Found a piece of wood lying on the ground on Emma Street…

Found a piece of wood lying on the ground on Emma Street, here in Hackney, a piece of wood can’t be left, it can’t just go into landfill (maybe it still will in the end?). a piece of wood found and painted on….


“Emma Street Again” (May 2018), Acrylic, brushwork, spraypaint, gloss varnish on wood, 51x12x2cm.

“Emma Street Again” (May 2018), fresh layers, new growth, a painting on a piece of wood found lying on Emma Street, Hackney, East London. For when a piece of wood is thrown out leaves and layers (and starz) will grow on it it. Acrylic, brushwork, spraypaint, gloss varnish on wood, 51cm x 12cm x 2cm.


“Emma Street Again” (May 2018), Acrylic, brushwork, spraypaint, gloss varnish on wood, 51x12x2cm (detail) 



Parking bay 43, Liverpool….

Someone asked about this photo and where it was and what was going on. Left this piece in a car park in Liverpool last year, well painted it in the car park when we arrived there and immediately looked for things to paint on, and then left it there at the end of the event (Liverpool leg of last year’s Art Car Boot Fair). Garvin Turk parked his mummified car next to it… the fact that the piece was left in bay 43 was no accident….

A 43, Liverpool

A 43, Liverpool

Last year it was about car parks, this year is about dropping things…

Last year it was about car parks, no car fumes this year, this year is about dropping things not repeating things, this year is hanging things on street walls. #365ArtDrops part 265 goes out today, ninety-nine more to go before this year-long piece of art ends…  .

SEAN WORRALL - "EMMA STREET" (A London carpark 2014)


So Wednesday afternoon was spent with my Organ hat on. Organ has been around in one for or another since the mid 80’s, myself and my Animating partner in crime Marina, started it back in the days when an electric typewriter was a luxury and the notion of a world-wide web was pure science fiction. Organ has been a handmade screen-printed zine, a glossy magazine, a pasted up news-sheet, issue seven was printed on a t-shirt, number 14 recorded on cassette that came in hand-made covers. Organ has been a radio show, a television show (proper one mind you, on your proper late-night TV, not some internet thing), these days Organ is mostly a blog, a daily blog read by thousands, just a blog though, and on Wednesday, on went the Organ hat on and an invitation to go explore the Frieze Art Fair was accepted. Was it any good? Here’s a bag loads of words and photos –  ORGAN goes to Frieze


A Liverpool carpark 2014

A warehouse in London Fields, E8

A warehouse in London Fields, E8


Play, #365ArtDrops, more railway bridges, more left by the canal, more, more…

The corner of that warehouse from a couple of weeks back, a beautiful space to curate and show these four pieces in. The wooden piece “Emma Street” has now been sold, the Play show, I think we can say, went rather well…

play_sat4xplay_others1Meanwhile part 125 of the on going #365ArtDrops piece was painted on a found piece of wood and left hanging in the evening light down by the Regent’s Canal, Victoria Park, East London. Part 126 was painted on a found paper bag and left hanging underneath an East London railway bridge…..

“EMMA STREET, E2” installed…

“EMMA STREET, E2” installed down underground on level -3, QPark Underground car park, Cavendish Square, London W1 for the WE COULD NOT AGREE that opens this coming Monday October 13th (for Frieze week).

Why is the piece called Emma Street E2? Because the original hinged together wooden screen was found last month on a pile of thrown out rubbish thrown against a wall in Emma Street, Hackney, London, E2. Piece of leaf growth have been appearing on the beautifully weathered pieces of wood over the last month, some intense growing and cultivating of leaves on the piece that is now standing on a packing case and installed in the car park in central London. The evolution of the piece is documented further down this blog, I expect it will continue to evolve after this show, a piece is never finished until someone takes it away.

The opening night of the We Could not Agree Car Park show is 6pm to 9pm on Monday 13th october and then the show runs daily from Tuesday 14th Oct until Sunday 19th October at QPark Cr park, Level -3, Cavandish Square, London W1.

