The Shipping Container Challenge


For the London Festival of Architecture this June we will be hosting a VR experience in our Forest Hill venue. We want to create a journey from the very minute visitors enter the yard which contains a 20ft shipping container – the perfect blank canvas to welcome, inspire and excite our guests about what awaits inside.

Using the LFA’s theme of Common, the exhibition will use the latest VR headsets to bring visitors closer to the life that lies within our green spaces. Finding themselves as tiny as an insect they will experience a new and unseen vantage point – should they look up however human life will be carrying on as usual and the buildings of the City will form that ever familiar back drop.

The proposal for the shipping container should encapsulate this vision. We are open to all suggestions but please make sure your proposal fits within the below criteria:

  • Budget for all labour, work and materials is up to £750
  • Painting / spraying / covering the shipping container are all possible but MUST be weather resistant – we want this to last beyond the LFA weekend!
  • Proposals that involve cladding or fixing to the container are welcome but the container must remain water tight so no fixings should break through the walls or obstruct the doors at the front.
  • We would like to use the design for promotional material so reproduction for marketing purposes must be allowed.
  • Dimensions are 600cm wide x 255cm high x 240cm deep.
  • You must be able to complete your proposal by 1 June 2023.
  • DEADLINE for submission 10 May 2023
  • Proposals should be sent in pdf or jpeg format and must include information about timeframes, materials, overall cost and how you propose to instal / complete the proposal in time for 1 June 2023.

Proposals to be sent to Please keep fil sizes to less than 10MB.

Happy to answer any questions – contact Jacquelyn on the email above.

New Dawn For Europe | In Conversation


SATURDAY 22 OCTOBER 5 – 7.30pm

Accompanying his current exhibition ‘New Dawn for Europe’, Paul Raftery will be in conversation with Oxford University Professor of Modern European History, Paul Betts, and architecture critic and writer, Cathy Slessor.

Their discussion will focus on public spaces, the history of these spaces for uniting people and how they have been documented over the years.

Guests are welcome to arrive from 5pm for a chance to view the exhibition and have a drink, and the talk will start at 5:30pm.

Tickets are free but please register via Eventbrite or please email directly so that we have an idea of numbers.

We hope you can join us for this fascinating evening!


Open House Festival 2022

Sunday 11 September 12 – 5pm | 6 David Mews SE10 8NJ

As most of you know last year we left our home of 8 years in Shad Thames and moved with our friends AVR London to a fantastic space in Greenwich. It may not be our exhibition space but it is where we are day in day out planning and plotting and chatting with artists.

On Sunday 11 September we will be opening our doors as part of  Open House Festival. We have been involved with the festival for many years now and love what it stands for, opening up the doors within our wonderful city and encouraging conversation.

Built during the early 1800’s, 6 David Mews consists of three interlocking historic industrial buildings. These have been stripped back, retro-fitted and co-joined and currently function as an office for AVR London & Anise Gallery.

Installed in the heart of the building is Rachel Ara’s This Much I’m Worth [The self-evaluating artwork] – a digital art piece that continually displays its sale value through a series of complex algorithms called ‘the endorsers’. It is constructed with materials that have a history loaded with association. It is both a functional object and spectacle seeking to question values, worth and algorithmic bias.

This work is the first in an edition of the ‘This Much I’m Worth’ series, shown at Anise Gallery in 2017, it went on to be exhibited at the Whitechapel Gallery, London and then at the Vienna Biennale in 2019 and now in David Mews. Tweet it, talk about it and see how it responds…

We will also be joined for the afternoon by architect Tim Hall from Light Earth Designs who will be talking through some incredible plans for the future, as below.

David Mews Concept Sketch – Light Earth Design

More information can be found on the Open House Website


Friday 8 April 6pm – 9pm

Please join us for a late opening and Finissage of Moving Cities, and see The Old Chapel by night.

