The Art Organisation in Leytonstone

TAO hold the lease of a single unit in Leytonstone, adjacent to a community squat; 491 gallery. Initiated by Gregory Gurner, the building is home to workshop and studio space for resident artists, and has been so established for nine years.

The building has undergone substantial renovation over the years to make it a working space and environment.



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TAO Leytonstone

Following on from The Art Organisation's attempt to secure the use of 491 Grove Green Road from Transport for London, The Art Organisation approached the landlord of its neighbouring property, 483.
This building was not only in similar state but required serious restoration, refurbishment and decoration. Through the registered status of The Art Organisation Limited, we agreed a tenancy of will, with a peppercorn rent, with the landlord and have since established the premises as studio space for several of our members. All the bedrooms, the kitchen and the bathroom have been cleaned, repaired and, in some cases, redesigned. The garden has been cleared of the excess of rubbish following the construction of the M11 link road. The ground floor which has served as a workshop and storage to resident members is still in need of more serious refurbishment though it is a vast improvement on its original state when we took possession.
Our relationship with the landlord continues and recently we have began to discuss The Art Organisation obtaining a tenancy of 485 Grove Green Road, a property that needs serious construction to make it habitable.

The activities of the local community still continue in 491 Gallery.



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Other current TAO Projects:

TAO Nottingham

The Nottingham project situated on Station Street, Ng2 was
founded by Robert Smith and Kelly Smith in 2006. The first
building to open, in 2007, was the gallery and teabar, hosting
exhibitions, workshops, classes, events, studios, darkroom,
screen-print and textile facilities. In 2009 we opened the
second building to include further studio and workshop space.
In 2010 we finished constructual work to 17-19 and are now working to its internal design. Work also begun on 11-13.
more info

TAO Liverpool

Originally established in 2004 by Gregory Gurner and Robert
Smith. TAO have had possession of various properties in the
Ropewalk district of the city. Now occupying eleven premises,
the project managed by Greg Gurner and Steve Gent, offers
venues,several galleries, studios, a coffee bar, artist's facilities,
workshop spaces and recently, a shop. The project is now independent from TAO for the properties it manages
whilst TAO focuses on further buildings in Liverpool to support
the artist community and create more opportunities.
more info

TAO Leicester

Leicester is our latest project, starting in April 2009, by Robert
Smith and project manager Adam Kirk. We occupy one
building in Humberstone Gate of the city, and are working to
create exhibition galleries, a coffee bar, workshop space and
meeting rooms, studios and a woodworkshop and darkroom
facilities, and establish it as an independent company.
more info

TAO in your town

Have you ever aspired to help out in the creative arts? and are
interested to create a space for the arts in your community and
benefit art and arts education? Do you have good management
skills? and are concerned for the state of regeneration in your
town and city? are you ambitious, energetic and prepared to work
hard for little financial reward and satisfaction of achievement?
TAO for the Future.