Cultivate is now nomadic and I’m mostly to be found in my East London studio painting (and writing) and such, there are still regular Cultivate events happening though.
Just over three very busy non-stop years we’re spent curating at Cultivate, an artist-run gallery and creative space smack bang in the middle of Vyner Street, London E2 (2011 – 2014). There’s a regular blog about Cultivate here. Vyner Street was home base from August 2011 until the end of 2014, during that period we put on 112 group shows, solo shows, events and such during a run of just over three years where the space was open every single week. We were there until the end of December 2014 and the property developers struck, the building has now been pulled down and another block of expensive flats has gone up instead. During 2015, 2016 and 2017 Cultivate events have been happening in various warehouses, railway arches, tailor’s shops, formal galleries as well as online, in parks, on seafronts, on walls….
FORTHCOMING EVENTS –
CULTIVATE presents INTERACT – Thursday June 15th to Sunday June 18th, Coate Studios, 37 Coate Street, Hackney, London, E2 9AG.. Another gathering of pro-active artists coming together and doing it A group show of invited artistS curated by the Cultivate team. Another short sharp art show in a rather BIG and rather exciting, rather big East London space (just off the Hackney Road). Artists once again coming together and doing it ourselves once more… watch this space…. More details very soon… WATCH THIS SPACE. Doing it rather than just talking about doing it.
#43ArtDrop – 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.
CULTIVATE at the ART CAR BOOT FAIR – LONDON, Sunday July 9th , details soon
CULTIVATE at the ART CAR BOOT FAIR – FOLKESTONE, Saturday Sept 2nd, details soon
PREVIOUS SHOWS AND EVENTS in 2017
SOMETHING BLACK – Following on from the successful experiment that was the recent Red show, we shall do it all again, this time something black, the show will go live here on the Cultivate website and the Organ website at 6pm on April 28th 2017.
RED: 27th February 2017 – This time we Cultivate on line, sometimes we do it in formal galleries, or in warehouses or at dog shows or under railway bridges or in car parks at the seaside, this time we do it online. A group show featuring the art of 20 (or maybe more, we shall see how it flows) selected artists, selected via an on-line open call. Red went live at 6pm on Monday 27th February at www.organthing.com and is there now waiting to be explored
FRAGILE: 9th -12th February 2017 – And we’re looking forward to 2017 already, we will be back at at BSMT Space, 5d Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, London, N16 8BH in February for another Cultivate take over and another maximalist group show curated by myself and Emma Harvey. ..
FRAGILE – Another gathering of pro-active artists and another maximalist exercise in cross-pollination. A room alive with contemporary painters, so-called street artists, performers, print makers and more…. Watch this space…. Opening on Thursday evening and then a short sharp shock of a show through the weekend and closing on Sunday, no messing about, just artists, walls, people and….
Last time Emma Harvey and Sean Worrall invited a wallpaper printer (currently hanging in the V&A), alongside a street artist currently painting East London walls, a London dress-maker currently raging against London Fashion week, a contemporary painter currently exploring the view found through a circle, a performance artist freshly returned from her LA performance next to a pro-active artist still questioning the destruction of the mining communities, this time…. well we’re working on it…. . Opening night is on Thursday 9th Feb, 6-9pm at BSMT Space, 5d Kingsland Rd, Dalston (then open Fri, Sat, Sun 11am until 6pm)
ARTIST LINE UP – APPLE TART, ESPIRA, BRUCE LOVELOCK, CAIT SWEENEY, CHARLIE McFARLEY, CHRISTOPHE CACHELIN, DEBORAH GRIFFIN, ELIZABETH SANDFORD RICHARDSON, EMMA HARVEY, JIMMY C, JOANNA GEORGIADES, MODES OF BEING, MIA JANE HARRIS, QUIET BRITISH ACCENT, ROSSO, SEAN WORRALL, THIS ONE and VESNA PARCHET
PREVIOUS SHOWS AND EVENTS in 2016
GOLD at BSMT Space, opening Thursday 15th December. No Christmas sales here, it is the season to keep a low profile while all around the desperate need to sell sell sell. Most invites to take part in events are being politely turned down until the new year, although outside walls are being put to good use and old nails where things can be hung are being put to good use. Gold is a show invite I have accepted an invite to take part in, mainly because the gallery asked for a particular couple of recent pieces that haven’t been shown yet and I do rather like the gallery and the shows they put on in that space. Gold happens at BSMT Space, 5d Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, London, N16 8BH. The group show opens on December 15th and runs until the 18th – More details here
ARTIST INVOLVED IN GOLD: Saki and Bitches, Loli Darko, Stedhead, Neon Savage, Christopher Cachelin, Lost Hills, Tommy Gurr, Sean Worrall, Yvonne Wayling, Ant Carver, Lidwine Titli, Gary Alford, Giusi Tomasello, Joe Sangre, Jane Mutiny, Day Z, George Hathaway, Arturo Garcia de las Heras, Sara Doucette, Carleen de Sozer, Paul Burgoine, The Real Dill, Bareface Art, 616 and Cityzen Kane – FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE
The final #43 piece of 2016 – December 15th – 31st 2016, a piece of work in 43 parts. 43 paintings, leaves, golden ones this time, 43 leaves (although some say they see other things), 43 parts of a piece of work left hanging on walls on the streets (mostly London’s walls and streets) and all before 2016 finally comes to an end…
#43 – A piece of work in 43 parts. 43 paintings hung out on the streets for people to take should they wish to. 43 paintings 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 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 throughout the rest of December. The hashtag and social media interaction has been an important part of these #43 pieces throughout the year (as it was with 2015’s #365ArtDrops piece). Finders are encouraged to post photos on social media of themselves with their found part of the piece and to tell us where the 43 parts of the piece have ended up….
