Photo by Jemima Yong
about us

Chatum Tanning are Rohanne Udall and Paul Hughes, a self-producing artist duo based in London and Nottingham, UK. Trained in fine art, philosophy, and dance, they have been undertaking artistic, performance and curatorial projects since 2013. You can get in touch by email at or 

our work

Through a signature irreverence and resourceful wit, our work manipulates the seemingly-banal to produce a sense of possibility and transformation. Provisional formalism rubs against dead-pan humour to create space for troublesome thought. Our process is sensitive to texture, context, history, composition and expectation; we keep things fresh by working with things we don’t already know about. Our commitment to the unjustifiable has continually led us to new and unexpected ways to think about the position, possibilities, and power relations of art.

where we've been

Over the past 6 years, our work has been produced within and presented across stages, galleries, studios, universities and digital spaces, including: Hospitalfield Arts, PACT Zollverein, Siobhan Davies Dance, Live Art Development Agency, David Roberts Art Foundation, UKYA, The Harris Museum, and Dance4’s Nottdance. Our movement across different contexts fosters – and is nourished by – our artistic communities, and their diverse understandings of process and politics.

current interests

We are currently preoccupied with: acting, boardgames, drawing, erotics, hosting, institutions, peers, playscripts, undercutting and critique.

a manifesto

- A mixed platter
- Do the obvious thing
- Get distracted
- Talk to everyone
- What are we already doing?
- What are we not doing?
- Just try it
- The jug is already doing its thing
- They already did something like that
- What if that’s enough?

in short

You can download a copy of our current portfolio here. To get a quick feel for our work, we recommend watching It’s Out of our Hands, a short video work we made in 2017.