in February 2016 as Gallery Manager, sharing the role with Rebecca. 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.
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.
Griffin Gallery Open
Griffin Gallery Open is a new initiative to encourage all artists in painting and drawing. It aims to reward innovation, skill and commitment to practice. All artists who work primarily in painting and drawing are eligible to enter the bi-annual Griffin Gallery Open. Up to 80 works will be selected by the judges for exhibition and three substantial prizes are awarded.
The 2015 Griffin Gallery Open exhibitors and prize winners were selected by artist Ian Davenport, Saatchi Gallery CEO Nigel Hurst, and Griffin Gallery Director Becca Pelly-Fry.
Griffin Gallery Open 2015 prize winners:
• Winsor & Newton painting prize- £1,000 and £3,000 in art materials. Winner: Juliette Losq
• Liquitex acrylic painting prize- £1,000 and £3,000 in art materials. Winner: Alan Sastre
• Conté à Paris drawing prize- £1,000 and £3,000 in art materials. Winner: Kristian Evju