The Columbia Road takeover goes on, meanwhile pure has nothing to do with clean or the Brian Jonestown Massacre and who cares about artists disagreeing about the temperament of artists? More shows this Friday and through the weekend…



Paintings at Shipton Street Gallery 

Part three of the on-going six week Columbia Road takeover kicks in this weekend with Maybe I Didn’t See It First, But I’m The One Who Wants It Worse at Shipton Street Gallery here in East London, meanwhile on Friday evening there’s an opening up in Clapton, just beyond the other end of Hackney, at Angus Hughes Gallery, more detail on the other side of that piece of record company paperwork there…


“Who Cares?”,A piece quickly painted this morning, painted on an old bit of paperwork from the last century when I was silly enough to sign the Brian Jonestown Massacre back when I was stupidly running a record label and caring more about other people’s music than I did about my own art. Just delivered the piece to the Angus Hughes Gallery up in Clapton, East London where Paul Sakoilsky and Cederic Christie have show called Pure Has Nothing To Do With Clean where the two artists are disagreeing about the temperament of artists. The two of them have invited a number of artists to respond, the show opens tomorrow night… Who cares? Who cares about artists? Who cares if artists care? Why should anyone care? Who cares if two artists are arguing? Who cares what artists think?


‘PURE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CLEAN’, Cedric Christie & Paul Sakoilsky are creating an exhibition based around a conversation Paul had at a…. “For the exhibition at Angus-Hughes Gallery, Paul Sakoilsky & Cedric Christie are disagreeing about the temperament of artists in this present time. What does it mean to be permanent and what it means to be in flux. The pros and cons of these positions. Cedric says ‘You’re permanent when you’re dead, you don’t move a lot.’ And Paul would like to know where he is going to be tomorrow. Both of these positions hold a particular energy in which work is made – an inquiring as to whether one is at the end or the beginning. The exhibition is based around that statement”, A number of artists have been invited to respond… the show opens on Friday evening, Friday October 12th at Angus-Hughes Gallery, 26 Lower Clapton Road, London, E5 0PD The show is open Thursday to Sunday 12-6pm, or by appointment, there’s a Kunst Clown Performance happening on 19th October 6-8 pm. and an artist talk 4pm and Finissage 5-7pm Sunday 28th Oct. Anton once threaten to shoot me, he made the threat on stage at SxSW, so far he hasn’t carried out the threat. The last time I painted a heart, it was for the cover of the BJM single, I don’t think I’ve painted a heart in this century, although others insist that’s all I ever paint. More details of Pure Has Nothing To Do With Clean via the Facebook event page


James Bell on the plinth at Shipton Street 

Meanwhile the Cultivate Columbia Road takeover goes on this weekend at Shipton Street Gallery, with Part Three and a slight evolving of the work on the walls, a final chance to see those Emma Harvey Riot Grrrl paintings as well as a last look at some of the recent star paintings of mine before we complete change things over for Part four and the final two weeks of the residency down there by the flower market, part four opens on Thursday evening, Thursday October 18th. The Sundays have been brilliant down there, all kinds of interesting people dropping in as they head to the flower market, we’ve been letting it spontaneously flow, we love a space that attracts more than just the already aware art crowd, we’ve had some great conversations down on Shipton Street. Every gallery or space you work in brings different people and different tales, i must you about Mrs Thatcher’s old butler who came in last week..



The 2017 One Hundred Pieced Piece for this year’s Art Car Boot Fair….


The 2017 One Hundred Pieced Piece

It has now become quite a tradition to produce a One Hundred Pieced Piece for the London leg of the Art Car Boot Fair.  A piece of work in one hundred parts, one hundred rather fast pop art flavoured paintings painted on recycled cardboard, each part of the piece for sale at just £1, and that is a very important part of the piece, the notion of art for everyone, that an original piece of art can be bought by anyone at the fair (I did get haggled down to 50p last year by one young lad who claimed he only had £1 left) and that material thrown away and heading for landfill should be re-used. And really if people are just going to throw things away without too much thought then leaves will grow on those thrown away things.

The Art Car Boot Fair happens this Sunday, this year in Vauxhall and not in Brick Lane, (don’t be going to Brick Lane).



The 2017 Art Car Boot Fair is almost upon us, and as I’ve said on these pages before, always one of the highlights of our art year, Sunday 9th July is the date, Whitgift Street, Vauxhall, London, SE11 is the place so don’t be making for Brick Lane this year, Vauxhall is the place (which is good news for regular event sponsors Vauxhall cars)

And as a participating artist it is always an exciting pleasure to be invited to take part in the Art Car Boot Fair. This is the day when art lets down his or her hair (still wonder if art is a he or a she?), always one of the highlights of the London art Calendar, and this year things are to be a little bit re-booted. The theme is “Originals” and there’s an exciting new venue down by the Newport Street gallery in Vauxhall.   This year sees a return to the event being more about the actual artists than galleries and the rule is that all the artists will be there in their car boots there to talk to and should you wish to, buy art from them, then please do….