View the mesmerising artwork of Jeanette Barnes and Helen Shulkin, transporting us to other dimensions while DJ Tim Hall plays music inspired by the energy of the city.

And don’t miss the tasty drinks on offer with thanks to Antic London and Brick Brewery!

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Thursday 31 March 7 – 8pm

We were delighted to welcome Jeanette Barnes to lead our Drawing the City workshop. 

Using colour, scale and layering, drawing from film, we captured the energy and motion of our bustling cityscapes, with the resulting drawings full of atmosphere and life.

Thank you to Jeanette and all those who attended!

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Sunday 20 March 4pm – 7pm

Join us at The Old Chapel for an afternoon of music, art and delicious food!

Prepare yourself for a musical feast as the Wild Arts Quartet present a 50 minute set of film music by Philip Glass, Arvo Pårt, Gregorio Allegri and more, with Ben Baker and Iréne Duval on violins, Jordan Bak on viola, and Orlando Jopling on cello. 

We will also be joined by the wonderful London Basque Kitchen who will be serving up some delicious nibbles especially chosen to accompany the music and if that is not enough, there will also be the chance to have a sneak preview of our forthcoming exhibition ‘Moving Cities‘.

Drinks and canapés will be served from 4pm. The quartet will start at approx 4:45 and there will be plenty of time after to speak with the musicians themselves, view the art work and have another enjoy another tasty morsel from London Basque Kitchen.

The event will take place in Anise Gallery’s new home, a recently converted 19th Century zion chapel in Forest Hill, SE23. The surroundings promise to do the music the justice it deserves!

We hope you can join us for our inaugural event at The Old Chapel. Everyone involved in this event is doing it for the love of music, art and food – we have no additional funding so unfortunately we will only be able to run this event if we sell enough tickets. Please therefore share this with like-minded souls and join us for an inspiring beautiful and tasty afternoon! We will of course keep you updated on ticket sales and as soon as we know that we can run the event for definite you will be the first to know!!

The Wild Arts Quartet

Benjamin Baker

Since winning 1st Prize at the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York and 3rd Prize at the Michael Hill Competition in New Zealand in 2017, Benjamin Baker has established a strong international presence.

Described by the New York Times as bringing ‘virtuosity, refinement and youthful exuberance’ to his debut at Merkin Concert Hall, he is much sought after as soloist and chamber musician.

Recent highlights include regular appearances at Wigmore Hall and on BBC Radio 3, his debut with Scottish Chamber Orchestra at the East Neuk Festival and with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in NZ, alongside solo recordings with the BBC Concert and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras.

Irène Duval

Praised for her “infinite delicacy” (Le Populaire du centre), “astonishing virtuosity” (Revelation Classiques, Prades) and “her mastery of phrasing and of the dramatic dimension”(Diapason), Irène has won multiple international competitions and is an active performer of concerti, recitals and chamber music.

Irène has appeared frequently as a soloist both throughout her native France and abroad. Her engagements have included performances at the Philharmonie de Paris, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Salle Gaveau, Dresdner Kulturpalast, Wigmore Hall, Les Folles Journées in Japan.

She has played with the Dresdner Philharmonie, Kremerata Baltica, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Sinfonia Varsovia, Bad Elster Chursaesische Philharmonie, Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine, Orchestre Lyrique de Région Avignon Provence, with conductors Maxim Emelyanichev, Roberto Fores Veses, Michael Sanderling, Robert Trevino.

Jordan Bak

Award-winning Jamaican-American violist Jordan Bak is building an exciting international career as a trailblazing artist, praised for his radiant stage presence, dynamic interpretations, and fearless power.

He is frequently in demand as a concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and educator. The 2021 YCAT Robey Artist and a top laureate of the 2020 Sphinx Competition, Bak is also a Grand Prize winner and Audience Prize recipient of the 2019 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, the recipient of the 2019 Samuel Sanders Tel Aviv Museum Prize and the 2019 John White Special Prize from the Tertis International Viola Competition.

