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….

Harvey &Worrall at Wall & Jones

wallandjones_may2016Emma Harvey and Sean Worrall present a collection of paintings in and around the treasure to be found within Wall & Jones.

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

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