Based in a former spice warehouse in Shad Thames, Anise Gallery has been promoting the intrinsic link between contemporary art and architecture since its opening in 2012. During this time the space has been host to a range of media including installation, photography, VR, print and painting work, conveying the ‘architectural’ in all its forms. The gallery space itself embodies this ethos in its physical appearance as directors Jacquelyn and Joseph have ensured that original features of the warehouse have been conserved and revealed.
Alongside its curated exhibitions, the gallery regularly participates in London’s main architectural events of the year such as the London Festival of Architecture and Open House London. They are also collaborating with the RIBAJ on their Eyeline Drawing Competition for the third year running and hope to continue to be an integral part of the competition. Their annual summer graduate show, a select exhibition of works from recently graduated artists, has been featured in Time Out and London Live – the exhibition is now in its 5th year.
The gallery works closely, both in the sense of shared space and interest with architectural illustrators AVR London. The two companies often collaborate on projects and exhibitions.
“Anise Gallery reaches the parts other galleries do not reach, architecture, the urban environment, engineering and much more. They will always present you with something very personal and thought provoking, artworks made with skill and a passion for the built world.” Ben Johnson
Jacquelyn established Anise Gallery in 2012 after the extensive renovation of the spice warehouse in Shad Thames and has exhibited a range of early- to mid-career artists in a range of forms from large-scale installation to virtual reality. Participating in London’s annual high profile architectural events such as the London Festival of Architecture and Open House London has firmly established the gallery within the art and architectural world. Anise Gallery’s annual Summer Graduate Show curated under Jacquelyn’s direction, provides a platform for graduates in London’s art scene.
Prior to Anise Gallery Jacquelyn gained valuable knowledge into the industry through working for a variety of galleries in Surrey and London, including the Rebecca Hossack Gallery in Fitzrovia. She also spent 10 years as executive assistant to renowned architect Piers Gough which gave her the background, knowledge and passion for architecture which now forms the backbone of Anise Gallery’s ethos.
Jacquelyn is a member of the Association of Women Art Dealers and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Joseph Robson // Founder
Joseph Robson studied architecture at the University of Bath before working at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA) researching 3D modelling, virtual reality and historical reconstruction. His MPhil thesis ‘Computer Investigations into Renaissance Art and Architecture’ was published in 1996 and he is currently writing his doctoral thesis on the use of illustration within architecture. Joseph moved to London in 1998 to become Head of Computer Generated Images at Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners, where he worked on projects including the Eden Centre, St Botolph’s House and Bath Spa. He established AVR London in 2006 and has since worked with some of the world’s most celebrated architects.
Joseph has had work exhibited at the RIBA, Royal Academy, Somerset House and the Sorbonne. Alongside running AVR London he is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Bath and lecturer on The Cities Programme at the London School of Economics, he is also a Fellow of the Society of Architectural Illustration where he has held the position of President since 2011. AVR London acquired the Anise warehouse in 2011 and Joseph’s input in artwork selection is key to the gallery’s ethos.
Issey Scott // Gallery Manager
Issey joined Anise Gallery in May 2015 and graduated in History of Art at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2016. Offering an invaluable contribution to exhibition planning, Issey’s skills in writing and research form an integral part of the evolution of Anise Gallery. She is also a writer on contemporary art and has written for various publications on themes including painting, architecture, permaculture and climate change.