hARTslane is an experimental art project space in South East London rooted in the local community with an international reach. This is a place where artists and local people come together to share ideas, explore contemporary issues and be inspired.

We believe that art is a way and not a thing.

Founded and run by a team of three women, hARTslane programmes ideas-driven group exhibitions and projects with practitioners at all levels and stages of their careers. Through both on-site and offsite work we give artists the freedom to experiment, create and exhibit new work in a non-profit setting.

Located in a former motorbike garage in New Cross Gate, the exhibition space has a raw architectural quality and a warm, organic character.


17 Harts Lane, owned by the London Borough of Lewisham, was derelict for 8 years before being occupied in 2012 as part of a campaign to bring council property into public use. In 2013 the Mayor of Lewisham recommended hARTslane be registered as an Asset of Community Value.

hARTslane is supported by Lewisham Council and the Big Lottery Fund and has collaborated with Goldsmiths, University of London; The London Community Video Archive; The London Group; DeptfordX; Artlicks; Greenspace; Pulchri Studio and De Rode Loper op School in Holland; PassaggiAtina, Mirror Galley and This Is Not Art in Italy.

More info:
"A derelict garage in New Cross Gate has been transformed into one of the more unlikely galleries to exhibit work from the areas’ flourishing art scene" on the Eastlondonlines
”Adhoc: exploring the German offspace” by Fiona Grady on Dateagleart

"Hartslane is a very accessible, friendly and flexible place to work that enables experimentation and exhibition in a vibrant and easy to reach part of London.
The unique characteristics of the building allow for interesting possibilities for
combinations of art works and architectural character. The affordability and
support of the people running the space ensure artists can focus on new ideas
in a relaxed and quiet environment."

Nayan Kulkarni, artist


hARTslane directors: from left, Sigrun Sverrisdottir, Tisna Westerhof and Cristiana Bottigella (photo: Rachael House)


hARTslane was founded in 2012 and continues to be run today by Sigrun, Tisna and Cristiana.

hARTslane team:

Cristiana Bottigella [b. Italy] is a curator and producer. Having run the artists residency at the Pistoletto Foundation, Biella, Italy for ten years, she has on ongoing interest in the role of art in society and nurturing emerging talents.

Sigrun Sverrisdottir [b. Reykjavik] is a spatial designer and teaches interior design at Kingston University. She focuses on the fabric of the building and negotiating with external bodies. Her interests traverse the fields of art, architecture and social transformation.

Tisna Westerhof [b. Amsterdam] is an artist and curator. Her art practice explores nostalgia, identity and loss of innocence through highly tactile works. As a curator she is interested in gender, feminism and post-colonial politics.

hARTslane is Commmunity Interest Company
Company number: 09524335

Our workshop team are all DBS checked.
Please see here our safeguarding policy.