EMMA STREET, E2 – The continuing growth on a found piece….

“EMMA STREET, E2″ WORK IN PROGRESS (left in the studio while things to grow on it part 2) – The continuing growth on a found piece. Four pieces of weathered hinged wood found on a pile of rubbish on Emma Street, London E2 and left here for leaves to grow on (September/October 2014). Enough growth on it now for it to go to the car park tomorrow, I think we can agree on that…

This coming week, I think we’re agreed on We Could Not Agree…..

whatprice19Cultivate, in terms of Vyner Street at least, closed last Sunday afternoon, a mostly positive three and a bit year experience, time for it to end though. Vyner Street was tire of me and me of it, I wrote a goodbye letter and left on the Cultivate blog page, well I couldn’t just leave without saying something – Dear Vyner Street, we’ve had a great time, it really isn’t you, it’s me, it really is, I’ll be back in five minutes…… and, for the avoidance of doubt, some more words here, The final Vyner Street weekend and an album of First Thursday images I did enjoy it, I really did, I think we’ll miss some of it, I really hope the next people don’t mess that space up, takes a lot of time and effort, three and a bit years really was enough. Enough or herding artists and shouting at the lazy arts media for a bit, enough of the frustration of Vyner Street. I did have a final say on a Facebook page called Vyner Street Art News that I ran (until this week) in an attempt to bring a bit of unity to the street

Cultivate, Vyner Street

Cultivate, Vyner Street

“This page was run by Cultivate, Vyner Street in the (foolish?) belief that Vyner Street was/is about a community of galleries, studios and art spaces and that people came (come?) to the street to experience the whole rather than just one part of it. The fact that it was about community and people coming for the whole thing wasn’t something the rest of the spaces appeared to understand or care about, happy to hide behind closed (often locked) unwelcoming sign-less doors that would miraculously open in a bout of self-congratulation on a First Thursday before closing again. There are still some great art spaces and galleries in and around the street, we wish them well, and hope they keep the special street that we’ve been pleased to be part of as a gallery for the last three years (and much longer as artists) going. just a shame that the other galleries didn’t appreciate what they had (have) a little more, didn’t engage a little more, open their doors a little more…. We leave you now, big thanks to everyone who came down the street while we were there. We shall leave this page here, we won’t have news of the street for you anymore, we’re not in the street anymore, not there directing people and passing out information from our corner (yes, that one is open, yes that big black door with no information is a gallery and yes it is open if you ring the bell)… We loved it, we’re pleased we did it, we were pleased to be part of something special and we’re pleased to be moving on to new things. We wish everyone in the street well, especially the new occupants of the corner space that was Cultivate from September 2011 until October 2014.. We hope this page has been useful. Thanks everyone, we (mostly) had a great time. Art should engage, not hide behind locked doors”.

Enough of Vyner Street for now, the street was good to us, I’ve no wish to kick the place Nettie Horn style (whatever did become of Nettie anyway? Went to Fitzrovia in a blaze of street-kicking glory fueled by a pet journalist who had no clue and rather went broke you say). We mostly had a great time, wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

Really didn’t intend to come here for a Vyner Street post-mortem, it was only one chapter in theon-going Cultivate adventure that we’re currently on.  Today car parks are the things occupying minds around here for we are only days away from We Could Not Agree. What’s that? There’s an Organ interview-peppered preview feature here –

ORGAN THING: “We are a challenge to Frieze because in many ways we don’t exist…” Vanya Balogh on next week’s We Could Not Agree art show in a car park

we couldnot_narrow –  and yes, I am one of the exhibiting artists, this piece is still being worked on, a piece called Emma Street, involving some beautifully worn hinged wood rescued from a pile of discarded on Emma Street, East London that currently has a growth developing on it…

EMMA STREET - work in progress

EMMA STREET – work in progress