THE ART CABIN (originally The Old Sweet Shop) is a contemporary art gallery located in the residential area of Southfields in London and was founded in 2006 and re-branded in 2012. Focusing on promoting a cutting edge programme of emerging and mid-career artists, the gallery presents work across a multitude of media, with a focus on illustration and fine art. It seeks to provide an intimate space in which to both challenge and engage with viewers, as well as provide a platform for artists to present works that are at times quirky and uncanny, sometimes humorous, but above all, unique in their ability to present a fresh approach to the visual arts.
Joe Madeira, the gallery's founder and director, was born in The Algarve in Portugal and studied at Faculdade de Belas-Artes de Lisboa before coming to the UK in 1991, where he completed his Master of Arts in graphic design at Central Saint Martins and his Master of Philosophy at The Royal College of Art with a research paper in Postmodernism and Self-identity in Photography. In addition to running the gallery, Madeira has designed a number of large-scale exhibitions for galleries and museums, more recently Hidden Histories of Exploration for The Royal Geographical Society and Foundling Voices for The Foundling Museum.