The first of the 43 parts will be hung out on a wall somewhere near BSMT Space gallery (Dalston, London N16) to coincide with the opening of the Gold show at that fine basement gallery on Thursday December 15th. The final part will be hung out on New Year’s Eve.
The 43 parts of the piece will mostly be “dropped” around the streets of London, there is a good chance one or two might appear slightly further afield during the last two weeks of 2016.
Cultivate returns to Dalston and that beautiful basement known as BSMT Space with another show curated by Sean Worrall and Emma Harvey. In March it was Debaser and slicing up eye balls, on September 22nd it will be Debased. Another gathering of pro-active artists and a maximalist exercise in cross-pollination. A room alive with contemporary painters, so-called street artists, performers, print makers and more…. Watch this space…. Opening on Thursday evening and then a short sharp shock of a show through the weekend and closing on Sunday, no messing about, just artists, walls, people and…. Opening night, Thursday 22nd September, then 11am until 7pm 23rd to 25th September
We were invited, by the good people of All Dogs Matter, to take part in the Victoria Park Dog Show again this year and once again we had a great time. “The dog show in the park yesterday was good in so many ways. Healthy to take art outside of the gallery comfort zone or beyond those actively going out to engage with art on the street or at an art event. The dog show was fun to be part of, it was fun to support but it was also about engaging, about meeting people who didn’t have art on their minds (hard to believe there are such people). True, street art engages outside of a gallery, but you don’t engage with the actual artist in terms of conversation unless you know him or her. Last Sunday was about being outside the comfort zone and about engaging conversations (it was also lots of fun with dogs and their people). Next we head for that Dalston Basement and a gallery space…”
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 the Wick while you still can
And once again there will be an art drop, 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.
ART CAR BOOT FAIR, HASTINGS, Saturday July 16th, at The Stade, Rock-A-Nore Road (next to Jerwood Gallery), 12-4pm, more details of the seaside treats to come and the full line up of artists here, looks like a rather exciting line up, I like that John Cooper Clark is part of it, so is Jimmy Cauty, Tracey Emin, Sir Peter Blake, Martin Creed, and a whole load more. We shall be there in the Cultivate Car boot, and the team will be myself, Emma Harvey, Skeleton Cardboard and Quiet British Accident. Go to the Organ page for a full list of artists and details…
DISPLACEMENT (There Goes The Neighbourhood) – A show featuring Featuring some of the artists who have painted on Clare Street (Bethnal Green, East London), before yet another street is destroyed to make way for yet more cafes and hotels (not of which will be anywhere near affordable for the normal Londoner). The show opens on Thursday July 7th and runs until July 14th at One Little Girl And a Can of Gasoline, 299 Clare Street, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9HD (“The last show in a steel fabrication workshop before it becomes yet another coffee shop, tattoo emporium, cocktail bar, organic foodstore, Tesco Metro or another trendy barbers”). There’s some Organ coverage of the art on Clare Street here. The Show features an “All star line up” including: 616, Ali Hamish, Airborne Mark, Attai, Bill Daggs, Bill Thorpe, Charlie McFarley, Donk, Fanakapan Frankie Strand, Himbad, Hugo & Sholto Id-iom, Lost Souls: (aka Captain Kris, Si Mitchell, Squirl, Sp Zero 76), Lilly Lou, My Dog Sighs, Noriaki, Pang, Sean Worrall, Seeds One, Skeleton Cardboard, This One, Tony Riff and Vanesa Longchamp. (Facebook event page)
ON THE BRINK – A 3D Exhibition – This exhibition is being curated by Brett Banks, Sira Cornejo Sz Ibarra and Mary Knight. An event in the grounds of The Wanstead Quaker Meeting House., Bush Road, London, E11 3AU over the weekends of July 2nd/3rd and 9th/10th (Saturdays 12-5pm, Sundays 1-5pm). More details here via an Organ piece and lots of photos and words from the opening day – ORGAN THING: On The Brink, nineteen exciting artists, sculptures, installations and some old rope and leaves..
