Motorway rambles by Joe Moran

The revered academic, writer and cultural commentator, Joe Moran, talks about Edward Chells work in his recent blog Motorway Rambles. View Joe Morans Blog

Morans's recent book On Roads: A Hidden History, explores the subject and spaces close to the heart of Edward Chell. Find out more or buy On Roads: A Hidden History by Joe Moran

Edward Chell featured on Edgelands on Open Country BBC Radio4

Listen to Edward Chell talk about the edgelands, the subject of his art work, on this wonderful program.

Richard Uridge explores the Edgelands around Manchester with poets Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts, who urge us to love the disregarded spaces between the city and countryside.

Listen here

Edward Chell website


Misty Moon Gallery Opening / Winter Exhibition

Misty Moon Gallery Opening
Winter Exhibition

Preview Night: Thurasdy 8th Dec 2011, 7pm - Late
Music by Steve 'Boltz' Bolton

Exhibition: 5th - 17th December 2011

Following the announcement of the departure of Tank from the Ladywell Tavern, we are delighted to reveal that our long term monthly resident, The Misty Moon will be taking over the space. The Director and curator Stuart Morris will be programming exhibitions by local and international artists as well as hosting art fairs, art and crafts markets, talks, screenings and other events.

We are very happy that the space will be run by a dedicated and enthusiastic team who will continue to make it and Ladywell a hub of creative culture. We wish the Misty Moon all the success in the future.

For more details and to sign up to their mailing list and please visit

Tank Closing Exhibition: Viewing Stations, new work by Edward Chell

Edward Chell
Viewing Stations

Private View & Closing Party : Thursday 10th Nov 6:30-9:30pm
Exhibition: 11th-26th November 2011

Image: Conium maculatum, Edward Chell,
Acrylic on and varnish on gesso, 11 inches x 9 inches, 2011

Tank is excited to announce Viewing Stations, a solo exhibition of new works by London based artist, Edward Chell, as our ultimate show at The Ladywell Tavern premises. After an industrious and successful two and a half years, Tank will be leaving the space and continuing as an independent curatorial organisation. Tank will now work closely with artists to create exhibitions in range locations. The private view will not only celebrate the opening of a great show by Edward Chell, but also the wonderful history of Tank within the space over the past few years.

I must say that I am delighted to be showing Edward work once again and that he will have full use of the Tank space. The two intricate paintings hung in the Pleasure Principle exhibition were received with such unanimous admiration that I knew his solo show would be something very special.

Currently engrossed in his study of the motorway verges of the UK, Chell, produces paintings, sculptures and installation works.

His stunning paintings, delicate and obsessively intricate, record the beauty of these forgotten spaces. In contrast, his bold installation works, inspired by the man made interventions that proliferate the roads and border lands, they incorporate the practical and clean aesthetics of the graphic designer. As with the threads of tarmac that cross the nation, where the wild edge of nature meet the garish formality and regulation of modern existence, Chell's works co-exist together in comfortable opposition.

All Edward Chell's creations are rendered with meticulous attention to detail, fine craftsmanship and conceptual vigour.

I am very much looking forward to this show and couldn't think of a better artist to conclude our residence at Tank.

More info on the Tank website.


City Sailing

So I haven't shown my own work at Tank for a while.

I had the idea to hang a continuous piece of white fabric throughout Tank to create a sail like installation. This was mostly inspired by sailing with my father when I was thirteen years old. He worked on tall ships for a company called Vision Quest in the US. They took groups of delinquent kids from juvenile hall on wagon trails across the Nevada dessert or sailing two masted schooners around the East coast.

The New Way was not in official service for most of the year we spent living in Pensacola, Florida. I think it was waiting for some kind of repair or service before they could continue questing. In the mean time we got to sail on short charter trips around Pensacola Bay. We then took a trip 200 miles East along the Gulf Coast to to Apalachicola on her sister ship the Bill of Rights. Wow what a trip. Crazy storms! I kept trying to get on deck and help ( I felt totally sick downstairs and loved being on deck) My dad had to lock me down to keep me safe! The following summer we sailed the Bill of Rights all the way around Florida from Pensacola to Georgia with many an adventure along the way.

