About

DRAF is at Symes Mews, 37 Camden High St, London NW1 7JE.

DRAF is a registered charity (no. 1119738) founded by London-based collector David Roberts in 2007, and is generously supported by Edinburgh House Estates Limited. Vincent Honoré was appointed Director in 2008.

PRODUCING performances and exhibitions

Over the last seven years, DRAF has realised over forty exhibitions and fifty performances and live events. Exhibitions range from solo shows to group exhibitions for which often new works are commissioned

PERFORMING gestures, rhythms and texts, animating spaces and situations

Artists, choreographers, writers and musicians are commissioned to work together for DRAF’s celebrated evenings of performances. To celebrate its ongoing commitment to performance, DRAF opened a dedicated live projects space: DRAF Studio. The expansion occupies a 250 sq m converted industrial loft with original wooden rafters within DRAF’s London building

STUDYING works, concepts and contexts in depth

A commitment to focus on a work or an idea drives the Study series and research symposia

DISCUSSING emerging questions with artists, specialists and audiences

Year-round talks and live events in collaboration with institutions and universities are open to all

FOSTERING a body of art works, a library of forms and contexts in parallel to its programme

DRAF is responsible for the David Roberts Collection of over 2,000 works by 600 artists, which neither shape nor are shaped by its exhibitions but offer a resource for research and presentation

CHALLENGING artists, curators and students to develop their ideas and practices

Collaboration with over 680 emerging and established artists and curators has forged our programme

EVOLVING new spaces and frameworks for making and presenting contemporary art

Prototypes including the Curators’ Series, the Evening of Performances or the Labs respond and adapt to new ideas and practices

INVITING the public to enjoy and engage with ambitious and innovative projects

Thousands of visitors are welcomed each year in our 19th century converted factory building in central London, from local and international and specialist and general audiences