The 2017 One Hundred Pieced Piece

Karen Ashton, Founder of the Art Car Boot Fair says, “As well as bringing an original line-up to our new location in Vauxhall, we’ll also be drawing on all the talents our exciting new locale has to offer.”

“We’re right at the centre of Vauxhall’s burgeoning creative quarter with a fantastic array of galleries, pop-ups, and established gems like the Vauxhall City Farm, MI6, Beaconsfield Gallery and the Royal Vauxhall Tavern – so expect guys and spies, plus the odd Llama and lots of cool art in the mix this year! We’re also hoping for a guest appearance and contribution from the owner of the Newport Street Gallery. A special thanks to our new hosts U+I and The Workshop.”


2016 100 PIECED PIECE….

The Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair takes place on Sunday 9th July at the Workshop, by Newport Street Gallery, Whitgift Street, London SE11 between 12-6pm. Entry is priced at £5.

The full list of artists as announced by the Art Car Boot Fair reads as followS: Sir Peter Blake, Gavin Turk, Mat Collishaw, Geraldine Swayne, Bob & Roberta Smith, Polly Morgan, Rachel Howard, Pam Hogg, Marcus Harvey, Vic Reeves, Kristjana S Williams, Tracey Neuls, Keith Coventry, Ian Dawson, Jane Simpson. Charming Baker, Jessica Voorsanger, Ben Eine, Camille Phoenix, ARTourist with Alice Herrick, Rachel Megawhat and Jeffrey Louis Reed, Nina Fowler, Paul Kindersley, Robert Rubbish, Keeler Tornero, Sophy Rickett, Jason Gibilaro, Misha, Richard Clegg, Barry Reigate, Jake Clarke, Carrie Reichardt, Schoony, Pure Evil, Holly Allan, Christian Furr, Original Sinners with Marie–Teresa Gavazzi, India Roper-Evans and Julia Maddison, Paul Sakoilsky, Trolley, Wilma Johnson, The Binnie Sisters, Renaissance Selfies, Bumble & Earwig, X Ray Fog, Kate Knight, James Joyce, James Unsworth, Amelia Troubridge, Carla Borel, Mr Bingo, Tony Beaver, Laura New, Colin Self, Christopher Baxter, Keeler Tornero, Joseph Gibson, Helen Pritchard, Edy Ferguson, Oliver Guy Watkins, Ivan Black, Darren Coffield, Jessica Albarn, David J Batchelor, Dylan Thomas Book Bus, Wildcat Will, Sophy Rickett, Bip Ling, Stephanie Carlton-Smith, Jessica Wilson, Silvia Ziranek, Cullinan & Richards, Cliff Pearcey, David Fenwick, Marty Thornton, Mark Jones, Kelly-Ann Davitt, Paul Hodgson, Dion Kitson, Meanmail, MLBennetDesign, Bethnal Green Working Mens Club, Charlie Evaristo Boyce.

Special single artists presentations from Artlyst, Art on a Postcard with Harland Miller, True Rocks with Bip Ling, House of Fairytales with Ian Dawson, The Idler, Cob Gallery, Moniker with Ben Eine, Insititute of Imagination, Turps Banana & Alumni . Other Criteria & Newport Street Gallery with Helen Beard & Harland Miller . Beaconsfield with Seb Patane. Worton Hall Studios with Bruce McLean .Newport Street Gallery . Alteria Arts with John Isaacs & Jake & Dinos Chapman . Jealous Gallery with Charming Baker. Resort . Flying Leaps with Inkflood’s Robert Clarke and the inimitable Dr D. Outside World. Cultivate with Sean Worrall, Emma Harvey and Quiet British Accent . The Amorist . KIN ART with RYCA & Swifty . Smithson Gallery. L-13 with Billy Childish and MANGeL PrESS.  PLUS Black Cow Vodka Bar . Counter . Bean About Town . Vout-O-Reenees Bar . Vintage Vauxhall Market with Mark Hill, Retrouvius, The Brocant Boys and many more besides….

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

This weekend it was off to the seaside….

Busy times, maximalist, I like it like that, don’t get the idea of a holiday or the concept of time off, art makes me feel alive, making art, sharing art, showing art, engaging. Last week is was On The Brink in the woods out in Leytonstone, that and the industrial reality of Clare Street and that Displacement show here in East London, this weekend it was off to the seaside and Hastings and the pleasure that is the Art Car Boot Fair, seaside treats indeed…..



