Carefully hanging, never dropped….

An #ArtDrop

An #ArtDrop

Some pieces painted on found pieces of wood, some glorious lumps of old floorboard rescued from a skip on a Hackney street. Rescued, painted on, and then hung on East London walls, pieces left hanging for people to take should they wish to.

An #ArtDrop

An #ArtDrop

Three went out today, one piece hanging on Grey Eagle Street, Brick Lane, East London (underneath a rather fine Shepard Fairey piece as well as a large Invader), a second piece hanging on a wall near Brick Lane (not far from a Dale Grimshaw face) and a third on the Hackney Road where a large Stik figure can look down on it until if goes…

An #ArtDrop

An #ArtDrop

As always these pieces have hashtags on the back, #ArtDrop and we encourage people to use that hashtag, send in photos and tell us where the pieces get to… .There was a piece left early this week on the wall by the Regent’s Canal here in Hackney, a green thorny piece. The drops will go on randomly, here and there, now and again, not a solid piece of work like last year’s #365ArtDrops piece, just some random pieces of art painted on interesting things found on the street and left (never dropped) hanging for people to take like Louisa did today

Louisa found an #ArtDrop

Louisa found an #ArtDrop

Well that ‪#‎ArtDrop‬ quickly found a home, thanks Louisa. An #ArtDrop painted on a found block of wood, an old piece of floorboard found in a skip. Painted on and hung on Grey Eagle Street, Brick Lane, East London, left there for someone to take should they wish to, and Louisa did…

 

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An #ArtDrop left hanging by an East London railway arch…

An #ArtDrop left hanging by an East London railway arch, there to be taken should someone wish to do so. Someone just suggested (via social media, Twitter should you need to know), that I actually paint it on that beautiful wall. No, I only paint on ugly walls, walls violated by the clutter of life, advertising, posters, signage, not on beautiful living walls like that one, I just “drop” art on walls like that, well carefully hang it with lots of consideration and selection and that is a particularly beautiful wall…

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An Art Drop, left outside to be taken…

 

Last year was about a piece of work in 365 parts called #365ArtDrops, this year it is an art drop here and one there when it feels right and good spot is indeed spotted (I usually have a piece ready in my bag). The documentation on the last year’s #365ArtDrops is still coming together, never enough time to make art let alone write about art already made, must get on with documenting last year’s 365 art drops…

Meanwhile just a Tuesday and a Wednesday to go before the Sometimes They Have Thorns show closes, thanks to all who have come along so far (especially Lola of London)

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Lola Of London in the gallery

 

 

 

I do like it when things like this happen…

Busy working on new shows this week, curator head on, the next Cultivate show is happening in a basement over London N16, a group show called Debaser will open at BSMT space, over in Dalston om Thursday March 24th (busy gathering the artists together right now). The date for 2016 Brick Lane Art Car Boot fair has been announced, 12th June, pleased to say we’ve been inviting to come along and Cultivate once again. 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. Working on a number of art shows and events at the moment, no manifestos, just on with the art…

The One Hundred Pieced Piece

The One Hundred Pieced Piece

“I do enjoy painting the one hundred pieced pieces every year, almost become a fixture for me now, each year I say that will be the last one, but it is always so much fun to paint the hundred pieces. There’s a certain pleasure in making the One Hundred Pieced Painting piece and selling each of the hundred pieces for just £1. I love the fact that parents let their kids buy them and then tell me that its their first bit of art, I love seeing the photos of cardboard pieces stuck behind pipes above cookers on kitchen walls, on bedroom walls, these pieces aren’t precious, but the engagement is, the smiles are, the photos of people with their pieces are precious…. I love being part of the Art Car Boot Fair, I think we all do as artists…. And so we’re excited to see that it is happening again this year and we’re excited to be invited to once again part again. Making, sharing and indeed selling art should be exciting, it should engaging, the Art Car Boot Fair is brilliantly engaging, the Art Car Boot Fair is where art lets his or her hair down and smiles all day, I for one can’t wait….” Read the full piece over  on the Cultivate blog.

