Freelands Foundation, London

Freelands Foundation is a dynamic arts organisation based in North London that operates its own gallery space, runs an educational programme and supports and funds artists, organisations and creative projects throughout the UK. The Foundation works closely with partners, including Tate Modern and the Institute of Education at University College London, and seeks to empower individuals and organisations across all levels of the art scene.


Undertow 17 June – 4 July 2021

The second of two exhibitions of works by the first cohort of artists in the Freelands Artist Programme, Undertow explores ideas of citizenship, as well as the capacity for historical events to give shape to and exclude the lives of people. The exhibiting artists use research-based approaches to make works that question established historical narratives, and shine a light on those who may have been previously overlooked or disregarded.

Artists: Alison J Carr, Janie Doherty, Aideen Doran, Yuen Fong Ling, Emily McFarland, Zoyander Street, Fern Thomas, and Ian Watson.

Quicksilver 12 March – 31 May 2021

The first of two exhibitions of works by the first cohort of artists in the Freelands Artist Programme.

Quicksilver is part of a season celebrating the work of the first cohort of artists on the Freelands Artist Programme. Launched in 2018, the Freelands Artist Programme is a five-year partnership with four UK-wide organisations who work with annual cohorts of locally based artists to champion emerging talent and support collaborations between artists and arts organisations across the country. 

Artists: Kelly Best, Michael Hanna, Julie Lovett, Stephanie Mann, Jan McCullough, Rosie O’Grady, Jennifer Taylor, Lucy Vann and Siân Williams

Freelands Painting Prize: 1 October – 20 December 2020 

The inaugural Freelands Painting Prize exhibition features works by students graduating in 2020 from Fine Art courses at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee; University of Brighton; Lancaster University; Plymouth College of Art; Manchester Metropolitan University; University for the Creative Arts Canterbury; Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh; and City & Guilds of London Art School. The eight paintings, one from each artist, were selected from an open call that invited every higher education art departments in the UK to propose a student working with painting for consideration. The featured artists are: Lewis Deeney, Charlotte Guérard, Michael Hanrahan, Georgina Harris, Fischer Mustin, Stuart Rayner, Jack Whitelock, and Anna Woodward.

There, where we promenade  |  January – March 2020

A group exhibition that brings together work by four artists – Etel Adnan, Susan Aldworth, Rachel Kneebone and Leonor Serrano Rivas – exploring unconscious dream states and considering how the body operates within the boundaries between the conscious and subconscious. Curated by Catriona Whiteford.


The Freelands Foundation’s mission is to support artists and cultural institutions, to broaden audiences for the visual arts and to enable all young people to engage actively with the creation and enjoyment of art. Our goal is to tackle the critical issues that are limiting our society’s access to the benefits of art and culture; from the inequality of access to art education in schools, to the lack of sufficient support for female and emerging artists. 

We aim to provoke meaningful, positive change within the visual arts sector via strategic, high-impact programmes, partnerships and activities. These include a varied portfolio of awards that enable existing visual arts organisations to promote new or under-represented talent and develop pioneering creative projects with artists. Our gallery holds regular exhibitions curated by the Foundation; we also undertake research, develop partnership projects with organisations such as Tate Modern and the Institute of Education at University College London, and hold regular events and talks at our gallery space. 

In all of our activities we strive to empower not just individual organisations and artists but the broader arts ecosystem – from those supporting children in education to those working to promote artists and their practice – enabling this ecosystem to continue to deliver a positive societal and economic impact to the UK.

Freelands Foundation | 113 Regent’s Park Rd, Primrose Hill, London NW1 8UR |