Sunday, Vyner Street, Emma Street, street corners, hinges, found wood…

It was the last day of the final What Price Art show at Cultivate today, and the last but one show I shall put on in Cultivate’s current East London Vyner Street location. It has been a privilege to be part of the rather special street and to be out on that corner painting on things for the last three years.   I shall write about the What Price Art experience in a bit, sorry to those who found it a little stressful…..

Here’s some more work in progress on the Emma Street piece on found hinged wood, coming to a car park in central London soon for the We Could Not Agree show….

emmastreet13 emmastreet7Painted this piece of leaf growth today at Cultivate, it sold almost before it was dry as part of the What Price Art show…. sold before I could take a decent photo of it. Autumn Equinox flavours

sundaytoday1really do love painting on the street outside the front of Cultivate and engaging with all the passing people… I like my studio floor…

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WHAT PRICE ART? Day one, some words and show photos…..

aaa_culte_whatprice2014WHAT PRICE ART? The show opened yesterday, a room full of art down at Cultivate, sunny Vyner Street, the blog from a couple of days ago hopefully explains how it all works.  A room full of art, mostly mine, a few pieces from guests (and people who have abandoned art at Cultivate over the last three years), guests like JULIA MADDISON, QUIET BRITISH ACCENT and a room full of art…I’ll blog about the reactions,m the prices and stress it seems to cause for some people who just can’t name their prices at the end of the show, here’s a bit from the latest Cultivate mail out…

“this is a show where YOU get to name the price you wish to pay for the work and we say yes to whatever you say. No debate, no saying no, the only rule is no more than one piece (well you can make an offer on other pieces, but only the first comes with no debate – no clearing out the gallery for 47p!). We have a gallery packed with art and lots and lots of pieces (both big and small) on sale at whatever YOU want to pay. Some people tell us this is intimidating, that is not the intention, personally I’m more than happy to make my art accessible to all. There are no clever tricks here, come pay whatever you want and do it with a smile, not with any feeling of pressure”…

whatprice17Here’s how it works, down the bottom you’ll find some shots from day one

From Thursday 18th September until Sunday 21st September one half of the ever evolving art space called Cultivate will be devoted to another What Price Art event. For one last time in Vyner Street, Sean Worrall and a number of guests will show a selection of work, all work will be on sale, none of the pieces will be priced. Viewers can name their own price on any of the pieces, there will be no debate, whatever the viewer offers for a piece of work will be the price accepted and the viewer/buyer can take away the piece for the price they wish to pay.

whatprice2There will be no discussion, no debate, I shall be delighted to see you leaving with a piece of art exchanged for whatever you think is fair or or indeed for a price that that you think you can afford. Original art for everyone.

If you think it too intimidating then please please don’t be, this is a relaxed event, we are happy for you to leave with a piece, and do remember, I have left hundreds of pieces of art out for free this year around places like the Hackney WickED art festival, the Folkestone Fringe, around the streets and canal banks of London, the Liverpool Biennial and beyond, I am happy for you to pay a little (or as much) as you like.

whatprice10If you don’t want to name a price in the gallery with one of us standing there then fine, we can understand that, instead put your payment in an envelope before hand (or in one of the envelopes provided and we shall take your envelope and not look in the envelope until you have left with your piece of art.

Come buy a piece of art for as little as £1 (or less) or as much as £1000 (or more), or just come have a look anyway, we run an art gallery, not a shop!.

The only rule is no more than one piece per person. If you wish to buy a second piece then we will reserve the right to say no.

A percentage of the money made will go towards the evolution of Cultivate, a percentage to St Joseph’s Hospice, you find St Joseph’s around the corner from us in Vyner Street and we believe those who run art spaces, galleries should join in with the community, not take over the community, and yes a percentage will go to the artists (I need to buy fresh paint and maybe some food, paint doesn’t taste nice).

What price art?

WHAT PRICE ART? This weekend the price of a pint or a horse or a house or a cake…

whatpriceSEAN WORRALL & Guests – WHAT PRICE ART?  An art event at Cultivate, Vyner Street, London, E2.