I loved working on the boat. Climbing out onto the rigging and furling the sails while the boat was speeding through the waves. I helped pull up the anchor determined to use every inch of power and gravity to help me pull my lever just as fast as the guy on the opposite one, despite my fairly slight frame. Coz I can do anything just as good as a grown guy..right!? My dad was proud and called me his “little sweat princess” Yeah, thanks dad! Yuck!

The sails are ever changing. Big and billowing, being reigned in, one up one down, furled, unraveled, swinging the boom over, forever permutating to catch the best wind.

When I arrived in the gallery to make Sail, I had an idea about what I wanted but actually it evolved much better than I expected. Taking on the characteristics of real sails while bonding with the building itself in a way I did not expect. I find myself lingering on the top floor of tank longer and longer, soaking in the light and the breeze.

Aliceson Carter's video works form the perfect collaboration. Charing Cross shows a memorizing sky - most of what you can see while at sea. And Rain with flows abstractly on a horizontally like the water alongside a boat.

I feel like tank has set sail with me in it! Humm...where shall I go?


PS: I found the Bill of Right and what was the New Way:

TANK Expansion

With Spring here, and the days getting longer and sunnier, we at TANK are primed to embark on the expansion of our gallery Space. Next to the existing gallery is a large and beautiful brick walled garage filled to the gunnels with junk, tat and (certainly from my point of view) the materials for some rather lovely sculpture.

The plan so far is to strip out and bin the crap, rescue some of the tat (I have my eye on a very old and stunningly beautiful type writer) and build some sculpture. I’m getting ahead of myself really. We have our work cut out. Walls need to be scrubbed, floors washed, and partition walls built. This done we hope to have a great space, and here’s the genius twist, that we won’t be turning into actual gallery space.

What we hope to achieve is a place where people can come to talk, have a latte, bring friends and get really involved in the ethos and philosophy of TANK. We want people to come up with mad ideas and great concepts Add Imagefor shows which we can help bring to life.

The new space will become a place where people can come to sell their work, buy the work of our represented artist and become involved in a Patronage scheme which Aoife and I believe will change the way people purchase work and support the artists represented at TANK. We believe that by building a network of artists and collectors we can really make an impact for artists in the South East and hope that you will want to be a part of this process. So, if you fancy lending a hand painting a wall, or even putting one up, get in touch (there might even be a cold beer in it for you).

There will be more information about our expansion on the website soon and we will be looking for illustrators and artists to produce prints for sale in the near future so watch this spot and I’ll keep you up to date.

Hope you’re all well.



The Sleep Over

That’s right, we went there. For one night only TANK became a hotel/bordello/gallery space in which we slept. Don’t get me wrong – we had good reason to. The first installation of Emma Winters’ extravagant piece “A Tale of Trails” had been installed and open to the public for a month previously. Turns out, building a gigantic tree out of willow branches and pages from old books is not only awesome cool but extremely beautiful. Emma’s installation at TANK is only the start of a project in which new worlds and dramatic settings will be created in spaces all over London.

The night in question was Emma’s closing party. As we made merry amist the billowing smoke and otherworldly-music, sipping on Vodka and Lyche cocktails (easiest thing in the world to make – Glass, Ice, Vodka of choice and Rubicon Lyche juice to taste. Stir, shake, what-evz – Banging!) it occurred to us that we should bring blankets into the grotto and spend the night. More fun that getting the bus home and besides why would you sleep in a bed when you can sleep on a hard wood floor?

I’ll tell you something though – making rubber Catsuits with what I now refer to as “The Lyche-Over” is a savage way to spend a morning after.




The Poetry Reading

Our new Exhibition has just opened. Rather than being a direct collaboration between our two artists Stephen Lee and Maria Chevska the gallery has become a space where their work is seen in conversation. We held the Private view for the show “Eye of the blackbird” on Thursday 10th February. I was really excited (I love a good private view). I suddenly, however, became filled with fear when Maria asked me to read a poem...

You know that dream when you’re stood in front of a group of people reading a poem and it all goes horribly wrong and you run off crying and wake up in a cold sweat? It’s much worse when it’s real. So much worse. First time I read poetry (from memory) I was 10 and I froze half way through “All the World’s a Stage”. You know the one, good old Bill Spears, As You Like It, if my memory serves. Absolute nightmare, shamed myself and everything.

