The James Taylor Gallery
Run by Julia Crabtree and William Evans
London, United Kingdom
The James Taylor Gallery is a not-for-profit, artist-run exhibition space established by Julia Crabtree and William Evans in October 2008 in a large sprawling, multi-roomed warehouse in Hackney, East London. Formerly a Victorian factory, china warehouse, squat and film location, the shifting identities of this extensive space are highly evident.
A conscious decision was made to retain these reminders of its past; bare brick walls, weighty green metal doors, splatterings of graffiti and a cavernous dilapidated bus garage with a mountain of tyres, resulting in a space which provides a respite from the traditional "white cube".
The 10,000 sqft gallery provides a platform for emerging and established artists and curators, invited by Julia Crabtree and Will Evans to create work which contends with the building 'as is', inspired by its distinctive features and grand scale.
The gallery usually only occupies the ground floor of the factory but for JT Project 09, three additional rooms at the top of the building were open too, increasing the gallery space by half again. These rooms have a very different feel to the usual gallery space. At the top of the building each of these rooms has a pitched roof with rows of skylights that flood the spaces with natural light. The wooden floors are beautifully sanded and the bare brick free of graffiti. The only sign of dilapidation is the wooden sheets covering what were once large holes for shifting goods between floors and the occasional leak from the roof when it rains.
For JT Project 09 the James Taylor Gallery invited six local artist-run organisations to each occupy a room within their building.
JT Project 09 was: seven distinct temporary exhibitions hosted by James Taylor Gallery, independently organised by Fieldgate Gallery, Five Years, James Taylor Gallery, Katie Guggenheim, Supine Studios, The Centre of the Universe and Transition Gallery. Spread over two floors of a huge building, the project provided the opportunity to see shows by these peer organisations simultaneously.
We're having some problems with our website, which our web designer is currently working on but this link should lead you to information about the project (unfortunately we have been unable to upload images) https://jamestaylorgallery.co.uk/exhibitions/.
We fund the gallery by renting it out as a location for film and photoshoots between shows, it's been used by the BBC, Warp Films, GQ, The Guardian etc.