There’s a review, lots of photos and flavours over on the Organ pages, I’ll repeat the words here,  if you want the photos of the day, the other artists and the rest then please do head over to the Organ pages, the Organ words are re-posted here with photos of just my part in the day, do explore the rest though, it was a fine day….


Hastings then, off to the seaside for the second leg of this year’s always keenly anticipated Art Car Boot Fair adventure. The tradition now is to follow the main event down East London’s Brick Lane with an Art Car Boot Fair day trip, in past years the destination has been to take part in the Biennial at Liverpool, the sea front at Margate, the key Folkestone, the opening of Olympic Park in London, this year it we were off to the East Sussex coast and (hopefully) the sunshine of the Hastings seafront. Off on the first train out of Victoria, (encounter onrushing members of the MCC coming the other way, correct tie, stripes just right, must get that seat, straw hats and the third day of Lord’s test match). We’re off out of the city, off South East, off for a Sussex adventure, off to the seaside. Off on the train, escaping the city, rushing through green fields, galloping through the morning sunshine, the clouds are gone, warmth on our faces, we’re feeling hopeful, is summer finally here? Past the Longman of Wilmington, head past Easbourne and out along the coast, train full of people heading for the same destination as is, sea almost lashing as we head through St Leonards. Southern Rail running on time, off to the seaside and the sunshine with big (big) bags loaded full of art, off to meet the rest of the Cultivate team and the big cast of contributing artists. .



The Hastings leg of the Art Car Boot Fair is taking place on the seafront in a big car park right by Jerwood Gallery, in amoungst the fish and chip shops, the fun fair rides, the miniature railway, the beached fishing trawlers, the gloriously rusting tractors, splendid tall thin black wooden fishermen’s net workshops (unique to Hastings and apparently saved from the destructive onslaught of property developers that ended in a riot back in 1824. And of course in amoungst the the millions of bold seagulls (pretty clear who runs this town, you don’t mess with the gulls!).



We’ve documented the Art Car boot Fair and the pleasure of being a part of it before on these pages, Margate last year was a little bit more than an hot dog, Brick Lane this year was fun even if we did have to battle the wind and the rain. We really needed that sunshine yesterday, we really needed the summer to finally arrive, been a tough year so far. Hastings was glorious, the weather was glorious, the old fishing town welcomed us with open arms, the people lined-up to get in (and yes, rush for the big name grab first), heads got burnt, ice creams licked, smiles on faces. Bands played, The Band Of Holy Joy adding their own style to the dramatic Hastings backdrop, Martin Creed and his band adding their uniquely shambolic lo-fi whit in that positively charged artpunk way they do, Geraldine Swain, she curently of Faust with Yumi Hara and various kraut rock flavoured musicians . A day of art and colour and music and smiles and sunshine and sales, oh yes, it always nice to sell a piece or two, a lot of time and effort goes in to everyone’s art (and those train tickets aren’t cheap either).



New artists mixing with familiar faces, interaction mingling with pop art, prints with people, paint with performance. Wildcat Will all glittery and punk rock with hid Warhol soup in the boot next to us, Sir Peter Blake was a gent as usual, John Copper Clarke with a print featuring his Evidentally Chickentown lyrics, Emin International causing their usual fuss, was Tracey there? Not sure, as we said when we wrote about Brick Lane a few weeks ago, you don’t get to see everything when you’re an artist in your “boot” taking part. People come along and tell you what’s happening over there and have you seen this or that? You see someone passing with an exciting bit of art and wonder about who might have made it? Picking out names isn’t what the Art Car Boot Fair is about, connecting with new things, new art, fresh art and the pleasure of artists and public engaging with each other, the engagement is really where the pleasure of the Art Car Boot Fair lies. Art and smiles (and classic Vauxhall cars), we had a great time in Hastings, we had another great art adventure courtesy of the Art Car Boot Fair, what more do we need to say? Excellent day, seaside treats indeed, back home with bags not so big and heavy, back to the city of a train packed with very (very) loud London-bound danceheads high on even more excitement than we started our day with, excellent time, thank you Hastings, we had a wonderful time, we love being part of the Art Car Boot fair, art with an ice cream and a smile, thanks everyone, (SW) .