Second time, Sixth Form, I was playing Uncle Ben in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” (So depressing I can’t even tell you). Right before I walked on stage my mate shoved a bottle of Amyl-nitrate (poppers before they were shit) in my face and I just fell on stage, stood up and blanked. We tried to pick it up but one shouldn’t say the F word on stage, should one?

A few glasses of wine on and with the lovely Becca reading alternate stanzas of Wallace Stevens poem “Eye of the Blackbird” we were set to go. A crowd had assembled in the upstairs gallery area and we went for it. It is a truly wonderful poem and I think we read it really rather well. Un shamed at last and thinking about running at Monthly Poetry Slam as a result. If any of you are interested in getting involved all you have to do is get in touch!


George xx


Tank website

The Tank website has had a little face lift and is now has a very simple clean fresh look.
check it out:

We have also added an artist page where we feature all the artists that have graced our four walls (or eight if you count both floors) There are links to their websites if they have them and we will also be offering works for sale from our new catalogue page with is in development now. I really want to help promote and give a space for all the artists who have shown at tank to sell their work and be contacted. There will be some amazing work on offer as well as prints, posters and editions.

I am liking the simple look. What do you think?



So, Reel Film, Tank's first film club kicked of last night with a very special first viewing. We had to draw back elements of the current installation, A Trail of Tales by Emma Winter, like a curtain, to make room for watching the screen. The pictures are very dark but you can get an idea of how cozy it was sitting amongst the art on chairs and on the floor. After settling in with drinks and bowls of chips from the bar, we watched three films by local film makers and artists.

Aliceson Carter presented a wonderful fine art, observational, ultra documentary piece made whilst on a artist residency abroad. Sheridan Flynn and Kai Clear both presented beautifully captured documentary portraits of local characters. As we had hoped, we had a mixture of film makers and non film makers in the audience all of which participated in discussions. Sharing ideas, thoughts and tips.

The next Reel film will take place on the 24th of March and everyone has agreed to make something. Robin Morgan, who runs the night, really encouraged us all to at least try to make some kind of cinematic piece, whether it be 20 minute well finished film or simply 1 min of mobile phone footage. I have never been in the slightest bit interested in making film, however even I have been inspired to give it a go for next month. I may just record snippets on my mobile phone and see what happens! Sounds easy!??? Umm? Either way I am looking forward to the next one. x Aoife


Our current exhibition was featured in Le Cool this week which is great.
I have to say I really enjoyed installing the show and seeing its development into this wonderful world.

Initially the program I had planed for January fell through. As there was not a lot of time to prepare and install I asked Emma Winter to a take on the space. Her bold and simple ideas would be perfect to make a big impact with a fairly simple set up. And so this was the brief I set: bold and simple. The result is sertianly bold Linkbut it was also probably the most complex, layered, intricate detailed and fully handmade work we have had at Tank! But being the kind of curator who loves the artist to go all out for whatever they dream up I agreed to help her realize her concept.

After a week of late nights, a flat full of interns, using a sewing machine for the first time, and wallpaper pasting ourselves into a corner...not only is there now a stunning work that has transformed Tank but we also developed a close artistic relationship which will see us collaborate on future projects including the continuing chapters of the Trail of Tales exhibitions.

It just goes to show you that the most unexpected, last minute and difficult projects can bring you the most rewards. It had been fun, stimulating and intense. Which it exactly how I like it! Aoife


Books In Limbo...

Tank just collected first load of books today for Books in Limbo installation opening on the 1st of June. Very Exciting!

There is something so comforting about being amongst all those books. Its not surprising that they are a never ending source of inspiration for artists.

Their very fabric along with the content is an intoxicating combination open to exponential creative possibilities. Which is probably why this exhibition will have so many facets ...readings, discussions, performances, interactions, recordings, ....and more.

I was meant to keep focused on loading and unloading but kept getting distracted by cool book covers and interesting subjects.

The Use and Abuse of Statistics caught my eye. Something I have always been interested in....I used to go to the library (in the days before the internet) and pour of the Annual National Statistic Reports, comparing, checking and putting things into perspective.

