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 to a converted former factory in Camden in 2012. In 2015, DRAF Studio opened as an additional dedicated space for live projects. In Autumn 2017, DRAF celebrated its 10th anniversary with exciting plans to significantly expand the programme beyond its London base, closing the Camden space to activate projects across the UK.

DRAF launched an ambitious programme of collaborations under new Director & Chief Curator Fatos Ustek in 2018.

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.

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.

04 DRAF Studio

Since its foundation, DRAF has been committed to performance and education at the centre of its programme. From 2015–2017, DRAF Studio was a dedicated space for live projects within the Camden headquarters. DRAF Studio hosted an original programme of performances, talks and residencies in collaboration with artists, choreographers, musicians, writers and peer organisations.

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

05 Artworks in residence

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

Artists who have participated in the series include: Caroline Achaintre, Rebecca Ackroyd, Ruth Beale, Martin Boyce, Luis Camnitzer, Jason Dodge, Dora Garcia, Marie Lund, Benoît Maire, Victor Man, Kris Martin, Prabhakar Pachpute, Pietro Roccasalva, 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.