BRICK LANE ART CAR BOOT FAIR – We shall be taking part in the Art Car Boot Fair again this year, and as always Emma Harvey and I, as Cultivate, will be inviting other artists to join us in out “boot”. This year’s event happens on Sunday June 12th and the full up in the Cultivate boot will be Sean Worrall, Emma Harvey, the wordy duo that is Quiet British Accent and joining us this year Mr Skeleton Cardboard. More about the Art Car Boot Fair over on the Cultivate blog, and yes, I expect I will paint another One Hundred Pieced Piece this year. For a full list of artists taking part (Gavin Turk, Sir Peter Blake, Tracey Emin, Pure Evil, Ben Eine, Pam Hogg and quite a few more) head over to the Organ pages for a full list of names, a feature and lots of photos from past Art Car Boot Fairs. Or head here for a post event review and a whole load of photos for 2016 –
ORGAN THING: Last days of Shoreditch? Nah, I loved being part of the Art Car Boot Fair yesterday….
Wall & Jones is the home of a small group of designers working and creating within a beautiful old tailor’s shop on the Hackney Road, a treasure trove of a space that has been transformed into a cabinet of curiosities, housing the two designers’ latest collections in an aesthetic of Victorian tatter. Harvey and Worrall will share the space with Wall and Jones for a weekend at the end of May, the two artists will hang a collection of recent paintings around the creations of the in-house designers, the hand made clothing, the fabrics, the colour, the silk, the linen, the old flags and prints, the jewellery and the curios to be found in the packed shop space and the treasure-filled basement downstairs.
“The place has been exciting us both for months we’ve been staring through the windows magpie-like on our way past, the fabrics, the colours, the glorious clutter, we’re excited to have this chance to be showing work here amongst all the beauty” Harvey & Worrall will open at Wall & Jones, 340 Hackney Road, London, E2, on Friday 27th May for an evening preview (6pm until 8pm) and then be in the space on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May from 11am until 6pm
The nomadic thing that is Cultivate returns to the scene of January’s Reveal show and that railway arch by London Fields, Hackney, East London, as guests of Fount. ThIs time a solo exhibition of paintings from Sean Worrall.
The show opens on Tuesday April 12th and will run until Wednesday April 20th (closed on the Monday), we will have a late night opening on Thursday 14th April when the show will be open until 9pm (expect guests, performance and more on the Thursday and throughout the show)
Sean will present a collection of his recent (ongoing) series of Sometimes They Have Thorns paintings that have been evolving during 2016. The series of paintings that started at the Reveal show and formed a big part of the #43 show that happened on the 43rd day of the year with that one day show on the street under a railway bridge, the series that continued at the recent Debaser show over at BSMTSpace and will continue once more with new work for this nine day solo show in the railway arch at Fount.
The gallery walls will be alive with thorny growth, leaves on canvas (although some see other things and talk of leafhearts and such), expect thorns, pruning of growth, gardening, painting on canvas, on found things and for the last time this year the canvas paintings will be on sale at no more than £43 each (these will once again also be smaller pieces painted on found recycled vinyl or pieces of reclaimed wood, expect work priced as low as £5).
The show will evolve through the nine days with Sean working at the space (or outside the space) during the period.
And as is tradition now with Sean’s solo shows, there will be a guest wall of artists invited to take part and make use of one wall in the space (Cultivate is about getting art and artists out there, artists coming together and doing it ourselves)
From 11am until 6pm on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April Find us in the yard by the railway arch at Fount, right by London Fields, Broadway Market, Netil Market and everything that involves at the weekend (lots of food, art, entertainment and the rest)
Cultivate will take over part of the Fount yard for an affordable art mart featuring creativity from some of the regular artists from past Cultivate events as well as new artist and freshly invited guests. Expect paintings, prints, zines, handmade creativity and lots more, expect entertainment, food from the cafe in the other arch and who knows what…. At the same time, East London Prints will be occupying one of the railway arch spaces with their fine range of prints (and no doubt joining in outside as well) and Sean Worrall’s nine day solo show of paintings “Sometimes They Have Thorns” will be half way through and evolving in another one of the Fount Railway arches.
DEBASER – An Art Show in a Basement – the follow up to January’s Reveal show in the railway Arch, Debaser happened at Dalston’s BSMT Space over in London N16. A show that opened on Thursday March 24th and then ran until Sunday March 27th Another group show that found me putting my Cultivate head on to curate another cross-pollination of contemporary painters, street artists, performers, print makers. The show featured the art of AGATA CARDOSO, ARINA ORLOVA, BRUCE LOVELOCK, CHARLIE McFARLEY, COS AHMET, DEBORAH GRIFFIN, EMMA HARVEY, JOANNA GEORGIADES, M.O.B., MARCELINA AMELIA, MATT REID, NADINE TALALLA, QUIET BRITISH ACCENT, ROSSO, SEAN WORRALL, SKELETON CARDBOARD and THIS ONE. There is a certain pleasure in pulling together a group show and some cross-pollination, gathering together a group of diverse artists and mixing things up..
SEAN WORRALL – “#43” – Following on from 2015’s year-long piece that was the #365ArtDrops piece of work, #43 was a new piece of work from Sean Worrall consisting of 43 pieces and revealed somewhere in London on Friday February 12th, the 43rd day of 2016. #43 happened all over the East London streets on day 43 with pieces left hanging for people to take and then carried on with an exhibition that happened with 43 minutes notice (and announcements via social media) under a bridge on a public road in East London for day 44. Paintings were hung, people cam along, the show lasted for 43 minutes, wine was drunk, people joined in, pretty much a conventional traditional gallery show and a wall alive with paintings really. Thanks to everyone who came along, and apologies to those who complained they didn’t get the news in time (we did announce when the announcement would be).
