“Looking at home in my garden” said Polly, and that’s just the right place, in there with thew other leaves. Love it when these photos turn up on line, just saw this one on Twitter….
Leaf, Hackney, August 8th 2016,,,
Last night’s late night #artDrop piece, painted on a recycled piece of wood and left hanging on the wall of a bookshop on Broadway, Hackney, East London, underneath an invader, there for someone to take should they wish to (August 7th 2016)
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This “Sometimes They Have Thorns” piece of canvas (the one on the left) has gone off to hang on a wall as part of said Pride show, you can find more details of the Happy Valley pride festival in Hebdon Bridge via this link, there’s a Facebook event page for more details of the actually exhibition
The piece of the left (on sale at £43 with all proceeds going to the fundraising there). is acrylic on Canvas, (60cm x 20cm). Another “43” painting. The piece on the right was painted at the same time, the piece on the right has already been sold. The two paintings were painted at the same time as a result of the invitation to take part in the Hebdon Bridge show. I had no intention of painting any more pride flavoured thorny leafhearts, this was a one time piece in support of what looks like an excellent festival, really delighted to be invited to take part. However, there has been a number of requests for prints or for another piece to be painted, I have now been persuaded to paint another piece in return for a percentage of the money made from the sale being donated to the fundraising , so now is the time to ask if you’d like one… Hope everyone has a fine time at the opening tonight and at the festival. It is a pleasure to take part in a small way in a positive event like this, rather proud to be part of pride. . .
And so the pieces left hanging on walls around Hackney Wick during last weekend’s Hackney Wicked festival, 43 pieces left there for people to find, the 43 pieces of the #43ArtDrop piece, each one with the message on the back encouraging the finders to post a selfie with their piece on the various social media platforms using the hashtag… The selfies are all part of this piece of work
The 43 parts that made up the #43ArtDrop piece were (carefully) hung out on the streets around Hackney Wick, Fish Island and the canal yesterday. Carefully hung, never dropped, that would be careless. A piece of art in 43 parts, all 43 painted on two recycled unwanted wooden pallets picked up off the East London street, painted, and then cut in to 43 parts and painted on some more.
The 43 pieces we’re all painted, a thorny piece of fresh growth on each one, a message on a sticker on the back, a hash tag and request for finders to post photos, a selfie with their find or a just a photo of the piece on their wall, post up those photos and use the hashtag, no so on the end, it is one piece called #43ArtDrop, post the images on social media for us to find.
So all 43 parts of the piece were hung out around Hackney Wick over the Saturday of the Hackney Wicked weekend, 43 parts of the piece all hung there for people to take should they wish to. Hopefully people would be respectful enough to only take one it, had thought about saying so on the back, but no, surely no need? (A little disappointing to see someone post a photo on instargram of ten of them all on her desk with a declaration that she was trying to find them all, I must confess that photo had be thinking about the notion of art and just giving it away for free and….)
43 pieces hung out and around the streets and especially on the landmark that is the old Lord Napier pub (love what Aida Wilde and her friends did with the place earlier in the week…). 43 pieces left out, #43ArtDrop hashtag on the back, let’s see where they go and if we ever hear about any of them again. Let’s hope for photos and tales of where they have gone and who found them, where they are hanging and who said what, this is partly about engagement and interaction and art being for all, about getting involved and not just having it locked behind closed gallery doors or in collections.
Rather like leaving pieces of art for people to take, especially when it has been painted on something left on the street or in a skip, something that was heading for landfill. And especially when the pieces are left to be found somewhere as vitally important to a community as Hackney Wick is – a place loved and tended to by artists when virtually no one else seemed to care that much. Treasure these places while you can, treasure your art spaces and the energy artists bring to dying places, treasure the creativity and don’t just push it and us all out #savehackneywick
A big thanks to everyone who got involved in the #43ArtDrop and everyone who made Hackney Wicked happen again this year. The photos of people with their parts of the piece are starting to appear on line, we shall gather them up and collect them together…
Here’s an album documenting all 43 pieces as they were hung, some of them weren’t there for long, others hung around for a bit, some of them may still be there?
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Last weekend it was the beach in Hastings, this weekend is back to Hackney Wick and the delight at that is Hackney WickED and a new #43ArtDrop piece.
The always rewarding Hackney WickED DIY open studios weekend is upon us once more, studios open and art alive all over the Wick, around Fish Island and happening all over the weekend. All kinds of things going on in the surviving studios and art spaces, performance, painting and lots lots more, celebrate Hackney Wick while you still can
“And once again there will be an art drop from Sean Worrall, last year it was part of the #365ArtDrops piece, the year before it was 100 pieces painted on material found and recycled. This year it will be another in the series of #43 events that have seen things like a 43 minute art shows happen with 43 minutes of warning under railway bridges, drops of 43 pieces of art on the 43rd day (left hanging for people to take), a series of larger (thorny) paintings on sale as a show for just £43, and a series of 43 small canvas paintings at the Art Car Boot Fair..
43 pieces of art, 43 paintings on recycled wood, 43 pieces left hanging around the Wick over the weekend, there for people to take should they wish to. #43ArtDrop”
Details of the Hackney Wick and Fish Island Hackney WickED open studio weekend
“Hackney Wick artists are coming together to organise a DIY Open Studios event at the end of July, Fri 29-Sun 31 July 2016 at locations in and around Hackney Wick & Fish Island; to celebrate the artist and creative community that currently resides in the area Your annual chance to explore the labyrinth of artist studios and creative spaces with over 100 participants. Studios confirmed to take part include: Mother Studios, Space (Britannia Works, Bridget Riley, White Building, Eastway Studio), See Studio, Stour Space, Arebyte, Lionworks, Wallis Rd/ Cell/ Liquid Studios, 92 White Post Lane, Vittoria Wharf, Peanut Factory, Fish Island Labs/Swan Wharf, Grow Hackney”.
Timings HW Friday Late: 6-9pm DIY Open Studios, 6-11pm HW Late at Mick’s Garage Saturday/Sunday: 12-6pm DIY Open Studios