In addition, Jordan Bak is a member of the celebrated New York Classical Players and is a featured artist for WQXR’s Artist Propulsion Lab.

Orlando Jopling

A conductor, cellist and collaborator, Orlando Jopling combines a deep knowledge of orchestral and operatic repertoire with a thirst for new music and discovering new composers.

Orlando read music at Trinity College Cambridge where formative influences were the Wagner expert John Deathridge and Janáçek expert Paul Wingfield. He studied conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London under principal teachers Colin Metters, George Hurst, Colin Davis and Ilya Musin.

He has since worked with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the London Mozart Players and the Irish Chamber Orchestra among many others, both on the concert platform and in the recording studio.

London Basque Kitchen

Created by Monica Gil Ruiz, London Basque Kitchen is a unique catering company that delivers beautifully presented, creative yet uncomplicated and delicious food across London. Offering the best of both Spanish and British flavours, LBK offers worldwide cuisine inspired by travels and exciting ingredients.


The Old Chapel
27-33 Malham Road SE23 1AH
020 8858 3226

SUNDAY 20 MARCH 4pm – 7pm


SATURDAY 26 JUNE 2pm – 8pm / 6 DAVID MEWS, SE10 8NJ

For the London Festival of Architecture 2021, Anise Gallery and AVR London present Work Home. Play Home, a film exploring how we create workplaces that are optimised for, and care for, a work-life balance.

To celebrate the launch of AVR London & Anise Gallery’s new creative home, join us at 6 David Mews for a series of live screenings of Work Home. Play Home, followed by short talks from a selection of industry experts. 

There will be 4 screenings throughout the afternoon followed by a short talk and Q&A from one of our experts.

Please use the links provided to book the time slot that you wish. Each session is expected to last around 45 minutes. Places are very limited to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for everyone, so make sure you book early!



2pm – Amy Frearson

Amy Frearson is a London-based journalist and editor specialising in architecture and design. She is editor-at-large for Dezeen, the world’s biggest and most influential design website, and a regular contributor to magazines including Elle Decoration, Grand Designs, Icon and Design Anthology. She is also co-author of All Together Now: the co-living and co-working revolution, published by RIBA Books. Before moving into journalism, Amy worked in architectural practice for five years. She holds a master’s in architectural history from The Bartlett and a degree in architecture from Kingston University.

3.30pm – Sarah Yates

Sarah Yates is a Researcher at London’s leading built environment organisation, New London Architecture (NLA). She studied art and architectural history at Leeds University and then undertook an MA in Curating Contemporary Design at Kingston University, where she focused on curating architecture outside of the traditional museum environment.

Sarah has worked as a freelance curator, editor, researcher and programme manager for heritage and built environment organisations including English Heritage and Open-City, as well as NLA. Since 2006, she has co-authored major reports, most recently The Changing Face of London and WRK/LDN: Office Revolution?

5pm – Catarina Kohut

Catarina is an associate at Jonathan Tuckey Design, focusing on the reuse and adaptation of existing buildings towards sustainable regeneration. Since she joined the studio in 2013, she has worked on a wide range of projects at different scales, including the Gasholders Building in King’s Cross, fashion boutique Egg’s outpost at Dover Street Market, and the practice’s own new office building in Kensington Olympia, which has been converted from an existing Victorian pub.

Catarina obtained her Masters in Architecture from Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa in Portugal, and has always been an enthusiastic traveller, working in Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland, before joining Jonathan Tuckey Design in London.

6.30pm – Tim Hall & Joe Robson

Formerly a partner at FCB Studios, Tim Hall went on to set up Light Earth Design alongside Peter Rich, Michael Ramage and Ana Gatoo. As pioneers of Sustainable Technologies and Green urban Design, the practice combines architecture, design and engineering to explore sustainable design solutions that contribute to societies’ future development. Tim has taught architectural design and has lectured extensively in the UK, Rwanda, Sweden and South Africa.

