Tintype opened in 2010 and currently represents fourteen artists from the UK, Germany, Romania, Hong Kong and Canada. The gallery program is informed and led by artists’ practices. The orientation of the gallery is framed around an investigation of making, materials, and process.

Tintype presents seven or eight exhibitions a year, alongside related artist-led events, talks and performances. Initiatives that began as an experiment have become part of Tintype’s ongoing program. Once a year an artist is offered the gallery as a project space leading to a subsequent show. Tintype has developed the Essex Road project, an annual commission for eight moving-image artists to make short films that are a response to 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. In August, when the gallery is closed, an artist is invited to use the gallery’s large glass window to install a work.

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.

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.

Please note that we are unable to consider or respond to unsolicited exhibition proposals