Reveal, the first Cultivate event of 2016. Opening on Thursday 7th January at 6pm and running until 6pm Sunday 10th January, in an East London railway arch by London Fields, Hackney, London E8.
A collection of artists invited to exhibit on the very white walls of an East London Railway arch while things happen inside and outside in the yard. Cultivate will take over one of the arches at Fount London for a long weekend starting on the evening of the first Thursday of 2016. Arches, 358-260, Westgate Street, London, E8 3RN. There’s a review here: ORGAN THING: Reveal, An Art Show in a Railway Arch, the opening night reviewed… The show featured the following artists – Amy Elizabeth Kingsmill, Caroline Reed, Cecily Baker, Deborah Griffin, Diane Goldie, Emma Harvey, John Lee Bird , Marnie Scarlet, Megan Pickering, Patrick Morrissey/Hans Hancock, Samuel Brzeski, Sarah Sparkes, Sean Worrall, Skeleton Cardboard and ThisOne
Previously in 2015….
2015 was the year of #365ArtDrops, 365 paintings on things found on the street, things thrown out by people, pieces of wood, unwanted canvas, cardboard, bottles, boards, generic Ikea prints, thrown our frames. Thrown out things rescued, painted on, brought back to life and then put back out on the street for people to hopefully take. Each piece numbered, signed, and marked with the #365ArtDrops hashtag so it can all be followed on media (the hashtag works on Twitter and Facebook). As Hoped for, people told us of the fate of the pieces as the year unwinds. There is now a Tumblr feed just for the art drop photos…. we’re now working on all the documentation
DEADCUTS at the Ritter-Zamet gallery next Saturday. (21st November)
Deadcuts and very special guests playing in one room, rather looking forward to the special guests. Art hanging in and around another room, film and music everywhere, down in Whitechapel or up in Whitechapel or over in Whitechapel, London E1, More in a bit, tickets on sale for the gig now… artists involved include Sophie MacDonald, Espira, Jason Atomic , Joni Belaruski, Rckay Rax , Sean Worrall
It seems I shall be putting on my suit and tie and giving a presentation/talk and taking part in this discussion in Colchester at the rather expansive looking Firstsite Gallery tomorrow. Rather keen to visit the gallery and see the current exhibition Firstsite invited me to take part in the discussion which in itself has caused some interest with one London curator refusing to be on the same discussion panel and asking for me to be removed (one of those pay just to submit a e.mail lot who thinks we artists are their cash cows), not sure what happened to her in the in the end, not willing to talk about it in public. So anyway, talk and presentation from me and four others then a discussion, Should be an interesting evening… (I may have lied about the suit and tie bit). For the record I’m a strong supporter of group shows and open call shows, I think they’re vital, I’ve put on many, I’ve found some exciting artists through holding them. I just question the way some open calls are rather cynically run by galleries and curators and the way artists are treated as nothing but cash cows by those who so often claim to be supporting artists. There’s a Cultivate blog as a follow up to the talk here
THE WORLD OF DIANE GOLDIE featuring Diane Goldie and friends Tuesday November 3rd (6pm until 9pm) at The Vaults, Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN with an “Anti Fashion” catwalk at 8pm in the tunnel on Leake Street. The show then ran until November 7th (open 11am until 7pm)
Cultivate art stall at the All Dogs Matter Victoria Park Dog show, Victoria Park, East London, on Sunday September 20th.
ART CAR BOOT FAIR, MARGATE – And pleased to announce that we will be joining the Art Car Boot Fair down in Margate at the Turner Contemporary on Sunday 30th August 2015. With SEAN WORRALL, EMMA HARVEY, QUIET BRITISH ACCENT, JULIA MADDISON and Guests. Cultivate artists off to the seaside, four of us this time (well five, Quiet British Accent are two). Sunday August 30, 12-4pm, £3 entry
“Lured by the sea, the light, the tradition, the eccentric and the eclectic and thanks to the generous invitation of Turner Contemporary, we will be rolling into town this August Bank Holiday with the artworld’s most exuberant event. Margate, former home and inspiration to both Turner and Emin, quintessential seaside town and freshly buzzing with vibrancy and a sense of adventure – it’s the perfect place to bring the Art Car Boot Fair! Our car boots will overflow with local and London talents including exciting new collaborations with Margate based independents, Resort, Crate and Limbo and many other individual artists and performers who’ll bringing beach huts, matt black caravans, The Kent Cultural Baton, an ex-Nato campervan turned Camera Obscura, maybe the odd Bathing Machine to boot….plus a full 3 hour cabaret from Cabaret Futura’s inimitable Richard Strange and there’ll be lots of random performances and happenings besides…and fresh from success at our London event in June we’re delighted to bring The Dog in a Vintage Vauxhall Viva Boot Show!”
