about WW

In April 2014, WW shifted its focus to consultancy and specialist annual projects such as the SOLO Award. WW is taking a break from its established monthly programme of exhibitions. Please join the mailing list to be kept informed of special events and opportunities.


WW Contemporary Art, also known as WW Gallery and Wilson Williams, was established in 2008, by Chiara Williams and Debra Wilson.

Quickly building a reputation as one of London’s leading contemporary artist-run spaces, WW curated consistently forward-thinking and innovative projects, totalling over 65 exhibtions and projects across 6 years, including collateral UK exhibitions at the 53rd & 54th Venice Biennales.

From 2012 - 2014, WW's programme was based
at 34/35 Hatton Garden, Clerkenwell, London, on the premises of a former jeweller's workshop and showroom. The 1200 square feet of sky-lit space housed the exhibition space, a shop, a lounge bar and studio.

From 2008 - 2012, WW was housed across two floors of Chiara Williams's Victorian terrace house in Hackney Downs, East London.

This website holds a full archive of all WW's exhibitions with images and texts, reviews and press and a list of all exhibited artists. For any further information, please contact WW.


‘Illingworth has taken a spanking new space and pathological terror and turned them into something witty, engaging and colourful, making this an auspicious start for WW Gallery mark two.'
Kate Weir, Spoonfed, April 2012

"if this exhibition is a taste of things to come, the WW glass is certainly at least half full, for this is a very successful and promising launch to their new gallery space."
(Anna McNay, Roves & Roams, April 2012)

"a new absolutely stunning gallery space in jewel belt Hatton Garden"
(Sandra Louison, Art-e-facts Blog, April 2012)

"On the horizon, one of Hackney's most innovative contemporary art galleries are also on the move to Clerkenwell, as WW Gallery bring their signature mix of glamour and edge to a 1,200 square foot ground floor space on Hatton Garden."
(Tom Jeffreys, Spoonfed, February 2012)

"What also connects their artists is a sense of nostalgia and a notion of beauty - 'guilty pleasures'" (Michaela Freeman, State Magazine, November 2011)

"...by far the most enjoyable part of the 54th Venice Biennale involved having a cup of tea with the directors of WW Gallery...Chiara Williams and Debra Wilson are showing a careful selection of small-scale works on paper, while upstairs they serve tea and quite delightful home-made cupcakes to a small group of guests." (Tom Jeffreys on FAD, June 2011)

"An inventive show from two new and inspiring London curators, Debra Wilson and Chiara Williams." (Marta Crunelli on Renaissance Online & Flint PR)

"a slice of heaven - a moment of indulgent rest amongst the frenetic pace of the Biennale opening week..." (Alicia Miller on Axis)

"WW Gallery’s ‘art supermarket’ made a good impression at the London Art Fair..."
(Paul Carey-Kent Feb 2011)

"WW Gallery is carving out a reputation as one of Hackney's most forward-thinking and consistently innovative contemporary art spaces." (Spoonfed, 2010)

"...since its opening in September 2008 it has been running a series of fearless and ambitious shows, featuring an eclectic array of work that runs from the beautiful and ornate to the grotesque and unsettling. Breaking away from the tendency of their East End counterparts to show work with a dry and introspective concern with theory, concept and the politics of the art industry, WW looks outward by staging shows centered around wider social and cultural themes. The result is often dark, frequently humorous and at once democratic and challenging. WW’s curators make full and imaginative use of the unique architecture of the space, which is flooded with natural daylight from both the front and back. More than just a sterile display case, the gallery is a hub of creative energy, where both works and visitors spill out on to the street and into the back garden at openings, and which has so far borne witness to everything from music and performance to pagan feasting."
(Sophie Dodds, 2009, writer and curator at Paintings In Hospitals)



Debra Wilson & Chiara Williams, Venice 2011. Photo Susie Hamilton

© WW Contemporary Art 2014 / HQ: 34/35 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8DX, WW Contemporary Art Ltd., reg.no. 7628990, reg. address: 30 Queensdown Road, London E5 8NN / site design © Chiara Williams