Fresh layers, leaves, postcards, secrets…



Sean Worrall – Layers On a Postcard 2/5 (Nov 2017)

There’s a secret postcard show happening in Folkestone this week, it is a secret though, it can’t be mentioned – “Inspired by the long-established RCA show, artists, designers and makers have invited to create new, thought-provoking work in the form of a postcard! Every postcard will be available to purchase for £30 each, with money raised being donated to Folkestone Rainbow Centre’s Winter Shelter, who not only provide shelter during the cold nights, but also work hard to find homes and opportunities to vulnerable people. All of the artworks are anonymous, so there’s always the chance one or two famous artists will sneak something in”. There’s a private View: Thursday 16 November, 5pm – 7pm and then again on Friday 17 November, 5pm – 7pm, the show runs until November 26th at 3 – 7 Tontine Street

Coincidentally, here’s five recently painted postcard sized paintings…



Friday’s unfinished business in Folkestone and the final 10 parts of the latest #43ArtDrop piece…


The final ten parts of the Folkestone #43ArtDrop, Sept 29th 2017

Friday’s unfinished business in Folkestone and the final 10 parts of the #43ArtDrop piece. A piece of work in 43 parts, 43 paintings on found recycled pieces of unwanted wood (and when wood is thrown out leaves will grow), 43 pieces carefully hung, never actually dropped, 43 paintings left in and around Folkestone for people to take should they wish to….


More gardening on this evolving canvas, a found piece of art and…

Fresh layers, new leaves, time for a little more gardening on this evolving canvas today, time to cultivate a fresh layer on this piece of work in progress. Meanwhile underneath this piece of work in progress some more on the drops in Folkestone last Friday….


What price art? – And as I keep saying, the interaction and the use of the hashtag and seeing where the art goes in all part of what these #43ArtDrop pieces are about. Here’s a rather fine photo that appeared via a social media feed on the evening of the art drop around Folkestone and the Folkestone Triennial/Fringe. The drop happened last Friday afternoon, this is a photos of one of the pieces found (thanks Scarlet).  These pieces of work area little more than just sticking a painting in a gallery with a price tag on it, these photos are priceless, love this one. Thanks for taking the time to post the photo, this is what it was about…


There’s a lot more about last Friday’s adventures in Folkestone and exploring the art of the evolving town, lots (and lots) of words and photos via the Organ page –  ORGAN THING: Folkestone is an Art School, exploring the 2017 Triennial and dropping art around the evolving town……


#43ArtDrop, September 2017, Folkestone, Kent. A piece of work in 43 part.s.


a #43ArtDrop, Folkestone


A #43ArtDrop piece, a piece of work in 43 parts, 43 paintings for Folkestone…


#43ArtDrop, September 2017, Folkestone, Kent. A piece of work in 43 part.s.

A #43ArtDrop piece, a piece of work in 43 parts, 43 smaller paintings, this time all painted on small pieces of wood picked up off the street (and if people throw away wood then leaves and layers with grow on that unwanted discarded wood). 43 paintings left hanging in and around the streets of Folkestone, the old town, the Triennial, the Fringe and Bob and Roberta Smith’s “Folkestone is an Art School” pieces. 43 paintings left to to be taken should people with to do so. A #43ArtDrop in Folkestone, September 2017. 43 pieces with hashtags on the back, the #43ArtDrop and the social media interaction is an important part of these pieces…

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Back to the seaside, a #43ArtDrop piece for Folkestone…


A leaf left in East London, April 2017

Another of 2017’s #43ArtDrop pieces. This time, following on from all the fun of the seaside and the Art Car Boot Fair back on the opening Saturday of the 2017 Folkestone Triennial, we return to the Harbour, the old High Street, the Art School and the glorious seaside town with another #43ArtDrop piece.  43 small paintings from Sean Worrall left in and around Folkestone, 43 pieces of art carefully placed, never dropped, always carefully placed, paintings hung on walls, out on the street for people to take should they wish to. 43 Paintings, one piece of work in 43 parts, 43 paintings left hanging around the town on Friday September 22nd for hopefully 43 different people to take and to hopefully post selfie style photos of on their social media using the #43ArtDrop hashtag, the hashtag, the finders and the engagement are an important part of these pieces of work (hopefully it will be 43 people and not one person taking all 43 please). There’s a Facebook event page here should you feel the need to follow events there, or tune in to follow things via Instagram

See you at the seaside, that’s a previous #43ArtDrop piece from earlier this year up there, keep those eyes peeled now… 


Folkestone, the Art Car Boot Fair, the Triennial, the Fringe, Yoko, the goldrush and pieces left around….