From 9am until 10pm with a drinks reception in the evening and artists hanging about and hanging work all day. A one day art event featuring artists from all over London (and maybe beyond) gathering to show (and sell) work at a one day pop up event in Leyton, London E10, in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and as part of the Leytonstone Arts Trail Expect lots of artists, lots of art, maybe a one-off special piece or two at a bargain fund-raising price, expect the show to be evolving all day as new artists and art arrives. Expect original paintings, limited edition prints, 3d pieces, small affordable pieces, big pieces, expect the unexpected and expect a great day. Come along, explore some art, meets some of the artists and support the rather wonderful thing that is Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. A percentage of every sale will go to Great Ormond Street. (I imagine quite a healthy percentage, artists are pricing their own work and deciding on a percentage). Do bring cash (we will provide facilities to take credit card payments). The studios themselves will be open to visitors throughout the day, artists are being encouraged to hang around so they can talk about their works, there’s the arts trail to explore and so come hang with us.
DEN-CITY 1 – I shall be participating in Artist Rebecca Feiner’s Den City on June 26th to June 28th mostly with the careful hanging (never actually dropping is it can be helped) of pieces that are part of the year long #365ArtDrops piece of work. Den City is “a temporary utopian city of installations, dens and assemblages. Colourfully, repurposing, and recycling on the theme ‘Work in Progress’ . DEN- City1 will be mushrooming on a prime piece of land by the Olympic site. Forget Glastonbury, this is a free space, an art city where money has been abolished, and the only place to be in response to the London Festival of Architecture”. Featuring talks, workshops, to poetry, performance special opening night events and many other surprises… Friday June 26,- 6-9pm, Saturday June 27, 2-9pm, Sunday June 29, 1-4pm. The event happens in Hackney Wick, in the (rather large) yard of H.Forman & Son, Stour Road, Fish Island, London, E3 2NT.
Artists involved in Den City include Paul Sakoilsky, Hannah Gardiner, Kate Farrow, David.C.West, Sean Worrall, Matthew Andrew, Susanna Sanroman, India Roper Evans, Charlie Fox, Anna Maloney, Martin Sexton, Rubbish Artist, Sarah Sparkes, Sarah Doyle, Tom Estes, Mia Culpa, William Angus Hughes, Rebecca Scott, Meiko Kikuta, MonikaTobel, Samuel Brzeski, Danny Pockets, Joanna McCormick, Julia Maddison, Andrew Stys, Cluster Bomb Collective, Gzillion Artist, Glenn Fitzy Fitzpatrick, Jude Cowan Montague, Iris Garrelfs, Ansell Cizic and more
ART CAR BOOT FAIR, LONDON – Pleased to say I shall be back once again, for the 12th Annual Brick Lane Art Car Boot Fair, London, E1 Sunday 14th June. Always one of the highlights of the London art calender and always good to be part of it…..
PLAY: A weekend group show, curated by Sean Worrall and Emma Harvey. The show happened in a beautiful big empty shell of an East London warehouse right by London Fields, Hackney, London, E8 over the weekend of June 6th/7th. Photos, words and a video from the day here
The NEWS AGENTS – I shall be on the radio on Saturday afternoon, April 25th, 2.30pm-3.30pm on London arts radio station Resonance 104.4FM – A hybrid news-arts programme curated by Jude Cowan Montague, Rebecca Feiner and Alice Foster. This week, Underculture arts in East London – Sean Worrall, London-based painter and veteran of the underground arts community has many active identities, past and present. He is the curator of gallery Cultivate (currently in a pop up manifestation) and the driver of long-term music and culture zine, the Organ. He talks about arts strategies in underground London past and present and discusses stories of today’s art world as represented by current media. Includes new and unsigned music and Sean’s selection from his label’s back catalogue. – Hosted by Rebecca Feiner.. If missed it live then here’s a reply
SOAPBOX SUNDAY SOCIAL at Monty’s Bar, Brick Lane, Sunday April 5th – an all day event that starts at midday.. I shall be there on Sunday for the afternoon with very affordable art. Expect £10 pieces of painted vinyl, some affordable one off canvas pieces and maybe one or two pieces painted on whatever can be found on the Lane during the day…
Sunday soapbox Alternate Sunday’s at Montys Bar.(smack bang in the middle of the Brick Lane), Expect Artists, musicians, zine makers, poets etc. Montys Bar in the heart of Brick Lane, has become the place for street artists to meet, exhibit work and “catch up over a beer or a Cocktail from the extensive menu” TheSoupbox events start again for 2015 on Easter Sunday “Come down on Sunday the 5th of April for our relaunch party for 2015 with live art, music, freebees, and a whole load of Soapbox Sunday Shenanigans”. Stalls, art on the walls and things from Midday until 6pm then some liver art and performance in the evening.