What price art? An event where you name the price and there is no debate….. An original piece of art for the price of a pint or a cake or a house or a horse or…. What price art?

From Thursday 18th September until Sunday 21st September one half of the ever evolving art space called Cultivate will be devoted to another What Price Art event. The event starts at 11.30am and the gallery is open 11.30am until 6pm from Thursday until Sunday.

For one last time in Vyner Street, Sean Worrall and a number of guests will show a selection of work, all work will be on sale, none of the pieces will be priced. Viewers can name their own price on any of the pieces, there will be no debate, whatever the viewer offers for a piece of work will be the price accepted and the viewer/buyer can take away the piece for the price they wish to pay.

galleryemma2There will be no discussion, no debate, I shall be delighted to see you leaving with a piece of art exchanged for whatever you think is fair or or indeed for a price that that you think you can afford. Original art for everyone who would like a piece.

If you think it too intimidating then please please don’t be, this is a relaxed event, we are happy for you to leave with a piece, and do remember, I have left hundreds of pieces of art out for free this year around places like the Hackney WickED art festival, the Folkestone Fringe, around the streets and canal banks of London, the Liverpool Biennial and beyond, I am happy for you to pay a little (or as much) as you like.

If you don’t want to name a price in the gallery with one of us standing there then fine, we can understand that, instead put your payment in an envelope before hand (or in one of the envelopes provided and we shall take your envelope and not look in the envelope until you have left with your piece of art.

zz_today19Come buy a piece of art for as little as £1 (or less) or as much as £1000 (or more), or just come have a look anyway, we run an art gallery, not a shop!.

The only rule is no more than one piece per person. If you wish to buy a second piece then we will reserve the right to say no.

A percentage of the money made will go towards the evolution of Cultivate, a percentage to St Joseph’s Hospice, you find St Joseph’s around the corner from us in Vyner Street and we believe those who run art spaces, galleries should join in with the community, not take over the community, and yes a percentage will go to the artists (I need to buy fresh paint and maybe some food, paint doesn’t taste nice).

What price art?

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More growth, found it on Emma Street, taking it to a car park in London, W1, we could not agree….

blankk2Monday morning, this time four years ago we were sitting in the late Summer sun enjoying the last glorious throes of summer and my solo show at the Dissenters Chapel and all the leaf colour of Kensal Green cemetery. Today, I’m in my bunker over in Hackney, slightly under siege and reacting to this environment, to things found to paint on, to the mess everyone makes, to the beauty that can occasionally still be found in the unloved abandoned state of it all – abandoned people, abandoned things, the arrogance of the new, blinkered destruction of so much.        .

Feels like it might be time to evolve again, London is cloying, Folkestone was exciting, people really making things happen together, Vyner Street is frustrating, communities fractured, destroyed, everyone for themselves as the property developers take over, a once beautifully unique and special street and a creative community, a shared energy, almost destroyed now – “It’s London Design Festival week! We’re showing Ermacora & Carmody Groake’s exciting plans for LimeWharf version 2.0” said the developer wolf in his sheep’s clothing.

41264_484576749837_6224476_nWorking on this found “blank canvas” today with a view to the We Could Not Agree show…. beautiful rusty hinges.Found it in a back alley just off Emma Street, deepest East London, gloriously weathered textured wood. The We Could Not Agree show is another adventure in another car park, this time on level three in a multistory in Cavendish Square, London, W1 (opening night private view thing on Monday October 13th and running until Sunday October 19th). More about the show soon – a show where a number of rather active London curators invite a selection of artists I assume they could not agree on (or maybe they could?). 

There is still beauty to be found in the greed and grab of East London, there are still real people, real things, real life, beauty in things thrown out and left for things to grow on, things left to be taken back. I’m not from London, I have been here for a rather long time now though (too long?), surely it should be about coming along and joining in, not taking over and destroying what was here?  Taking part rather taking over? Time to paint, someone else can fight for the community and the street for a bit, I;m under siege and painting the hope of growth on this beautiful found thing left in a scuzzy back alley just off Emma Street.

