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

Team

Cristiana Bottigella

Director

has a degree in History of Contemporary Art (Milan) and an MA in Cultural Policies (London) where she completed a dissertation on leadership and resilience of social enterprises in the cultural sector, which remains one of her main areas of interest. In 2011 she co-founded Bait al Karama, the first women-led Palestinian cookery school in the West Bank, which has brought her to spend long periods of time in the Middle East and to develop a passion for food as political and cultural resistance. Having established and run the artists in residency at the Pistoletto Foundation in Italy for ten years, she has on ongoing interest in the social function of art and in nurturing emerging talents.  

Tisna Westerhof

Director

is a multi disciplinary artist, and art educator. She has a Bachelor Degree of Fine Art in Education (Amsterdam), a BA in Printmaking-Royal Academy of Art (The Hague) and a MA in Scenography-Central St Martins (London). While her practice is grounded in printmaking, she revels in breaking down the limitations of materials and reinventing traditional handicrafts, a powerful, personal, political and poetic tool. Interested in people engaged in a project of self-transformation and motivated by the function of art education in society, Tisna uses her voice in ceramics, textiles, installation, painting and printmaking as well as organizing, curating and collaborating with others. All are interconnected and attempt to give voice to the underrepresented and to dream a better world, free of social injustices and intolerance.  

Sigrun Sverrisdottir

Director

is a building & interior designer. A graduate of Kingston Polytechnic, she works mostly in London and teaches Interior Design at Kingston University.
Sigrun’s interests traverse the fields of art, design and social transformation. Her passion is the art of communicating a building’s potential through drawing, painting, photomontage or any visual means necessary. Often working with vacant, near derelict buildings, the challenge is to explore their potential through sketching, often in charcoal, the way the spaces are animated through daylight.
Being part of the campaign to bring this council property into public use, her focus tends to be on the fabric of the hARTslane building, using her keen interest in sustainability and developing an eco-conscious organisation.

Rachel Lonsdale

Programme Assistant

is a multi-disciplinary artist and events producer. She graduated from Wimbledon College of Art in 2020 with a BA degree in Fine Art. Rachel’s work takes small moments of human behaviour and replays them, rewinds them, and restages them into fiction using performance, text, humour, spoken word and installation. Rachel is an advocate for creating an accessible platform for artists who are trialling and experimenting with live and performance work. Rachel was a co-curator in the summer video screening project at hARTslane whereby fine art films were projected onto a dust sheet on the wall opposite the space.

Mary McInerney

Art facilitator

Mary studied Creative Arts at Newcastle Poly and completed an MA in Social Work at Goldsmiths College. She grew up in The Worcester Arts Workshop, which was a free creative space where people came together to make theatre, dance, music and lots of painting and pottery. She is a yoga teacher and dance practitioner as well as an art facilitator.  She has a particular interest in advocacy and people having a voice. She very much shares hARTslane’s vision of empowering people and communities through the arts. 

Jada Perry

BSBH coordinator

Jada is our coordinator for Be Seen Be Heard Youth Forum since 2020, producing series of online workshops and tutorials, organising exhibitions and leading social media and communications. She is currently a student at Ravensbourne university working towards a foundation diploma in design and media, specialising in visual communication. As an artist, Jada enjoys producing pieces that educate people about various issues in modern society.

Flynn Richards

Media designer

Flynn Richards, is an 18 year old, South London based artist designer, currently in his final year of Interactive Digital Design at the Brit School. With a background in Dance, he has a great interest in movement and body language, and how that can translate into 2D animation. His ambition is to create a more understanding world, celebrating diversity and the magic of the everyday through the art of animation. As hARTslane’s media designer, Flynn creates visuals, illustrations and small videos, as well as assisting Jada in coordinating the BSBH Youth Forum.

Advisory Board

NIKOS AKTRIDIS | Independent curator with a background in the field of media, communications and cultural studies.

GUY FORRESTER | Architect, Partner at BUJ Architects.

DAVID HOLLOWAY OBE | Educationalist, involved with exclusion, anthropology, arts and environment.

SARA WILLETT | Artist, Former AGM Chair at Lewisham Art House, where she currently runs the Graduate Award Scheme.

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