POP up F**K off – Saturday 28th March, 3pm until late…. Broadway Studios, Tooting Broadway, London, SW17…. 19 rooms and a courtyard, including one room with an installation from me. Broadway Studio is/was a beautiful old complex of buildings that in recent years have been used as art studios and, like most of the creative space of London, are about to be pulled down, destroyed and replaced by more gentrification and another block of expensive flats for investors to make money out of… There’s a review and lots of photos on the Organ pages
CHINESE OPEN 2015 > Year Of The Sheep – A one day show in another car park Opening on 22nd February 2015 down underground on level minus 1, minus 2 and minus 7, , it happened in the same place as the event has been for the last two years, at Q PARK, 20 Newport Place, Soho, London, W2. Organ coverage and photos from 2014 here
and Organ coverage of the rather triumphant 2015 event here – really was a good start to the year
PREVIOUS SHOWS in 2014
After a very (very) busy 2014, adventures in Folkestone, Fulham, in car parks in Westminster, Brick Lane and Soho, in Liverpool, In Bermondsey, Shoreditch and Dalston, art drops and take overs in Hackney Wick, Sean is taking a break from shows and is busy painting new layers and exploring art without the pressure of a show or a deadline… fresh growth for 2015….
Although, one or two things are happening, such as the Artist Xmas Bazaar at the Angus-Hughes Gallery, Hackney, London E5, where you can find original pieces of gift-shaped art priced at £60 or less. The event opens on Friday December 12th and goes on until Sunday December 21st. Expect lots and lots of handmade art….
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?).
I’LL BE BACK IN FIVE MINUTES….. The last show at Cultivate, Vyner Street. One last cool as flip explosive salon hang of a group show at Cultivate and down the thing we know and love(d) as Vyner Street, one more before it goes bang and we let it all evolve again.
The show opens on Thursday 25th September, (gallery open 11.30am until 6pm Thursday to Sunday) ) NOTE: The late night view for this show is on First Thursday 2nd October. 6pm until 9pm), the show runs until Sunday 5th October
A ten day show curated by me, a last show to put a full stop on this chapter of our on going Cultivate adventure. including our 38th First Thursday in an unbroken row… Cultivate has always been about commitment, that and not hiding behind unwelcoming closed doors
Artists featured: ASHLEY FITZGERALD, BRUCE LOVELOCK, COLDBLACK, DEBORAH GRIFFIN, EMMA HARVEY, GLENN FITZPATRICK, HARLEY PRICE, JOANNA GEORGIADES, JULIA MADDISON, MADELEINE STRINDBERG, MERVYN DIESE, MATHEW TUDOR, MONIKA TOBEL, SEAN WORRALL, SHARON REEVES , TIM GOFFE, VANYA BALOGH, QUIET BRITISH ACCENT and ZOE CROSSE
SEAN WORRALL & Guests – WHAT PRICE ART? 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? The event starts at 11.30am on September 18th and runs until Sunday September 21st and the gallery is open 11.30am until 6pm from Thursday until Sunday. Guest artists with work you can buy at the price YOU choose will include Quiet British Accent, Julia Maddison, Marvyn Syna, Carne Griffiths and more
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.
There 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.
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.
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).
September First Thursday at Cultivate, and a celebratory show marking three year of curating and sharing space right in the middle of Vyner Street
Cultivate first burst in to life on a dramatic First Thursday back in September 2011. We took on the space on the Wednesday, put an artist call out that night, got the keys at 3pm on the Thursday afternoon, cleared the space out (old beds and all kinds of clutter) and somehow opened five minutes late at 6.05pm on First Thursday evening back in September 2011- it was a brilliant night, an exciting night, artists coming together and making something happen. Three years later, against all the odds, we’re still here and preparing for out 37th in a run of unbroken…. more
Part three of the 2014 ART CAR BOOT FAIR summer adventure takes us to FOLKSTONE to take part in the FOLKSTONE TRIENNIAL on the opening day of the event on August 30th.
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 –
Here’s their list “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, Zoe Crosse, Julia Maddison, Mathew Tudor, 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!”
The FIFTH ONE HUNDRED PIECED PIECE at the Hackney WickED arts festival, East London – 1st – 3rd AUGUST 2014 (“Championing creativity through Exhibitions, Open Studios, Performance, Fetes, Music, Workshops, Tours and more…”), The Fifth One Hundred Pieced Piece will be painted on one hundred things founds in and around the streets of Hackney and Hackney Wick starting on the Hackney Wicked weekend and going on throughout August.. The pieces will be painted ahead of and during the weekend and throughout August and put back on the street as one hundred pieces of free art. Pieces painted on old doors, packing crates, cardboard, pieces of wood, discarded unwanted art thrown in skips and bins outside galleries and studios, things unwanted, things to grow things on..
August First Thursday at Cultivate Evolved – August – – First Thursday evening down Vyner Street and the monthly event where a healthy cross-section of galleries and art spaces in and around the street open at the same time to make for what you could almost call an art street party. 6pm to 9pm.