folkestone_tri9Sunday Sunday, it has been an interesting week, not much time for sleeping… Yesterday was all about a day trip on the train with bags full of art and a visit to the Folkestone seaside where the Folkestone Triennial as well as the Folkestone Fringe are currently taking place. The Fringe yesterday included the third and final Art Car Boot Fair of the year (Brick Lane, East London and Liverpool being the first two parts of this year’s Art Car Boot Fair adventure). A mad early morning rush out of London, bags and rucksacks heavy with art, seaside treats in store, catch the train, get out of the city… Been looking forward to this one, the on-line tasters, the programme promises and advance videos from both the Triennial and the Fringe have had us anticipating and the Art Car Boot Fair is always a pleasure to be part of.

evh_folk8There’s an ITV news video here that gives you a flavour of the event that is the Art Car Boot Fair. People lined up along the harbour waiting to get in at midday, excitement in the air, artists frantically getting their boots ready (the event is sponsored by Vauxhall, they gave us the same blue car they gave us in Liverpool to use as a “boot”), personally I was lusting after one of the old ones, but hey, they gave us a fancy modern blue one (for the day)

Tracey Emin was the main headline of couse, well alongside Sir Peter Blake and Gavin Turk and such – “Her work is usually sold in galleries fetching thousands, if not millions, of pounds. But today Margate’s Tracey Emim was among many high-profile artists selling their work at a car boot sale as part of the Triennial in Folkestone. Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to artists Jim Moir, Gavin Turk, Julia Riddiough and organiser of the Art Car Boot Fair, Karen Ashton”. .Tracey was there by the way, just not while the reporter and cameras were.

We were there as Cultivate, we this time being myself, Emma Harvey and Quiet British Accent as well as Folkestone painter Tim Skinner (well it would have been rude to take Cultivate to Folkestone without inviting a local painter to come get involved and Tim is one of our favourite painters)

folkestone_tri17A day of seaside treats then, not sure where the Triennial ends and the Fringe starts (and not sure if it matters), but we can report that Folkestone is a town alive with art and a town that looks, on first impression, to be a town regenerating itself in the right way There a buzz provided by the art, a buzz that’s there from the moment you get off the train and encounter the big Yoko One Earth Peace billboard. The goldrush is helping of course, people engaging and mostly having lots of fun digging on the beach (seems to be a lot of ska around the place as well), we liked Folkestone and out day of seaside treats.

folkestone_tri62This not a review, this is not a piece of critical artistic analysis of the opening weekend of events (that might just come along later), these are just some photos of my day, our day, by the seaside taking part in the Art Car Boot Fair and the Fringe, leaving art around the town (pleased to see people twittering about finding it) and enjoying being artists.

Some photos of the day then, photos from the Cultivate “boot” at the Folkestone Art Car Boot Fair, a flavour of the Fringe and the Triennial as well as more of my art drops around town – pieces painted on recycled cardboard found on the street and put back out on the street. Enjoy the photos, click on one to enlarge it or run the whole slideshow

Thanks for a great day Folkestone, we shall be back soon if you’ll have us, it was indeed a much needed seaside treat (Sean)


Photo credits – EH, QBA, SW

There’s more photos from the weekend, the art of other people at the Art Car Boot Fair and such over on the Organ pages.


No sleep ’till Folkestone… Art Car Boot Fair part three…

Painting on found things

Painting on found things

Part three of the 2014 ART CAR BOOT FAIR and what feels like the last bit of summer adventure takes us to FOLKSTONE as part of the FOLKSTONE TRIENNIAL or is it the FOLKESTONE FRINGE at the Triennial?  Fringe or centre parting, whatever it is we’re at the seaside on the opening day of Folkestone’s Triennial on Saturday August 30th (Midday until late afternoon, they say 4pm, but if there’s things to paint we’ll stick around).  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.

Liverpool was refreshing, getting out of East London now and again is good, painting in things no one wants and leaving them there is good for the soul or good for something like that.  Five days until Folkstone and the end of summer…..

The One Pieced Vinyl Piece (2014)

The One Pieced Vinyl Piece (2014)

Here’s the artist list in the order the Art Car Boot Fair put them in;  “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, 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!”

Things painted on and left at the Liverpool Art Car Boot Fair

Things painted on and left at the Liverpool Art Car Boot Fair

I expect to mostly be painting on things I find down there, putting each piece on sale at anything from £1 upwards, I expect anything that doesn’t sell will be put back on the beach or left in the car park or given away at the end of the event.  I expect I shall also have some already painted small canvas pieces, painted pieces of vinyl and such, I expect I shall spend the rest of the week productively creating things but then there is Cultivate to attend to and artists to gather together and events to cook up and it may just be time to declutter and free myself from time-eater that is Cultivate….

If you’re coming to Folkestone, you could always bring something for me to paint a leafheart on for you…..