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About

DRAF (David Roberts Art Foundation) is an independent, non-profit organisation for contemporary art. Since it was founded in 2007, DRAF has welcomed over 100,000 visitors to international programmes including exhibitions, commissions, performances and discussions. To date, DRAF has partnered with over 100 museums, institutions, and not for profit organisations and collaborated with over 1,000 artists.

DRAF moved from its original premises in Fitzrovia in 2012 to its current space at Symes Mews, 37 Camden High Street, Mornington Crescent, London NW1 7JE. In 2015, DRAF Studio opened as a dedicated space for live projects.

The David Roberts Art Foundation Limited is a registered charity in England and Wales (No.1119738). It is proudly supported by the Edinburgh House Estates group of companies.

 

01 Exhibitions

DRAF has realised almost fifty exhibitions on various scales, looking at both emerging and established practices. These range from solo shows to group exhibitions, and include new commissions, works on loan and works from the David Roberts Collection. DRAF approaches each exhibition as a stage for ideas, to produce new contexts for artworks. These prototypes respond to different ideas and practices.

In addition, two distinctive models – The Curators’ Series and Studies – allow DRAF to collaborate with curators and writers.

02 The Curators’ Series

The Curators’ Series supports independent curators by commissioning special research-based exhibitions. The Series presents diverse fields of knowledge, methodologies and practices. Each year, DRAF invites an individual, duo or organisation to curate an original exhibition at the gallery.

03 Studies

DRAF’s Studies are a series of focused case-studies of works from the David Roberts Collection. Each presentation centres on a single work. DRAF invites a writer to study the work in depth, from its technical and material history to its position in the artist’s practice and contemporary debates. The commissioned text is included in a printed booklet, which is available alongside the work in the gallery .

04 DRAF Studio

Since its foundation, DRAF has been committed to performance and education at the centre of its programme. In 2015, DRAF opened a dedicated space for live projects. DRAF Studio hosts an original programme of performances, talks and residencies in collaboration with artists, choreographers, musicians, writers and peer organisations.

DRAF Studio is supported by Arts Council England and DRAF Galleries Circle.

05 Artworks in residence

Artworks in residence is a selection of works from the collection and new site-specific commissions displayed on a long-term basis in the DRAF building. They form a discreet and parallel exhibition, an exhibition which follows its own rules, a treasure hunt  in the museum.

Currently on view: works by Ruth Beale, Martin Boyce, Jason Dodge, Dora Garcia, Marie Lund, Benoît Maire, Kris Martin, Prabhakar Pachpute and Pietro Roccasalva.

Artists who have participated in the series include: Caroline Achaintre, Rebecca Ackroyd, Luis Camnitzer, Victor Man, Manuela Ribadeneira, Adam Thompson and Lawrence Weiner.

Beth Collar was commissioned to respond to the series. Gallery Copy, 2015, is a limited edition risograph artist’s book which acts as a guide to the Artworks in residence.