Tank Gallery, Ladywell








The Tank Gallery is attached to the recently-rejuvenated Ladywell Tavern. It's a small space but it's already being put to good use by the artist who runs it, Aoife van Linden Tol, whose exhibition "A Stitch in Time" runs until May 29th. Its bunker-like qualities make it the perfect space to show her explosives-inspired work.

Aoife explains how the Gallery got started:

The Landlord has wanted to use the space as a gallery for some time now. I heard about it through a friend and we met up and decided to go for it. He really wants the pub to be more than just a boozer.

There are so many artists in the area and the space itself being perfect for a gallery. So it made perfect sense to go for that idea really. The space had been used as storage for years and we turned it around in two and a half weeks!

The aim is to serve the local community putting on high quality. contemporary shows of local, as well as international artists of various stages in their careers. I think it will work particularly well as a platform for unknown or up and coming artists.

We also want it to be quite dynamic. So we want to have parties, kids projects, art classes, poetry, performance art and get the local colleges and universities involved. I am talking to someone about life drawing classes in the upstairs room, so hopefully that will start up soon.

I am very open for people to get involved if they have good ideas that would work in the space.

We normally close at 6pm but will do late openings if there is stuff happening at the pub. In which case we can stay open till 9 or 10pm.

29 comments:

Comment said...

"we want to have parties, kids projects, art classes, poetry, performance art and get the local collages and universities involved."This is what I'd hoped Tea Leaf Arts would be doing.

Comment said...

I went past the Tea Factory the other day and I thought how great that space could've been for a cinema, instead is penthouse flats.

We are so lacking in good entertainment facilities in this area. The money will always flow out there's just not enough to do locally.

Brockley Nick said...

Cheer up Comment, we are talking about two community galleries in the space of about a mile, neither of which existed a year ago.

A cinema would not have been viable on the Tea Factory site.

Comment said...

A boutique style cinema not some multiplex but anyway who knows.

We do need more things to do within easy walking distance, more escapist activity sometimes the pub or park just doesn't cut it.

Anonymous said...

Isn't the Brockley Jack a cinema?

That place looks like dragons den!

Hugh said...

Tea Factory residents are probably all in negative equity now. I hope having art nearby helps.

Headhunter said...

Good luck to them. I'll have to head down that way sometime. bit of a hike down to Ladywell though...

On the subject of cinemas, there really aren't any in Lewisham are there? Of course there's the cinema in Greenwich and the multiplex thing in Surrey Quays, but Lewisham and Catford, both pretty major centres have nothing. There used to be one in Catford, I remember seeing the 1st of the Lord of the Rings films there back in 2000 or 2001, but it's flats now I think...

Hugh said...

Greenwich Picture House has the best bar in the area - the one looking over the street and is a lovely quiet place for a pint pre- or post-flick.

Brockley Jon said...

Yep, Hugh's right, the Picture House is great, and within easy strolling distance of the northern side of Brockley.

Ladywell is also a relatively easy stroll from anywhere in Brockley - hardly a hike, Headhunter, and aren't you a cyclist anyway?

Anonymous said...

Great stuff!

There's great talent in the area but better to have even better talent brought in from further afield!

I think it's a shame that Tea Leaf is (to me) very poor in it's choice of artist(s) - perhaps because it's a co-operative type thing so that anyone who wants to show could simply join the co-op - not a good foundation on which to build.

But, as Nick says, there's more than enough room for both.

Richard said...

Picturehouse is definitely the best around, but hardly close. Expensive, but comfy seats, great bar & you can take your drink to the screen. Being a Picturehouse they also show a fair amount of arthouse films, do kid's film lessons, etc.

Popped into Tea Leaf once and quite liked most things there, plus there was surprisingly quite a lot to see considering the size of the place. Still worried that I don't hear much about it, by word of mouth or otherwise. Being involved in BMax should help a lot.

Comment said...

I don't think it's unreasonable to want one consistent good quality form of entertainment in a town of this size with a tube coming.

Any enterpreneurs out there, nows the time.

Anonymous said...

I take issue with the Picturehouse because they sell seats where viewing the screen is difficult at best - and as the only job they *really* have to do is show films it's bizarre to say the least.

The developers 'promised' a cinema in the Lewisham Gateway - you'll be lucky...

Pete said...

The only problem I have with Tea Leaf Arts is that it has always been closed when ever I've gone there. That being said, I don't go up to that neck of the woods very often so I could be being unfair.

Anonymous said...

Surely a pub should be used for only one type of Artist

Headhunter said...

I agree that the Picture House is not far away, it's only about a mile from Manor Avenue, I walk over to Greenwich quite frequently. Somehow I can't be bothered to walk to Ladywell, other than that pub, there's not a lot there apart from a few local shops and a park. I cycle a lot, but it's hardly worth getting the bike out for the short journey from Manor Ave to Greenwich or Ladywell. I don't get the bike out for anything less than 5 miles.

patrick1971 said...

A full, unfolded bike and an enormopram both attempted to get on the train at Ladywell this morning; both failed, to the disgrutlement of their owners and other commuters' secret amusement (mine, at least). What is in people's minds that they think these are appropriate in peak hour?

Anonymous said...

"I don't get the bike out for anything less than 5 miles."

Take yourself outside for a second mate and give yourself a big slap. Then return to your desk feeling a little less like a tool.

Headhunter said...

Eh? Why does not wanting to get my bike out for less than 5 miles make me a tool?! There really are some complete wierdos around....

Anonymous said...

Twas the way you said it. You know it. I know it. Everyone knows it. Be contrite now my friend but you can't undo what's been done.

Anonymous said...

but would you say that to his face Anon 13 May 2009 14:58?

Headhunter said...

I wasn't trying to be anything anon, it was just a statement of fact. I cycle a lot but don't bother for distances of less than 5 miles. Anyway, I took myself out for a slap and I stand by what I said...

Monkeyboy said...

Was the reaction anything like this?

Anonymous said...

lol

Sue said...

looks like we're getting a new cafe of some kind on the corner of Ladywell Road/Algernon Road soon, in what used to be Life Cafe (then the caribbean place, pizza place and ex-catalogue goods place in quick succession). Fingers crossed, that will hopefully make 4 good places to eat & drink in Ladywell - the Tavern, Masons, Oscars and new as yet to be named cafe/restaurant. Plus the more traditional cafe on Algernon Road (not sure whether it's officially a greasy spoon or not). Just need lots of people to support them . . .

Brockley Jon said...

LOL at the Hitler spoof, and I don't think there was anything wrong at all with Headhunter's comment - my bike lives in a shed at the bottom of my garden - I don't get that out to nip down the shops!

Thanks for the Ladywell update, Sue, great news. You fly the flag - it's coming on leaps and bounds.

Anonymous said...

Just a tiny point, Aoife van Linden Tol is a she, not a he.

betamatt said...

I visited the gallery today and was very impressed - it's a really great space and the current exhibition is very good.
Hopefully it will continue to be well used - IMHO this is exactly the sort of thing that we should be supporting in Brockley (and Ladywell, of course)

Moira said...

Tank Gallery are holding events as part of the B Max. 29 May - A Stitch in Time, 3 June - Film Screening, and 5,6 & 7 June - Against the Wall, live painting. Check out www.brockleymax.co.uk for more details.

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