An original Jane Fonda work out, The Geographia A1 atlas of London with no date that I can see yet..probably from the 40's or 50's, a set of encyclopedias, ancient DIY books, cook books, dictionaries. Some beautifully covered some with their cover torn off. I just have to try not to keep them all!

20 artists, poets & writers have been invited to choose a book to change, adapt, destroy, reinvent, or simply read. Artists including Judy Brown, Claire Stanhope, Stella Duncan Petley & Renata Kudlacek to name a few. The books in their new form will be added to the installation.

These are our building blocks, our source...what we do with it remains to be seen....we will work together to construct and deconstruct within the the space, but also the content. What are these books and what do they mean to us? Piles and piles of information, some highly specialised such as engineering study manuals and some just at the dawn of learning with kids counting books.

I want to swim in them all, bury myself in all that knowledge! I have to admit I couldn't resist rolling around on top of them in the back of the van! Haha!

More details about the exhibition and all the events to follow!

Books in Limbo, 28th May-19th July 2010
PV Tuesday 1st June 2010 6-9pm -DJ set by guest artist from 9pm.

text and photos by Aoife van Linden Tol


TANK: On the Road

The TANK girls also had their first official excursion last weekend; a kind of Thelma and Louise meets 24 Hour Party People. We took off on our weekend roadtrip in a battered red Mercedes Vito arriving in the middle of the night at the village of Aldermaston, just outside Reading. The party was held in a huge tent on the forest-like grounds of an out-of-the-way private estate. Great djs and a contagious funky vibe meant we pitched up our tents and, after some costume changes, partied like it was '99 all over again. Hopefully, we'll report back to you from more of these 'field-trips'!


Art in the Trenches?

By Ma Rainey: triangle player and daydreamer extraordinaire.

The new threads exhibition has gotten off to a roaring start, if the opening night was anything to go by. We had spoken word from Jason Shelley's The Romance; several accomplished performance poets; we had a live Dr. Seuss reading by the Cat in the Hat (my very favourite performance of the night!); and my own contribution blowing bubbles for the children in the audience, who promptly arranged a coup of sorts and took over. There was definitely a very relaxed, welcoming atmosphere at the gallery even as 'hoi polloi' rubbed shoulders with the great and good of the artworld, which promoted some controversial whispers. "I can't believe this is Ladywell," a merry guest or two thought aloud, "this feels like the East End." And in a sense, perhaps even a very large one, they were right.

There are a plethora of art galleries and spaces in East London full of Bright Young Things, with an active and involved audience for the work that they produce. It would be absurd to claim that South-East London is devoid of such talent (artists do not grow only in the concrete jungles of Shoreditch), nor, I feel justified in writing, would anybody stand behind such a claim. But it appears that we are felt to be on the fringes. Migration for those who are serious about being taken seriously is standard practice. The downside, however, to being closer to the bright lights of the big city is often that 'art-makers' become disposable fodder for a great Machine; discovery and success resting more on who you know and the luck of the draw, as opposed to the art piece speaking for itself.

I think it is this point that our guests were intrigued by. Art south of the Thames is as brash and challenging and, well, inspired as anything in the East. It only comes without the ribbons and bows of pretension; the South-East manages to successfully combine style and substance in equal measure, where Shoreditch, Hoxton and other trendy hubs of creative activity often become overly enamoured of the former, to the detriment of the latter. At the threads opening, everyone crowded into the downstairs space to watch, hear and be moved - lions sat down with lambs and shared discourses on postautonomy and the many faces of Vincent van Scoff... TANK Gallery and places like it are the life-blood of underground scenes, offering valuable exposure to artists who can't or won't take their art out of context. Art is an inevitable by-product of living; and those who live hardest feel most.


Ladywell Tavern wins Best Pub In Lewisham Award!

The Ladywell Tavern, to which we belong has won the Best Pub in Lewisham Award. This is a reflection of all the work put into both the pub and the gallery as well as the contribution it has been making to the Lewisham, and especially the Ladywell, community.

Its a lovely cozy pub with an open fire and a piano. The food is also really good so you should combine a visit tothe gallery with Sunday lunch or nice dinner one evening.

