Tintype has a curious osmotic relationship with London’s small trades and businesses; from its birth in a converted furriers in Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, to the old jewellery quarter of Hatton Garden, and finally to the gallery’s permanent home, an old haberdashery shop on Essex Road in Islington. The shop was called Sew Fantastic, next door to Get Stuffed, a famous taxidermist, opposite Steve Hatt, probably the most popular fishmongers in London.

Tintype supports distinctive international artists. Our gallery program is informed and led by artists’ practices. Tintype also helps emerging artists develop their work critically and commercially.

Initiatives that began as an experiment have become part of Tintype’s ongoing program: once a year we offer the gallery as a project space leading to a subsequent show. Tintype has developed the ACE supported Essex Road project, now in its third year. This is an annual commission for eight moving-image artists to make short films about the mile-long street on which the gallery is based. The films are back-projected into the gallery window so it becomes a public screen. The curation of Essex Road juxtaposes young artists and those with international renown.

The gallery was started by Teresa Grimes and Pat Treasure in 2010.
Teresa Grimes became sole-director in 2014.

—direct positive

Tintype is a photograph made by creating a direct positive on a sheet of metal that is blackened by painting, lacquering or enamelling.