#365ArtDrops Part 257

#365ArtDrops Part 257

I do like it when things like this happen…. brilliant!

Last year’s #365ArtDrops piece was very much about engaging, about the people who were finding and taking the pieces, finding out who they were and where the pieces were going. There’s been some great stories, still compiling it all, still finding out about where pieces went and who took them, still compiling and documenting it all. This came in last night via social media and a teacher and artist called Cait Sweeney…

“Hello Sean, I wanted to say how much I’ve enjoyed following your ArtDrops, I run an after school art club for young people (7-11yrs) who are experiencing challenging circumstances. This year we are taking part in Oxfordshire Artweeks, I’ve been showing the group Your ArtDrops work, they liked your idea so much they have been working on their own ‘ArtDrop’ project as part of the Artweeks festival. I hope that’s alright with you, we shall of course flag your name and work up at any given opportunity! In fact we’ve just written an article about it for the local community newspaper Cowley News, citing you as their source of inspiration for the project..Paper comes out in a week or 2, can we post a copy of the article to your page? Best wishes Cait (and the PlaySpacers)”

365_found_oct12I love it when art engages with people, I love open-door galleries that welcome everyone, I detest closed-door galleries that want to engage, I don’t want to sell expensive pieces of art for collectors to lock up in rooms only they go in to, I love that this teacher and these kids have engaged with the drops, I had no idea this was happening until last night, of course this is alright with me, brilliant! Thank you Cait.

yes, still documenting the drops from last year, notes all over the place right now, and photos still coming in, if you have a piece do please take a photo of you with the piece and tell us a little about where you are, there will be a website dedicated to the #365ArtDrops piece sometimes very soon (actually I’d rather like to come out in print form should finance allow).

More clearing of the growth and the old leaves and thorns, this one is now sold. “Sometimes They Have Thorns” – Gold and silver acrylic paint on a found piece of wood, 2015 (48cm x 6cm)

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The moving tale of the #365ArtDrops piece left at Moor Street railway station, Birmingham….

#365ArtDrops part 348

#365ArtDrops part 348

One of the great pleasures of 2015’s year-long #365ArtDrops piece has been the e.mails and social media postings from people who have found pieces. Indeed at the Reveal show at the Fount space last week it was brilliant to meet people we recognised from photos of them with their pieces and hear tales about how they had tracked pieces down (loved the story one guy told us about how he had been after a piece and was on holiday in Turkey when he saw on Faceook I had left one in a phonebox right by his house, by the time he had woken his friend up at 3am and insisted he go look the piece had gone. Pleased to say he got a piece later on) . We’ve got some great photos and tales of where the pieces have got to. The piece of work came to an end on December 31st, pleased to say the photos and tales are still coming in. Several photos of people with their pieces have been posted on social media again today, we’re busy gathering them all up and documenting it all right now…Really wasn’t aware until the conversations in the gallery last weekend just how much time and effort some people were putting in to getting hold of one of the pieces! (felt almost guilty) .

#365ArtDrops part 348, moor Street, Birmingham

#365ArtDrops part 348, moor Street, Birmingham

Most of the time, once a piece had been left, I must confess i feared the worse, surely that one is going to end up in a council worker’s bin and off to landfill?  I’d find myself checking bins and bushes when passing somewhere where we’d previously left a piece (only ever found one in a bin, and hung that one back out there).  Always exciting to see news of a piece and see that it did indeed get picked up by someone.

