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

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#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.

There hasn’t been any art drops in 2017…

Social media seems to think I need to share a memory from a year ago, this This photo was posted on Facebook on February 14th 2016 . I do like these photos that people post of them finding the pieces of art I’ve left on the street to be taken. There hasn’t been any art drops in 2017, the last one was on December 31st 2016, the new year resolution has held for just over 43 days now, it might not hold much longer though, Spring must be around the corner soon surely? Leaves need to shoot on walls soon, do like the smiles that the art drops result in…

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Clearing out the cobwebs, having a look back at…

Spring cleaning today, clearing up the website, clearing out the studio, clearing out the cobwebs, having a look back at the last few productive years. There’s a whole album of selected pieces from the last six years – paintings, pieces, art drops, leaves, pieces left hanging on walls, paintings in galleries, boxes in the street, old growth, new growth, things evolving, been a busy last six or so years – the #365ArtDrop piece, the maximalism down Vyner Street, the #43 pieces of 2016, thousands of pieces of art, a hundred or more shows curated, good to take a step back and view it all as one body or productiveness…
Vinyl, work in progress, May 2014.

Vinyl, work in progress, May 2014.

Play, 2015. A show curated...

Play, 2015. A show curated…

Meanwhile, today’s fresh growth, today’s new leaves, #SometimesTheyHaveThorns. Second painting of an already busy year, this is no time to slack off, onward with the cultivating, Fresh growth and a painting on a found wooden wine box lid (20cm x30cm). I expect this one will be on on sale via the Cultivate on-line shop in a moment, .
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One left down by the river, another on a rail in Birmingham, another by a bridge in Hackney…

#43ArtDrop, part 12/43 (Dec 2016)

#43ArtDrop, part 12/43 (Dec 2016)

The latest of the 43 paintings that make up the December #43ArtDrop piece, have been left hanging on walls for people to take should they wish to.  Another piece of work in 43 parts, 43 paintings on things found on the street, things found, painted on and then put back on the street, mostly the London streets (and river banks) occasionally out of town.  New life and fresh layers on unwanted thrown out things, fresh growth. Pieces left by London Bridge, by the river, a piece left on a rather colourful East London building, another by a railway bridge in Hackney, and one left outside a railway station in Birmingham, all of them left for people to take, all with the hash tag on the back  so people can engage, this people of work is partly about the engagement and the social media interaction, where do they go? Back in to landfill? Hung on people’s walls? All 43 parts of the piece will be hung out before the year ends, the final #43 piece of a long long year….

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The 7th part of the #43ArtDrop piece was left hanging on a wall by a railway station…

#43ArtDrop Part 7, (Dec 2016)

#43ArtDrop Part 7, (Dec 2016)

The 7th part of the final #43ArtDrop piece of 2016 was left hanging on a wall by a railway station in East London. A painting, one of 43, left hanging for someone to take should they wish to…
#43ArtDrop Part 7, (Dec 2016)

#43ArtDrop Part 7, (Dec 2016)

And we see via the magic of Instagram that part 6 of the latest #43ArtDrop piece has been found. I left it hanging on a wall yesterday, one of four that made it out on to the streets yesterday…. The use of the hashtag and the social media interaction is an important part of these pieces, this is what the piece is about, taking things no one wants, old bits of wood thrown in a skip and such, and turning that unwanted thing in to a painting that hopefully people will find some use for…

The 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th parts of the final #43ArtDrop piece of 2016 were left hanging on….

#43ArtDrop Part 4/43 (Dec 2016)

#43ArtDrop Part 4/43 (Dec 2016)

The 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th parts of the final #43ArtDrop piece of 2016 were left hanging on four walls in East London today, Sunday December 18th.  Four paintings on recycled wood picked up off the London streets, four pieces painted on and then hung back out on the streets for people to take should they wish to. A piece of work in 43 parts, the final part will be hung on a wall before the year ends. 43 paintings on found things, the paintings have to be on found things, fresh growth and fresh layers on things no longer wanted. Each piece marked with #43ArtDrop so people can interact with the piece of work….

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The first and second parts of the final #43ArtDrop piece of 2016 have now been left hanging…

#43ArtDrop Part 1/43 (Dec 2016)

#43ArtDrop Part 1/43 (Dec 2016)

The first and second parts of the final #43ArtDrop piece of 2016 have now been left hanging in East London, the first was left on Ridley Road in the dark of Thursday evening, the second hung on a blue wall this Saturday lunch time. Two paintings, the first two of forty-three, left hanging for someone to take should they wish to do so. Once again the pieces are painted on found things picked up off the streets, the paintings must be on recycled pieces of unwanted canvas or wood or packaging whatever people have deemed of no use.  Each one has the #43ArtDrop hashtag on the back so people can interact and get involved in the piece. Finding out what has happened to the paintings is very much part of the piece…