Opened in 2004 by collectors Virginia Damtsa and Tot Taylor, Riflemaker is housed in London's oldest public building, a Georgian riflemaker's workshop dating from 1712. Our aim is to exhibit the most ambitious and extraordinary work by the very best young and emerging artists of this era in this unique architectural space. Riflemaker has presented debuts by Jamie Shovlin, Francesca Lowe, Jaime Gili and Chosil Kil as well as themed exhibitions on William S. Burroughs, the Indica gallery - 'Riflemaker becomes Indica' - the Liliane Lijn/NASA collaboration 'Stardust', John Maeda's virtual exploration, 'Maeda/Myspace', Alasdair Gray and Francesca Lowe's 'Terminus' and an investigation of 'Voodoo: Hoochie-Coochie and the Creative Spirit'.
Jaime Gili created a six mile long installation 'Ruta Rota' (broken route) for London Architecture Week. Julie Verhoeven created a 'virtual garden' at the Economist Plaza. Marta Marcé asked visitors to 'design' her paintings at Camden Arts Centre. Yoko Ono gave a rare Bagism performance as part of our Indica celebrations. Talks, film programmes and Monday night events accompany all of our shows.
Riflemaker works not just from its unique base in Soho but also originates off-site projects involving the gallery's artists. Previous and current collaborators include the Contemporary Art Society, Selfridges department store, The Economist, Sotheby's, the National Gallery, the Royal Academy, 'A' Foundation, Bonhams, the Soane Museum, British Museum, Volta, Photo-London, German Embassy, Modus Operandi, Transport for London, Platform for Art, the Miami Art Fair and the Zoo Art Fair.