Parafin was opened by Ben Tufnell and Matt Watkins in 2014. The gallery represents a broad selection of artists from emerging talents such as Fred Sorrell to major figures such as Nathan Coley, Tim Head, Hamish Fulton and Nancy Holt. Since its establishment, two key strands have emerged from Parafin’s polyvalent array of artistic strategies; contemporary painting and artists involved in the inception and subsequently the legacies of Land and Conceptual art. Parafin’s primary focus is on an innovative exhibition programme, comprising 6-7 exhibitions a year. The programme is punctuated by ambitious research-led group exhibitions, which have explored the relationship between painting and photography (2015), urban space (2016), questions of belief (2017) and the contemporary sublime (2018). Substantial catalogues often accompany projects.