“EMMA STREET, E2″ WORK IN PROGRESS (left in the studio while things to grow on it)

We Are Three, What Price Art?

aaa_cultevolved_isthreeFolkestone was freshening, The Fringe people revitalizing, East London is cloying, First Thursday came and went, the 37th in a row, three non-stop years, surely that’s enough? We Are Three, a celebration of time sucked up and art made, and maybe Cultivate has been a piece of art in itself? A draining piece of art, a battle, an always open door, a fight for survival… We Are Three was an invigorating celebration, defiant. Time to evolve, I’ll be back in five minutes.

We Are Three was a week ago. Last night, second Thursday of the month, was mostly about painting black and white leaf growth on more found packing cases (cases that had been used to ship art from Korea to Hada Contemporary, the gallery over the road from Cultivate).  Painting outside Cultivate in the street, black and white growth while some dreadfully hideous wine and street art event was going on further down the road, street art? Wine? Something going wrong somewhere

today1WHAT PRICE ART? Last night was a black and white kind of night, today the pieces stood out on he street, assisted by the sandwich thief from Wayward Gallery. These two big black and white pieces on recycled packing case panels will be on sale at Cultivate, Vyner Street this weekend, 13th/14th September, at a pay whatever you want price. The rule, as before, is, you can name any price you want and I can’t refuse or argue or respond in any way other than to say fine and hand you the piece… the only rule is only one piece per person. What Price Art…. (the dog of course is priceless)..

Hollyhock (2011)

Hollyhock (2011, sold)

The art chute called Cultivate has sucked up a lot of everything and, no, we probably wouldn’t have missed it for the world, it has mostly been thankless, taken rather for granted, and it is;nt quite over yet, not long to go now though, surely?  And the last big piece of work to sell down there was the Hollyhocks, a piece painted before the challenge of our corner was taken on and there was more time for these more painterly things, when it wasn’t all about reacting to the Hackney environment and the clutter on the streets.  The Hollyhock is one of the few paintings I almost feel pleased with… .  almost…. not quite. What price art (or a move to the seaside)

The last two weeks in photos….. click on a piece to enlarge or run the slide show

 

 

Folkestone, the Art Car Boot Fair, the Triennial, the Fringe, Yoko, the goldrush and pieces left around….

folkestone_tri9Sunday Sunday, it has been an interesting week, not much time for sleeping… Yesterday was all about a day trip on the train with bags full of art and a visit to the Folkestone seaside where the Folkestone Triennial as well as the Folkestone Fringe are currently taking place. The Fringe yesterday included the third and final Art Car Boot Fair of the year (Brick Lane, East London and Liverpool being the first two parts of this year’s Art Car Boot Fair adventure). A mad early morning rush out of London, bags and rucksacks heavy with art, seaside treats in store, catch the train, get out of the city… Been looking forward to this one, the on-line tasters, the programme promises and advance videos from both the Triennial and the Fringe have had us anticipating and the Art Car Boot Fair is always a pleasure to be part of.

evh_folk8There’s an ITV news video here that gives you a flavour of the event that is the Art Car Boot Fair. People lined up along the harbour waiting to get in at midday, excitement in the air, artists frantically getting their boots ready (the event is sponsored by Vauxhall, they gave us the same blue car they gave us in Liverpool to use as a “boot”), personally I was lusting after one of the old ones, but hey, they gave us a fancy modern blue one (for the day)

Tracey Emin was the main headline of couse, well alongside Sir Peter Blake and Gavin Turk and such – “Her work is usually sold in galleries fetching thousands, if not millions, of pounds. But today Margate’s Tracey Emim was among many high-profile artists selling their work at a car boot sale as part of the Triennial in Folkestone. Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to artists Jim Moir, Gavin Turk, Julia Riddiough and organiser of the Art Car Boot Fair, Karen Ashton”. .Tracey was there by the way, just not while the reporter and cameras were.

