The Lion & Lamb gallery promotes contemporary painting and is situated ‘within’ a friendly typical East London pub owned by Tanya Ryan and Niall Gallagher, a few minutes walk from Hoxton Square. The context of a white exhibition space within a pub is a brave, radical and unique approach to the presentation and engagement of contemporary painting, whereby the world of the gallery is in constant flux with the world of a pub at any given moment.
The programme presents approximately ten to eleven exhibitions a year, each curated by a painter. Exhibitions range from solo shows to large group shows and the curators are selected by Peter Ashton Jones, a painter and the co-founding editor of the painting magazine Turps Banana and Katrina Blannin. In addition to the main programme that aims to encourage and develop current rhetoric about contemporary painting, there is an annual Christmas informal exhibition of non-framed works on paper called First Come Serviced.