#365ArtDrops part 348 and the Selfridge building

#365ArtDrops part 348 and the Selfridge building

One of the very last pieces of the 365 was left out on the street in Birmingham just before Christmas, Part 348 was left outside the very pleasant thing that is Moor Street railway station as we were passing though on our journey home for Christmas. The piece had been painted on some found cardboard packaging, I’d put it in my bag as we left London fully intending to leave it at Moor Street (I like Moor Street, the antidote to the hell of New Street). So part 348 was left outside the railway station, we hung around for a few minutes, took some photos, trying to get the Bull Ring in the background, that rather impressive Selfridges building,  maybe a Birmingham bus or two to contrast with the shots of pieces with red London buses in the background.  So the piece was left outside the station, we took the photos and rushed off to catch our connection and get on with the journey. home.. Nothing more was heard of the piece, must have gone in to a street cleaner’s bin, nothing until today that is when a message was found in the Facebook spam bin

#365ArtDrops part 348, Moor Street, Birmingham

#365ArtDrops part 348, Moor Street, Birmingham

Hey Sean Worrall, we would like to wish you a very merry Christmas. And thank you for the lovely picture(348/365) that we’ve found on Moor St, in Birmingham City Centre…All the very best, Alan and Jackie Harley”

Only found the message today (no one checks the spam bin on Facebook do they?), sent Alan and Jackie a reply straight away and thanked them for letting me know along with an apology for only just getting back to them today (today is January 15th, annoyed that I only found it today), Alan replied straight away

“Thank you for your reply Sean. Your gift had the most profound effect upon us both. Can I tell you our story?” Alan replied…. And so here’s the story of what became of part 348 (posted here with Alan and Jackie’s kind permission)

MoorSt_Stn_Florist“Thank you..We’re the florists on Moor St Station, a family run business that we opened in 2010. We have 3 children and raised them with an appreciation of art and nature. At the time you left your gift, we had worked long hours over several weeks due to the festive season. We were flagging come the 23rd and looking forward to the break of the Christmas holiday. We don’t mind the work, it keeps us busy and maybe distracted a little. As bereaved parents we lost one of our children, Jake, that was Xmas 2009..If anyone knew our tastes in art it was him. And…on the morning of the 23rd we got hit in the heart by an old song on the radio, not particularly a Christmas tune..it had us both in tears and the words on that day were more than a little bit powerful. So, we had the words ‘purge the soul’ running through our heads and we smiled at memories and the sentiment.. and, we had some very odd things happen that gave us a strange feeling of coincidence or synchronicity, we’re not particularly the type that see significance in such things. It’s always an emotional time for us though and in some respects the giving and receiving of gifts can be a little bit difficult when there’s someone you can’t do that with..So, I’m having a crafty smoke outside the station and found this little piece of cardboard with a flower in the shape of a heart on it . Now I’m puzzled and amused and looking for the owner..and found your message. I now knew what to do with it, your work, that flower was the most perfect appropriate thing I could have given my wife for Christmas, it was the type of gift Jake would have given her. he was always creative. He was a baker/confectioner, who made sugar flowers and plants with the most delicate hand. We started our business when we were in pain, we love what we do and we arrange flowers for tokens of love, for those who take them for pleasure and often give as a gesture of sympathy or comfort. When we desperately needed comfort we found a little picture painted on cardboard that gave us comfort at a difficult time.That has meant oh so very much to us both. Hope I haven’t rambled on too much, but thought you should know just what happens and how powerful it is when you bring art out to the community and it touches us.. Thanks for your time Sean. All the best my friend”.

Well that one brought a little tear to the eye. Thank you so much for sharing that Alan and Jackie. Rather pleased that Alan found it, I was sure that one had gone in to a street cleaner’s bin. .

#365ArtDrops part 348

#365ArtDrops part 348, Moor Street, Birmingham.

