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.
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 a Community Interest Company.
Company number: 09524335
hARTslane is a member of:
SAN – Social Art Network London
LEAN Lewisham Education Arts Network
LVAN – Lewisham Visual Art Network
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We recognise that artists and cultural producers play a central role in building a healthy and vibrant community. There is no barrier to accessing or producing culture and we celebrate that each individual is unique and we all have individual differences.
We believe that multiple and divergent perspectives stimulate a culture of vitality and hope. We respect that everyone can engage in deciding what counts as culture, where it happens, who makes it, and who experiences it. We therefore have an emphasis remaining relevant by closely connecting to what matters especially by supporting women since their work is not yet equitably represented in mainstream culture.
We believe that supporting the current generation of underrepresented artists will stimulate the production of exceptional and inspiring work that will, in turn, kindle the next generation of artists and cultural producers. The setting we will deliver within has been entrusted to us as a gallery site to create context and a reflective environment.
We are committed to operating all of our programs with a high standard of efficiency, responsiveness, effectiveness, and clarity of both purpose and process. we are trustworthy in all our dealings with people and we are open about the decisions we make and the service we offer. We will deliver quality as a result of strong processes and product.
We believe it is important to elevate and make more visible the work of artists and cultural producers who are creating work at the nexus of art and social change and commit to using resources to provide a wide variety of opportunities for artists to show work and share their expertise, including exhibitions, peer-to-peer networking, and workshops.
We are committed to helping expand the notion of art beyond the traditional canons, as well as challenging mainstream ideas about what art is, the artists’ place and their connection to communities, by supporting artists and cultural producers whose work explores new territories, challenges traditions, and offers unique and thought-provoking perspectives.