Joe Robson set up Architectural Visualisation practice AVR London in 2006 and has since worked with some of the world’s most influential architects on some of the most striking buildings such as The Shard and NEO Bankside. In 2012 he set up Anise Gallery with his partner Jacky Jubert. The joint venture has rapidly been recognised as one of London’s key galleries focused on architectural artwork.

Together, Joe and Tim will discuss the collaborative design approach used in David Mews and other schemes.

Art Under the Influence – A Panel Discussion


Please join us for


On Friday 19 October, alongside Matteo Zamagni’s exhibition ‘Crepuscolo’ we will be joined by an inspiring panel who will be questioning the role of art in our present society and to what extent art can actually influence popular opinion.

The exhibition will be open from 2pm, the talk will commence at 7pm. No need to RSVP. Please note this talk is at Anise Workshop, 27-33 Malham Road, SE23 1AH.

Abstracted:Architecture Closing Brunch

SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER 11am – 1pm

The wonderful Abstracted:Architecture by Mike Curry comes to a close this Saturday. To mark the end of this beautiful exhibition we are offering 10% off all work on Saturday and we will throw in a coffee and croissant too!

We hope you can join us in Shad Thames this
Saturday 12 October from 11am.

SOS_19 Summer Programme


This August Anise Gallery will be hosting two events as part of the School of Speculation‘s 2019 public lecture programme.

On August 1st, we will be joined by “post-internet” artist Ed Forniles who will be giving a talk on his latest work which seeks to “disrupt the world of the internet, a world in which today most feel comfortable in.”

On August 8th, we will be joined by interdisciplinary artist Daisy Ginsberg who will be presenting her research on synthetic biology and the design of living matter. You can book tickets for this event here.

Events start at 7pm, talk will start around 7:30pm. Tickets are £5 / £3 concessions.

Kids Coding Workshop


After the success of our first coding workshop we are holding another one on Saturday 27 April at 2pm, the last day of Virtual Playground.

Using Scratch, we’ll run you through the basics, show you how to create your own character, make it move and generally have fun. By the end of the session you’ll be playing your very own computer game that you created.

As part of our Virtual Playground Exhibition there will also be plenty of opportunity to try out the games that are part of the exhibition and the multiple virtual reality experiences.

Please see details of the course below.
Numbers are strictly limited to 8 so if you would like to join us please sign up via the eventbrite link.
Recommended age between 6 and 12 but please do contact us if you think your child will enjoy the workshop and is a different age.


  • To create a maze game
  • Possibility of creating a multi level game
  • Learn what a Sprite is
  • Learn how to find Sprites and apply them to the game
  • How to set commands using the green flag and keyboard shortcuts.

The course will start at 2pm – please arrive 1:45pm at the latest.
The course will run for approx 1 hour to 1 hour 30mins.
Each child will receive a certificate and goody bag at the end of the course.

Panel Discussion 26 Jan 2019

Please join us for our latest talk


SATURDAY 26 JANUARY (talk starts 5pm)

We will be joined by:

Mattia, Luigi and Davide : (ab)Normal
David and Daniel : The D*Haus Company – Experimental architecture and design
Joe : AVR London – Architectural visualisation and VR
Herbert Wright will be taking charge of the discussion – we hope you can join us!

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Please don’t worry about just turning up on the day though.

We’ll be open from 4pm so feel free to pop by, have a drink and see the current exhibition – Datasutra by (ab)Normal

In Limbo | Tate Modern Dec 2018

What are you waiting for….

We were delighted to collaborate with Jacek Ludwig Scarso and the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design on In Limbo. A week-long participatory experience, conceived and led by Jacek reflects on the meaning of waiting. Take a seat and share with us what you’re waiting for… or simply relax, and just wait.
Taking over the 5th floor of the Blavatnik Building for a week in December we partnered with our friend at  A-VR  to curated a VR waiting room journey which complimented the experience. We hope to take In Limbo to other locations so watch this space!