Harvey and Worrall and those two floors alive with treasure…

Wall And Jones, on the very busy Hackney Road, an old tailor’s shop on a street corner (just over the street from Hackney City Farm and a stone’s throw from Colombia Road Flower Market). The two floors of the old shop has been the home of a small collective of rather strong designers for the last three or four years now. The place always looks good, the space is always alive with colour, with Victorian treasure, with vintage textiles cleverly fashioned, wonderfully fashioned, alive with handmade jewelry, with dressmaking, with wall hangings, giant flags and all kinds of found pieces of, well there is no other word than treasure, the two floors are alive with treasure.


We’ve been wanting to get in here and do something for ages, Emma Harvey and myself that is, Harvey and Worrall at Wall and Jones . The designers work in the space as well as well exhIbit and sell theIr work over the two floors. There’s three of them, brilliantly creative dressmaker Ali Jones (she uses her found fabric so gloriously well), and exquisite jewelry makers Halo Jones and Rosita Bonita (the two of them, indeed the three of them, compliment each other so deliciously well), the three of them in a brilliant “old tailor’s shop that has been transformed into a cabinet of curiosities, housing the two designers’ latest collections in an aesthetic of Victorian tatter”.  


Harvey and I had been wanting to get in here and do something from the moment curiosity dragged us both through the inviting door, and this weekend we got to.  Wall and Jones did offer to clear some space, but no, what we wanted to do was almost hide our pieces of canvas and such in there to be discovered in there with the almost forgotten objects and the vintage artifacts, the textures and the textiles, the colours and the hats and the old suit cases and the distressed frames and faded hats reborn and the postcards and flags and flowers and jewels…


The show was to happen over a weekend, a Friday opening followed by a Saturday (today) and a Sunday (tomorrow), a collection of recent artworks from the two of us in the cabinet of curiosities that is so so alive already.  Harvey’s circles, be them paintings, old 78 records in freshly painted sleeves, red-stitch embroidery, Worrall’s thorns and leaves and recent layers of growth. We’re half way through now and loving the reactions of people exploring the space and finding all kinds of treasure (and some of the art).  The exhibition ends at 6pm on Sunday, May 29th, do let curiosity allow you in should you be passing…   .  

Click on an image to enlarge and run the slide show, I’m sure you can work out which pieces are Harvey’s, which pieces Worrall and indeed which pieces were there already…. . 


The place is a two floor treasure chest of colour and creativity….

wall_preview3The Harvey & Worrall exhibition at Wall & Jones opens this coming Friday evening, the space is alive with colour, with fabric, textiles, creativity, two floors for Emma Harvey and myself to hang work around. It looked wonderful today in there when I dropped in, none of our art in there yet, not hanging until Friday morning. Wall and Jones excites me, the place is a two floor treasure chest of colour and creativity, hanging art in alternative spaces is always exciting – under railway bridges, in condemned warehouses, and in the case in old tailors shops alive with dressmakers and their fabrics…

The Sometimes They Have Thorns piece there is painted in an old frame found in the corner of an East London Junk shop, it took a lOt of cleaning and the yellowing religious print had to be removed, the glass has cleaned up nicely and the frame has all kind of scars, I like that, I like that it has the marks left from hanging in an East End house, there’s an address on the back, I assume the address is where it came from, I like it when a piece has some history.    The piece measures 35cm x 105cm, it will be one of around 25 pieces of mine that will e hanging in the Wall and Jones space over the weekend  There are some images of some of the work in progress to view right there… Please click on an images to enlarge or run the slide show

Harvey and Worrall at Wall and Jones, opening this Friday evening…

Wall and Jones

Wall and Jones

This week Cultivate continues roaming around and popping up in all kinds of interesting places and spaces. Following on from recent Cultivate shows at BSMT Space and that Fount railway arch adventure, as well as that 43 minute thing under the railway bridge, this week we take ourselves over to a treasure chest of a two floor space here in East London .
Wall and Jones

Wall and Jones

The week of the Harvey And Worrall take over of the beautiful Wall and Jones space is upon us. Well not so much a take over as a fitting in alongside all the treasure that’s already in that wonderful space.
Sean Worrall

Sean Worrall


Wall and Jones is a former tailors shop on the main Hackney Road, London E2, (directly over the road from the Hackney City Farm on he boarders of Broadway Market and Columbia Road Flower Market). Emma and I shall be presenting some recent paintings and pieces alongside all the colourful fabric, the dressmaking, the handmade jewellery that’s produced in the glorious space, all the vintage treasure, the Edwardian pop art, the velvet, the silk, the sewing machines and the Victoriana. Come find out paintings hanging in and around the two floors of treasure next weekend. We’re rather excited about this one, something a little different rather than another white wall…


We open on Friday evening, 27th May, 6pm until 8pm and we run over the weekend, 11am until 6pm on Saturday and Sunday 28th/29th May. Everyone is welcome…
Click on an image to get a flavour or to run the slide show….