Rather pleased to have a big Dirty Great Flower of a painting in this year’s OFF THE WALL Terrace show next month. Didn’t find out about it until after the event last year when another artist who didn’t quite understand what it was about asked me to go break in and get her painting back. Me? Well I love the idea of work being left outside, I think all my paintings should be outside, that is, after all, what they are mostly about…
OFF THE WALL – The 9th Terrace Annual Open 2014 – 4-17 Frederick Terrace, London E8 4EW 3-7pm Saturday 9th August 2014
Last year’s 8th Terrace Annual attracted more than 150 entries and brought together a group of over 70 international artists whose work was installed alongside the previous eight years 250 entries. This one day only show is held outdoors in a private walled former piece of wasteland. The works have been exposed to the elements for up to eight years – They have shifted, faded, broken, rotted, remained and, in some cases, disappeared.
The 9th Terrace Annual Open ‘Off The Wall’ is on Saturday the 9th of August 2014 from 3-7pm and will include a Bar, BBQ, Cakes, DJ, Legion TV, Nocturne Lighting and more. After show drinks from 7pm at The Duke of Wellington, Haggerston Road, London E8.
BIG DEAL! MARVELOUS MIX UPS 6 at LOUD AND WESTERN – Loud & Western Building, 59-65 Broughton Road, Fulham, London, SW6 2LE. A show curated by Vanya BALOGH & Danny POCKETS, a group exhibition that open with a private view on July 10th and then runs from July11th until the 25th July (open daily from 12pm until 6pm). I shall be exhibiting a floor-based sculptural piece featuring a number of recent found and painted objects – the radiator, packing cases.
A FETE WORSE THAN DEATH 20th anniversary – Sunday 19th July – “A 20th Anniversary Art extravaganza to commemorate the original Fete Worse than Death held 20 years ago in Hoxton Square. Live art, music, films & performances by the famous, the infamous & rising stars of tomorrow…” We shall be curating a Cultivate stall at the Fete, a “Better Woolworths” in celebration of Joshua Compston as part of the Fete that runs from midday to 8pm in Rivington Street, and midday to midnight – Red Gallery, Hoxton, East London. I shall also be painting a Stirling Ackroyd estate agent sign for the event
July First Thursday at Cultivate Evolved. July 3rd – First Thursday evening down Vyner Street and the monthly event where a healthy cross-section of galleries and art spaces in and around the street open at the same time to make for what you could almost call an art street party. I shall be showing a wall full of work at Cultivate from 5pm until 9pm on First Thursday July 3rd alongside the other five Cultivate in-house artists and four selected guest artists
THE ART CAR BOOT FAIR at the LIVERPOOL BIENNIAL – 5th JULY. Second of this year’s Art Car Boot Fair events, this time on the opening Saturday of the Liverpool Biennial – 5th July 12-4pm, 45-61 Duke Street, Liverpool, L1.
Expect more Sean Worrall painted vinyl, canvas, Emma Harvey Art Tarts, Julia Maddison monoprints, Quite British Accent Merseyside football programme manipulation and and other acts of artistic Cultivation.
Here’s what the Art Car Boot Fair organisers say… “We’ll be pushing our boots out for the first time in Merseyside bringing highlights from our London event plus a whole new and exciting Liverpool crew to join in with all the excitement of the opening weekend of the Liverpool Biennial.
Featuring Gavin Turk who will be driving his Canvas Car to Liverpool with a boot-full of artworks created just for the day!
A special limited edition print from Sir Peter Blake created exclusively for the Art Car Boot Fair in Liverpool! FREE custom screen printing at Ian Dawson’s Copy Shop, make your own originals! Plus! The Art Cargo Van packed with Art Car Boot Fair delights!
Line-up includes Sir Peter Blake, Gavin Turk, The Royal Standard, Nina Fowler, Nina Saunders, Julia Vogl, Kevin Hunt, Cultivate Evolved with Sean Worralll, Emma Harvey, Julia Maddison, Quiet British Accent, Matthew Tudor, Herrick Gallery with Maria Teresa Gavazzi & Jeffrey Disaster, Swifty, Scrawl Collective, James Unsworth, The Juncture, Carolyn Gowdy, Wilma ‘Surfmama’ Johnson, Rachel Marcroft, Emily Speed, Rose Smith, Theodore Vass, Madeleine Hall, Francis Disley, Dave Evans, Sam & Linny Venables, Double Negative and The Royal Standard featuring Rob Chavasse, Sam Smith & Joey Holder plus many more besides”
MIDSUMMER WEEKEND at Cultivate Evolved, a Friday night midsummer celebration on midsummer’s eve 20th June (6pm until 9pm and then off to find open space for the sunrise) and midsummer weekend at Cultivate, Vyner Street with art inside and out from the in-house artists and guests and including Julia Maddison‘s Used Boots And Panties installation that features a pair of ex-stripper’s black high heel shoes that may now have some of my growth painted on them. Expect freshly painted £1 card pieces, new summer leaf growth, canvas pieces at affordable prices for the weekend as well as more pain ting of found recycled unwanted objects.
June First Thursday at Cultivate Evolved….. 5th June, 6pm – 9pm, – Cultivate, Vyner Street – A wall full of painted vinyl and a first taste of the One Hundred pieced Vinyl Piece, a piece of work that features 100 pieces of recycled unwanted 12″ vinyl records all painted at the same time throughout May.
