Interact opens tomorrow, growth in a gold frame…


CULTIVATE presents INTERACT  Another gathering of pro-active artists coming together and doing it A group show of invited artists curated by the Cultivate team of Sean Worrall and Emma Harvey. Another short sharp art show in a rather big and rather exciting East London space we’ve not used before (just off the Hackney Road, by the Sebright Arms, at Coate Studios, 37 Coate Street, Hackney, London, E2 9AG.

This Thursday evening then, we’re excited, very excited, we think it just might be the best Cultivate show yet. Interact opens this Thursday evening in a great big white-walled space here in East London. The show will take place in an exciting art space just off the Hackney Road on the borders of Hackney, Dalston and Bethnal Green, London E2.   

We’re excited, art should excite! Art does excite, putting on art shows excites us, artists coming together to make things happen in our way excites us, do come and interact, come explore, come be part of it come and see the art and meet the artists. We don’t do private views, everyone is welcome to come along to the opening night, and please do bring your own refreshment, we spent all our budget on venue hire (there is an excellent pub next door, I;ll see you at the bar once the show closes)
Interact will feature 28 exciting artists, we anticipate a group show alive with art, alive with people, with painting, with sculpture, installation, with performance, print, textiles, street art and more. This about proactive working artists, working artists out there in the real world making their art. 

Interact happens at Coate Studios, 37 Coate Street, Hackney, London, E2 9AG (right next door to the Sebright Arms), Just down the alley off the Hackney Road.  The show opens on Thursday evening June 15th (6pm until 9pm), and then runs from Friday 16th until Sunday 18th June, 11am until 6pm.

Expect performance on the opening night from Cultivate regulars AMY KINGSMILL and MARNIE SCARLET, first performance from Marnie at 7.15pm, Amy at 7.45pm


There’s a Facebook event page for more Interact info or your interaction or updates should you like that kind of social media thing and the Cultivate website will be updated everyday. during the show


A piece in a gold frame found unwanted on the street outside a plush west end gallery, and when a frame is thrown out on the street then leave will grow in that frame.  Acrylic, spraypaint, brushwork, lashing gloss varnish on heavy duty board. 60cm x 80cm including the frame that is very much part of the piece

Fresh growth, new layers, leaves and the ongoing notion of a smaller painting brought to a completed conclusion…


Fresh growth, new layers, leaves and the ongoing notion of a smaller painting brought to a completed conclusion on every single day of the year in 2017. The latest painting have now been added to the website, some have already been sold,  some added to the Cultivate on-line shop.   There are bigger pieces of work in progress of course, several will be revealed soon, one or two bigger pieces at the forthcoming Interact show here in Hackney…




The 4th #43ArtDrop will happen at the Leytonstone Arts Trail…

The 4th in the ongoing #43ArtDrop series of pieces will take place over the opening weekend of the 2017 Leytonstone Arts Trail on Saturday 1st July and Sunday 2nd July


#43 – A piece of work in 43 parts. 43 paintings hung out on the streets for people to take should they wish to so. 43 paintings painted on things found on the street – pieces of wood, discarded canvases – the things we no longer want. Unwanted things reused and put back as 43 pieces of art,

43 paintings hung out (never dropped, always carefully hung), 43 pieces hung out on walls of Leytonstone to be taken. Once again the paintings will be marked on the back with the #43ArtDrop hashtag so that the finders can interact and others can follow the progress of the piece via social media throughout the duration of the 2017 Leytonstone Arts Trail. The hashtag and social media interaction has been an important part of these #43 pieces throughout 2016 and 2017 (as it was with 2015’s #365ArtDrops piece). Finders are encouraged to post photos of themselves with their found part of the piece on social media and to tell us where the 43 parts of the piece have ended up, the photos will be collected up and shared via Sean’ website as well as the Cultivate gallery website. .

The 43 pieces will be hung outside on the streets of Leytonstone the first piece will go out on around midday on Saturday July 1st and all 43 will be hung on walls outside galleries, pubs, in trees and who knows where during the opening weekend of the trail.

Sean Worrall is a London-based (and one time Leytonstone based) artist and curator. Sean’s current body of work explores the notion of new layers, the reclaiming of those things that are left to decay, the idea that our cities will eventually be covered and lost in new layers of growth. Lost in the short-term as we use the city walls as a (street) art canvas, then as nature paints her own leaf-shaped beauty over the top of it all and takes everything back Trillion Green, the Captain’s Table, fresh leaves and layers.…

Sean’s paintings explore the taking back of old walls, of unwanted materials, the growing over,, the freshness of new leaves, new marks, old surfaces, always growing, evolving. Newly weathered marks over old faded shapes, new layers, fresh leaves, sprayed paint, crumbling old stonework. New growth over old, new shoots, new paint over decayed colour, the marks of evolving art on tired city walls, new paint over old canvas. Layer over layer, the covering up, the taking back of unloved surfaces, refreshing. Spaces reclaimed both by human hand and nature’s growth, fresh growth, new layers.

Fresh leaves, the ongoing daily notion…


126/365 – Fresh Leaf Growth, May 6th Fresh growth, new layers, leaves and the ongoing notion of a smaller painting brought to a completed conclusion on every single day of 2017. On day 126, a 126th piece, acrylic, spray paint, brushwork, varnish on recycled hardboard, 12cm x 32cm

Fresh growth, new layers, leaves and the ongoing notion of a smaller painting brought to a completed conclusion on every single day of 2017. The notion goes on, yesterday was day 133, today’s, painting 134 is over there waiting to be photographed in the cold (day) light of tomorrow morning.  Some of these pieces are to be found via the Cultivate on-line shop, some them found hanging on the street, some of them are waiting until the next exhibition or maybe the forthcoming Art Car Boor Fair or maybe just left out there in the undergrowth…..

The leaving of leaves on the street…


A leaf left in East London, April 2017

The leaving of leaves (or what ever people choose to see, some see leaves, some see other things). Two leaves left hanging on East London walls for people to take should they wish to do so.  Two pieces of wood picked up off the Hackney streets, when people throw things out then leaves will grow on them. Two pieces of wood recycled, painted on, left hanging to be taken, now that’s what you call street art (the limited edition print will not be launched next week and this is not publicity for the next gallery show).  Two #ArtDrop pieces, never dropped, always carefully placed….

The notion of a small painting brought to a conclusion on every day of 2017 seemed like a good one on January 1st…


105/365 – Fresh Leaf Growth in a Frame..

The notion of a small painting brought to a conclusion on every day of 2017 seemed like a good one on January 1st, one hundred and ten days in, the 110th piece is over there awaiting a little more attention before today comes to an end. The notion still feels like a good one,, i do see it as one piece of work in 365 parts, some of the parts are for sale, some of them are being hung on the streets for people to take, some have gone to galleries some are still here. Someone asked if the plan was to hang all 365 together at the end of the year, that can’t happen, some of the pieces have already gone off to Sweden, Spain, California, Wales, Italy, Yorkshire, Kent, Shropshire, some will be on sale at the Art Car Boot Fair, some at the next Cultivate shows or… This isn’t the only thing I’m working on right now, there are a number of larger pieces in production and..
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Fresh leaf growth, the 100th painting of the year concluded…

100/365 – The 100th painting of 2017, April 10th – Fresh leaf growth and the notion of a smaller painting brought to a finished state every day of the year during 2017. Fresh leaf growth and new layers growing on on an evolving canvas now concluded – Acrylic, brush work, marker pen, spray paint, varnish, 19cm x 52cm x 4cm