Check out the pub website:

Well done team!







EXHIBITION: 12th March- 3rd April 2010

PRIVATE VIEW: THURSDAY 11.03.2010 6:30-9:00PM


From Mud To Mortar presents four photographers attempting to capture individual viewpoints of the London landscape. From mud in East End canals to vast panoramas of the Thames, each of the artists has a unique perspective of the city they occupy.

Taken with a 1950's camera, Ziggy Grudzinskas' stunningly soft and ghostly landscapes are technical experiments, exploring the uses and the place of the more traditional manual camera in the context of modern digital photography. The photographs were created using a multiple exposure technique, as well as being scanned and composed later, which adds a depth and a history of sorts to rival the more 'polished' results gained from current digital techniques.

Adrian Hays' highly manipulated works have an almost CGI quality. These 'video game versions' of London posses a dark and abstract quality, contrasting an almost text-book, corporate glossy perfection with an underlying cinematic eeriness.

Alex Welensky's deliciously gritty images are somehow simultaneously very pure and very simple. Focusing on the texture of the landscape around the East End, Welensky's work often concentrates on dirt, rust, mud and decay – metaphors perhaps for the all that clots the dark heart of this great, yet at times loveless city. Composition, colour and attention to detail are key.

It is not surprising to find that as a photographer whose practice has its roots in reportage, Sheridan Flynn's photographs are the only ones with human bodies amongst the bricks.

Despite, or maybe because of this, there is a distinct lack of personal engagement in most of the images. No eye contact and often no faces at all. He negotiates these bodies as though they were pieces of street furniture, just more obstacles to walk around, and leaves the questions they silently pose unanswered. At times blending with the architecture, they are subtly lost in the advertising of the shops surrounding them.

What is so arresting about these collections of works is that they are hardly inhabited at all.

Beautifully capturing the wasteland of the 'transitional space' between beginning and end, the fall of industrial London and the rise of the new – there is a nothingness, a lack, in these works which existentially stands forward to be counted, and like Pierre in Sartre's café, is important precisely because of what is not there.

Image: The Layup by Ziggy Grudzinskas




SUNDAY 31.01.2010
6:30PM - 8:30PM


Tank is excited to introduce a presentation by well respected international artist and curator Karl-Heinz Jeron. His interest in shifting popular social perceptions involves using publicly available data, statistics, mathematics, web based media and cheap materials to create works that challenge the traditional ideas of production, value and ownership of the art world.

Mode2 KP deals with how our society transforms information into knowledge. It is about reflection and perception, about the competition between two languages mediating complexity. One is the language of science. The other one is the language of art which has to understand science but doesn't want to become it. The idea of what good science is or should be, the images of science and scientificity, are difficult to grasp but no less significant for it.

The presentation will be followed by Q&A and discussion session.

Karl-Heinz Jeron lives in Berlin. He studied Philosophy of Science and Logic and is the Lecturer for Multimedia Art at the University of Arts Berlin.

Find out more at



Artists Talk by Sally Kindberg
Sunday 22nd Nov 2009

Sally Kindberg will talk about her work and her art practice. She will focus on the body of work shown in The Great Exhibition, most of the work was made especially for this show, inclusing the video piece Mood Swings - The Journey. Sally Kindberg may lead a special demonstration of the amazing meditative and relaxing qualities of this film. Following the talk there will bean informal discussion where the artist will answer questions from the audience.

After selling out on the opening night we now have more DVD's of Mood Swings- The Journy in stock and there will be signed copys available to buy on the day priced £5.

Tank Gallery
the Ladywell Tavern
80 Ladywell Rd
SE 13 7HS


Sally Kindberg

The Great Exhibition

5th - 28th November 2009

PV 4th November 6:30 - 9:30pm

The Great Exhibition is a title that suggests some overwrought and overarching conceptual theme - perhaps a deconstruction of exhibition strategies or of reflections in the hall of mirrors of commodity fetishism - rendered in the cool tones of that conceptual minimalism that has become the tasteful aesthetic of contemporary art. You might think so but you would be wrong.

