Our Story

2003

Our studio was founded as a continuation of James Burke’s university degree. Having graduated from a degree in Contemporary Art in 2003, James wasn’t ready to stop the project he had spent 3 years researching. At the core of his concept was the desire to lessen art’s dependency on the gallery space, and make it open and accessible to the masses. After leaving uni, James immediately founded the studio to carry on this work, and soon teamed up with long time friend Paul Arad. Together they moved into a small studio in Harrow and set to work.

2006

In 2006 the new Wembley Stadium had just been built. Realising that this was a once in a life time opportunity to grab the attention of a major client, the pair set to work putting together what they describe as the ‘mother of all pitches’, despite the lack of a significant portfolio of previous projects to lead with. They spent every waking hour preparing a proposal which outlined the significant role that art and photography could play in bringing the spirit of the old hallowed turf into the new stadium. Their passion and hard work paid off when Wembley said yes! And, just three years after founding, they went on to design and curate collections across the whole stadium amounting to hundreds of pieces of work. A true honour.

2008-14

These two projects represent landmark moments in the studio’s progression. In 2008 we created a 20m feature wall for Heinz in Nijmegan, Netherlands. Not only was it our first major project abroad, but also our first overtly branded large-scale project. The project to the right is Timeless (2014) at Senator House. This was our first hanging light installation, which pushed the technical ambition of the studio forward and taught us some valuable lessons along the way.

2012

In 2012 we decided to move the studio East to the heart of Shoreditch, in the creative quarter of London. This was a giant leap for the studio but necessary for our creative growth. Suddenly we found ourselves in the thick of it, feeding off the energy of the area. We found a perfect little studio space housed on the first floor of an old furniture warehouse, which has provided us with the ideal environment to grow as and when we have needed to. At a time where many of the old art studios are disappearing from the area, we are proud to fly the flag and hope to ensure that Shoreditch still has a strong, relevant and engaging artistic identity.

2016

Having been lucky enough to work in the US on a couple of major projects, we took the opportunity to establish a sister studio on the West Coast to build on the momentum. We loved the idea that our work could reach a larger demographic of people, and the move supported our mission to make art more accessible and bring it into more people’s everyday lives. The US offers incredible creative opportunities and our first major installation ‘Contours’ (2017) is a flavour of what to expect of the coming months.

2003

Our studio was founded as a continuation of James Burke’s university degree. Having graduated from a degree in Contemporary Art in 2003, James wasn’t ready to stop the project he had spent 3 years researching. At the core of his concept was the desire to lessen art’s dependency on the gallery space, and make it open and accessible to the masses. After leaving uni, James immediately founded the studio to carry on this work, and soon teamed up with long time friend Paul Arad. Together they moved into a small studio in Harrow and set to work.

2008-14

These two projects represent landmark moments in the studio’s progression. In 2008 we created a 20m feature wall for Heinz in Nijmegan, Netherlands. Not only was it our first major project abroad, but also our first overtly branded large-scale project. The project to the right is Timeless (2014) at Senator House. This was our first hanging light installation, which pushed the technical ambition of the studio forward and taught us some valuable lessons along the way.

2016

Having been lucky enough to work in the US on a couple of major projects, we took the opportunity to establish a sister studio on the West Coast to build on the momentum. We loved the idea that our work could reach a larger demographic of people, and the move supported our mission to make art more accessible and bring it into more people’s everyday lives. The US offers incredible creative opportunities and our first major installation ‘Contours’ (2017) is a flavour of what to expect of the coming months.