Didn’t really know what to expect when I started this piece back on January 1st 2015, kind of hoped people would engage, but really didn’t expect so many tales and so many pieces traveling so many miles, didn’t expect so many stories, didn’t expect so much emotion from people, there’s been some really special moments, some really great people…

Here’s some more photos people have posted on social media, Mary Spence posted  “My sister Polly Thrasivoulou asked me to look out for a part for her too. Part 324 is on it’s way to South Tottenham it will be residing with a cat called Coco and of course Polly and Dennis”

#365ArtDrops Part 362

#365ArtDrops Part 362

One of the very last pieces was part 362, I left it high up under a railway bridge in Hackney, right outside the venue for the Reveal show, left it on December 31st, it stayed there until January 9th about ten foot up waiting to be noticed.  “On our way to the Reveal show when Aaron Leech spotted this hanging under the bridge outside. A very happy little art fan. 362 from the #365artdrops” ..(thanks Aaron, thanks everyone)

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And just when you thought that was that, these #365ArtDrops photos just landed…

#365Art Drop part 358 claimed

#365Art Drop part 358 claimed

And just when you thought I was going to shut up about what I was doing last year, these photos just in . A big thanks to Mr Nolions Inengland for all his support….

Reveal_jan2016dateAnd a  happy new year everyone, we shall be kicking off another hopefully exciting art year with a show at Fount, a railway arch right by London Fields, Hackney, East London, opens on Thursday evening January 7th. We just sorted out the beer sponsorship so throw those new year resolutions out the window and come help kick things off. We have an exciting line up of artists coming together for it..I’m kind of looking forward to a creative proactive maximalist don’t let the bastards grind you down 2016, bring it all on, time to Reveal

ARTISTS CONFIRMED for Reveal – Caroline Reed, Cecily Baker, Deborah Griffin, Diane Goldie, Emma Harvey, John Lee Bird, Marnie Scarlet, Megan Pickering, Samuel Brzeski, Sarah Sparkes, Sean Worrall, Skeleton Cardboard, ThisOne….

Shoreditch Street Art Tours: “One of the joys of exploring street art this year has been the occasional discovery of free art by Sean Worrall, part of a special ‪#‎365artdrops‬ project he ran throughout 2015 and completed on New Years Eve last night. Guests of the Shoreditch Street Art Tour found three pieces this morning” Read more on the Shoreditch Street Art Tour blog

All photos: Dave Stuart aka NoLionsInEngland

And that was that then, a year carefully dropping 365 painted on things…

 

And that was that, 365 paintings on found things, 365 pieces carefully placed (never dropped), 365 pieces painted, placed, photographed, shared. Thanks to everyone who blogged about it, twittered about it, Facebooked about it (social media has been an important part of all this), thanks to all the people using the hashtag and sending in their photos and their tales.

#365ArtDrops Part 358

#365ArtDrops Part 358

The final part of the piece of work was painted (on a large board) last night as the year came to an end and the fire works went off in East London, it went out, we’ll eave it with a bit of mystery.  A year long piece that started with a spur of the moment idea on a New year’s Day walk and the first part, a piece I just happened to have in my bag, was left out…

#365ArtDrops Part 359

#365ArtDrops Part 359

The final 14 pieces went out yesterday, December 31st. Painted on recycled Christmas gift bags, on pieces of found wood from building site skips, the whole thing is documented via a tumblr feed, photos of all 365 parts of the #365ArtDrops piece

Tumblr feed, January 1st 2016

Tumblr feed, January 1st 2016

A big thanks to everyone who has taken part, sent in photos, blogged, twittered and been part of it throughout a rather rewarding year, been brilliant to see the photos of people with their pieces coming in. We do plan to compile all this in one document at some point… A book maybe? So do please keep all your photos and information flowing in, where have all the pieces gone to? Have you got one? We’d love to know… We saw these three fine people walking along Brick Lane with a piece they had just found, off to Germany we do believe…

#365ArtDrops Part 355 - off to Germany

#365ArtDrops Part 355 – off to Germany

An album of the final parts of the #365ArtDrops, click on an image to enlarge or run the slide show

 

Last day of the year-long #365ArtDrops piece…

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Last day of the year-long #365ArtDrops piece, last parts heading off out to be carefully “dropped” in East London sunshine on the last day of December in the next couple of hours…. all but the very last one…..