ROOM 6.0
A new socially engaging art platform open to submissions. From October 2016, hARTslane ROOM 6.0 will focus on a relevant contemporary issue every 6 months and will provide a forum for exploration and cultural engagement on current affairs. Submissions are welcome from artists and curators alike. The specific topic can be addressed through collaborative and site specific projects, exhibitions, workshops, talks and screenings. The programme welcomes proposals from UK based as well as international art practicioners. For information on how to apply, please send an email to

ROOM 6.3 / Dear London (November 2017-April 2018)
“Places are becoming ever meaner and more divided, as public assets are relentlessly sold off, entire council estates flattened to make room for silos of luxury safe-deposit boxes in the sky. We are replacing homes with investment units, to be sold overseas and never inhabited, substituting community for vacancy. The more we build, the more our cities are emptied, producing dead swathes of zombie town where the lights might never even be switched on.” Oliver Wainright

Dear London, Why are you so dear? The ultimate use of a building now seems to be how much rent you can get for it and nothing to do with what people or neighbourhoods need. We can see what is possible and what is good, but to implement true change, do we have to turn to social action? Revolutionary solutions such as the right to squat, with occupation turning into ownership? You know London, we as Hartslane have indeed been down that road to reclaim and bring back to life a building that had been left to rot. How can we build on that experience and bring back humanity to your streets?

There is a certain theatricality about derelict buildings, which once were so full of life but now stand empty, waiting to be restored, used and loved again. What is the narrative, their story; who lived or worked there, why did they leave, why was the building abandoned? And perhaps more importantly why do these ruinous spaces evoke such mixed emotions in us, sensual, romantic, nostalgic, but frustration and sadness too. We feel we want to protect them.
We also ask why not more of the vast number of empty buildings is being re-used as homes when we have a chronic shortage of housing in the capital. Some of these buildings are not deemed to have any architectural merit so they get demolished. Often what is built instead though is soul-less and doesn’t speak to the community, doesn’t allow for any social interaction. Public spaces get developed into private spaces because buildings are now called properties. They are an investment with a high rental price-tag.

We are proud to present our Room 6.3 DEAR LONDON, where we celebrate the empty, forgotten buildings in London and imagine a new use for them, a new relation between people and space, where humanity is at heart.

5-12 November 2017

Dance artist Maria Lothe brought together a collaborative group of visual artists to present 3 days of exhibition and performance inspired by permaculture and sustainability.
The project invites us to observe our relationship to the environment, and inspire interaction and collaboration towards a sustainable future - do more good, not less bad.
The exhibition featured a dynamic installation made from recycled materials, for the public to walk through and observe, and performance across the weekend which created a dialogue with the installation. 
An introduction to permaculture was given by Tish Vail from Social landscape a London-based permaculture enterprise set up to engage communities to create places that support personal, social and ecological well being.
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9 -10 February 2018
Clive Burton and Dagmara Bilo

An immersive installation performance collaboration between artist Clive Burton and the performance artist Dagmara Bilon. It is the third and concluding part of a trilogy of installations by Clive Burton involving ‘The Building as the Artwork’ at hARTslane Project Space. The preceding two concept works where the palimpsest installation ’Socket and See’ in 2014 and ‘Harts Rain’(Weather Report) 2016 an installation involving time movement and sound. ‘Pulse’ proceeds in a collaboration of integrated live performance. 
Active buildings have physical and spiritual energies, which become interactive with their inhabitants and visitors.  ‘Pulse’ engages and activates these energies through rendering the building empty and employing the electrical wiring outlets as a metaphor for the nervous system. The human / building interface and other layers of reference are facilitated and activated by the impromptu improvisation by the performance artist in this immersive experience and open ended performance; offering diversifying layers for interpretation.  There is no audience only visitors who become integral in the artwork by just being there as part of the internal space of the building.


ROOM 6.2 / Phenomenal Woman, That's Me (April-September 2017)
HARTslane's mission for ROOM 6.2 is to offer a platform for the voice and vision of individual female artists. We want to provide opportunities to artists who raise awareness of the role of women in the visual arts and promote public involvement and support. Responding to the Guerrilla Girls' display at the Tate Modern, exposing sexual and racial discrimination in the art world, we question the tradition of awarding power to masculinity to the exclusion of others.
hARTslane invites artists and curators to submit proposals that address this unbalanced framework and the challenges that women face in terms of lack of recognition and opportunities. The title of our programme mirrors Maya Angelou’s poem “Phenomenal Woman” and is an invitation to celebrate and nurture femininity. Please send an email to info@hartslane to receive the guidelines and application form.

She Says: Light, Camera, Action!
A programme of community video screenings in collaboration with London Community Video Archive (LCVA),
FRIDAY 19 MAY, 8pm
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Art work exhibition | Soviet avant-garde film & art | Book stall | Banner painting | Raffle

Exhibiting Artists: Sophie Brook | Nyousha Movagharzadeh | Harrie Pilkington | Harriette Meynell | Rosie Back | Becky Hancock | Jodie Maidment | Daisy Morey| Lily Hudson
"A Unique Event In Human History" explored womanhood as a displacer, creating dialogues wherein femininity becomes a point of tension in an artists life. The work heavily focuses on the stories of individuals; narratives more commonly seen in the Feminist Western canon curated along side experiences of femininity under-represented in the Art World.

The artists in the exhibition articulated a series of unique experiences of femininity.


ROOM 6.1 / United We Stand (October 2016 - March 2017)
Motivated by recent Brexit results, global political anxiety and growing divisions, the first series will develop around the motto ‘United We Stand’. The phrase most often used with ‘divided we fall’, inspires unity and collaboration. Its core concept lies in the collectivist notion that if individual members of a certain group with binding ideals – such as a union, coalition, confederation or alliance – work on their own instead of as a team, they are each doomed to fail and will all be defeated. hARTslane will become an open platform for local and international artists to investigate, experiment and showcase work that fosters a strong collaborative approach, both as a theoretical framework and as a working methodology. Throughout the six months, we intend to affirm friendship and cooperation, and to show that community spirit is alive and well in spite of what might be happening around us. We look for art that can connect people across borders.

On Our Way To Where?

Exhibition, part of Art Licks Weekend and DeptfordX Fringe
23 September – 2 October 2016
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Painting As Ruin
Charlie Betts and Anna Garrett present new collaborative works
21-22 October 2016
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Mayhem Night of Performances
curated by R.U.N.
27 October 2016
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By BLOAT collective, featuring sound by Charlie Ockmore
27 - 29 Janury 2017