We were there as Cultivate, we this time being myself, Emma Harvey and Quiet British Accent as well as Folkestone painter Tim Skinner (well it would have been rude to take Cultivate to Folkestone without inviting a local painter to come get involved and Tim is one of our favourite painters)

folkestone_tri17A day of seaside treats then, not sure where the Triennial ends and the Fringe starts (and not sure if it matters), but we can report that Folkestone is a town alive with art and a town that looks, on first impression, to be a town regenerating itself in the right way There a buzz provided by the art, a buzz that’s there from the moment you get off the train and encounter the big Yoko One Earth Peace billboard. The goldrush is helping of course, people engaging and mostly having lots of fun digging on the beach (seems to be a lot of ska around the place as well), we liked Folkestone and out day of seaside treats.

folkestone_tri62This not a review, this is not a piece of critical artistic analysis of the opening weekend of events (that might just come along later), these are just some photos of my day, our day, by the seaside taking part in the Art Car Boot Fair and the Fringe, leaving art around the town (pleased to see people twittering about finding it) and enjoying being artists.

Some photos of the day then, photos from the Cultivate “boot” at the Folkestone Art Car Boot Fair, a flavour of the Fringe and the Triennial as well as more of my art drops around town – pieces painted on recycled cardboard found on the street and put back out on the street. Enjoy the photos, click on one to enlarge it or run the whole slideshow

Thanks for a great day Folkestone, we shall be back soon if you’ll have us, it was indeed a much needed seaside treat (Sean)

 

Photo credits – EH, QBA, SW

There’s more photos from the weekend, the art of other people at the Art Car Boot Fair and such over on the Organ pages.

 

No sleep ’till Folkestone… Art Car Boot Fair part three…

Painting on found things

Painting on found things

Part three of the 2014 ART CAR BOOT FAIR and what feels like the last bit of summer adventure takes us to FOLKSTONE as part of the FOLKSTONE TRIENNIAL or is it the FOLKESTONE FRINGE at the Triennial?  Fringe or centre parting, whatever it is we’re at the seaside on the opening day of Folkestone’s Triennial on Saturday August 30th (Midday until late afternoon, they say 4pm, but if there’s things to paint we’ll stick around).  The artist list for the Folkestone leg of this year’s excellent Art Car Boot Fair adventure has just been published on the official ACB website.

Liverpool was refreshing, getting out of East London now and again is good, painting in things no one wants and leaving them there is good for the soul or good for something like that.  Five days until Folkstone and the end of summer…..

The One Pieced Vinyl Piece (2014)

The One Pieced Vinyl Piece (2014)

Here’s the artist list in the order the Art Car Boot Fair put them in;  “Tracey Emin · Gavin Turk · Sir Peter Blake · Matt Collishaw · Vic Reeves & Michael Hogben · Chris Barnes · James Unsworth · Nina Saunders · Nina Fowler · Carolyn Gowdy · Jennifer and Christine Binnie · Wilma ‘Surfmama’ Johnson · David J Batchelor · Jake Clark · Scrawl Collective · Swifty · Cultivate Gallery: Sean Worrall, Emma Harvey, Quiet British Accent · The Juncture · Camille Phoenix · Ian Dawson and the copy shop · Herrick Gallery featuring Disastronaut · Matt Rowe & Club Shepway · Diane Dever ·Deborah Crofts ·Sadie Hennessy ·Julia Riddiough ·Heidi Plant ·Nick Morley ·Kyp & Simon Hollington ·Sally Penfold as ‘Bayle Window’ ·Kate Knight · Hannah Muck and more to be announced!”

Things painted on and left at the Liverpool Art Car Boot Fair

Things painted on and left at the Liverpool Art Car Boot Fair

I expect to mostly be painting on things I find down there, putting each piece on sale at anything from £1 upwards, I expect anything that doesn’t sell will be put back on the beach or left in the car park or given away at the end of the event.  I expect I shall also have some already painted small canvas pieces, painted pieces of vinyl and such, I expect I shall spend the rest of the week productively creating things but then there is Cultivate to attend to and artists to gather together and events to cook up and it may just be time to declutter and free myself from time-eater that is Cultivate….

If you’re coming to Folkestone, you could always bring something for me to paint a leafheart on for you…..

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LEAF GROWTH AND SUCH AT PART TWO OF THE LIVERPOOL ART CAR BOOT FAIR JULY 2014….