Sally Kindberg just doesn't do tasteful minimalism and the title is a red herring. She gave us painterly Y fronts in a gilt frame as her The Masterpiece for the 2008 Jerwood Contemporary Painting Prize, and in the 18 months since then has been producing new paintings that are always cockily fence-sitting between the sublime and the ridiculous.

This exhibition previews a selection of these new works and from the ghoulish bouffant and bow of The Horrible Kid to blanched grin of The Maniac there emerges a fuzzy logic where doubt and uncertainty have upended any rational science of vision. What emerges in its place is a kind of blurred clarity that celebrates the surreal disjunctions of everyday life.

The Great Exhibition also includes a new video work called Mood Swings, the journey which muzaks around with the flickering flame of Luv, and a persistent sculpture called The Thing of which the less said the better.

In a sense the only thing that really links The Great Exhibition to its namesake is that it also came to the Deep South (where it passed into myth leaving just a name and a football club). In this case there is at least something to see at the end of the journey and a pub attached for good measure.

Text by Jeremy James Wood




Chris Getliffe

Early lies

25th June - 18th July 2009

South London based artist Chris Getliffe is most well known for his dark & subversive Illustrations. He adopts a minimalist high impact ‘pop art’ style heavily rooted in urban street art. Getliffe savagely attacks the media portrayal of what it is to be a successful ‘functioning’ human being. He works across multiple mediums with painting, illustration, & comics.


He has painted live on the walls of prestigious London venues such as Cargo & 93 Feet East. His work has been featured by the likes of Time Out, Disorder, Who’s Jack, & Gravity Guide. He has also produced work for Carhartt,We Hart Records, Artful, & Fix amongst many others

You can see his Illustrations & Paintings at, & his comic work at


Tank Gallery,The Ladywell Tavern, 80 Ladywell Rd, SE13 7HS

Wed-Fri 3pm-7pm, Sat-Sun 1pm-7pm, Free admission



Against The Wall (No. I)

5th June-20th June 2009



Live painting – 5th, 6 & 7th June

Private View Thursday 11th June 6-10pm


Against The Wall is a live painting performance, which will feature regularly in the Tank Gallery programme.  Artists will be invited to create work directly onto the walls of the gallery space.


For the first of this series we have invited a local South London graffiti group to transform the gallery during the last weekend of the 'Brockley Max festival.' Feel free to come and watch them in action on the 5th 6th and 7th of June where they will be happy to chat and answer questions.


Tank Gallery, The Ladywell Tavern, 80 Ladywell Rd, SE13 7HS

Wed 5th June -Sun 7th June 

12-6pm Free admission



Aoife van Linden Tol

A Stitch In Time

9th-29th May 2009


Tank Gallery presents the solo exhibition A Stitch In Time by South London based artist Aoife van Linden Tol. Working primarily with explosives, Aoife van Linden Tol detonates small bombs to make imprints on paper, wood and metals. This collection of work uses the force and evidence of the explosions to explore perspectives of time.


Live Performance

The One I Love – Friday 29th May 4pm onwards

Please bring a photo of someone you love. Please bring them as early as possible.  

Aoife will explode tiny hearts or tiny kisses onto the surface of the photograph.


Tank Gallery, The Ladywell Tavern, 80 Ladywell Rd, SE13 7HS

Wed-Sun 12-6pm Free admission                                                      


3rd April- 3rd May 2009

Christine Kriegerowski, Sally Kindberg, Aoife van Linden Tol, Nazneen Ayyub-Wood, Ulrike Mohr, JJ Delvine, Tung Walsh, Sheridan Flynn, Fiona Halpin, Alex Welensky 

Tank gallery opened its doors for the first time with a dynamic cross-disciplined group show Think Tank. The exhibition offers an introduction to ten artists, some of which will hold solo shows here in the coming year. Think Tank aims to highlight the width and breath of styles and practices we aim to show at Tank Gallery. Featuring established international artists, recent graduates and previously un-shown artists alongside each other, we have presented an exciting taster of what is to come.

Think Tank will continue until the 3rd of May. We will also be hosting a late night opening on 30th of April featuring a talk by Berlin artist Christine Kriegerowski about Welcome to Wonderland, her projected collection of photographs on show.

Late Night Opening @ Tank

Wed 30th April 2009


7:30pm Talk by Christine Kriegerowski