BRICK LANE ART CAR BOOT FAIR – I shall once again be appearing at the almost legendary Brick Lane event again this year, my fourth year at the event, this time as one of the Cultivate Evolved artists The event happens on Saturday June 8th. Here’s an Organ feature from last year’s event, including the first of my three One Hundred Pieced Pieces that were produced last year.
May First Thursday at Cultivate….. 1st May, 6pm – 9pm, – Cultivate, Vyner Street. This time I shall show one large canvas piece alive with fresh red growth on last years black, blue and gold leaf growth. The gallery will also feature a Wall of Gold, a wall curated by me and featuring small pieces from 15 special invited artists, pieces of a golden yellow nature and a diverse wall united by the feeling evoked of one dominant hue…
SUNLESS is the name of a forthcoming exhibition at the Bermondsey Project Space curated by London-based artist Mathew Tudor. Mathew promises an exhibition of art works inspired by the essay film San Soeil (1983) and the experimental short La Jetee (1962), two works by Chris Marker. The exhibition will be a mixture of painting, sculpture, instillation and film loosely inspired by the theme of identity, time and the concept of the collective consciousness. The show will open on April 11th and run until April 16th (open daily from Midday until 6pm) at Bermondsey Project Space, 46 Willow Walk, London, SE1 5SF. (entry is free).
STOP THE WAR – An art show at INDRA AND SAMIA GALLERY, London E1. – A group show called Stop The War, opening on Friday 28th March and running until 30th April 2014 – full details and photos from the opening night here
HACKNEY WICK V&A TAKEBACK – A nearly spontaneous one day all day DIY art event at SWAN WHARF, – Saturday April 5th, 1pm until 11pm at SWAN WHARF, 60 Dace Road, Hackney Wick, London E3 2NQ
“Why such short notice? This is a DIY response to the events at the V&A a couple of weeks ago, a spontaneous artistic response. A response that coincides with the grand opening of the Olympic Park as well as a response that needed be as close as possible to the V&A Takeover date to build on the creative juices unleashed by that event
WHY DIY? This is strictly a DIY artists response. Our own economy of creativity and collaboration to make something happen. What you see is being given for free – time, buildings, posters, advice, contacts, equipment, bartering & lending, so be nice to everyone, that costs nothing Is there a curation policy? This is hardcore DIY, savvy self organising artists, a collection of artists who will just show up, set up, and make the day happen
Why? By popular grassroots demand, in response to the success of the Hackney Wick Takeover night at the V&A. No other community invited to the V&A has ever said thank you very much, and then gone on mass to bring that spirit back home and with our good times Hackney Wick trademark. Expect artists to bring their great ideas, enthusiasm, adaptability, spirit of collaboration and…. ” More Hackney Wick Take Back details here on the Organ pages
APRIL FIRST SATURDAY – The second Vyner Street First Saturday, an all day event on Saturday April 5th starting at 10am and going on until 11pm, with lots of galleries, art spaces, studios and cafes and spaces in Vyner Street open and putting on events throughout the day, including Cultivate Evolved.
APRIL FIRST THURSDAY at CULTIVATE – Thursday April 3rd, 6pm until 9pm – regular late night opening event at Cultivate where I have a wall of ever evolving work.. A night where most, if not all, the galleries and art spaces of the street open
MARCH FIRST THURSDAY at CULTIVATE – Thursday March 6th, 6pm until 9pm – regular late night opening event at Cultivate where I have a wall of ever evolving work.. A night where most, if not all, the galleries and art spaces of the street open
FIRST SATURDAY – The first Vyner Street First Saturday, an all day event on Saturday March 1st starting at 10am and going on until 11pm, with lots of galleries, art spaces, studios and cage in Vyner Street open and putting on events throughout the day. At CULTIVATE EVOLVED I shall be making paintings of pints of Guinness, they will cost you a pint of Guinness from the Victory pub, over the road… at some point I may paint a cheese roll or a bag of crisps. All my recent 2014 canvas pieces will be on sale for just £10 for the day, vinyl will also be vinyl being painted on all day.
THE LIBRARY OF OBSCURE WONDERS at HUNDRED YEARS GALLERY, London E2 – A show curated by Jo Fisher Roberts and Giles Leaman and features two small obscure wonders of mine. The show ran from 19th Feb until 2nd March.
THE 2014 CHINESE OPEN at Q PARK, 20 Newport Place, Soho, London, W2 – A Chinese New Year group show in a giant underground car park that took place between Ferbuary 3rd and February 9th. The show included a number of my pieces. See a selection of other people’s work here on the Organ pages
FEBRUARY FIRST THURSDAY at CULTIVATE – Thursday Feb 6th, 6pm until 9pm – regular monthly late night opening event at Cultivate where I have a wall of ever evolving work.. A night where most, if not all, the galleries and art spaces of the street open.
JANUARY FIRST THURSDAY at CULTIVATE – Thursday Jan 2nd, 6pm until 9pm – regular monthly late night opening event at Cultivate where I have a wall of ever evolving work..
An album of recent show/event posters, group shows, solo shows and such