“If You Throw It Out The leaves Will Grow”, last week at Hackney WickEd…


An installation at the Inside Out show, Here East, Hackney Wicked 2017

One week on from the opening of that Here East show and everything that went with it over the weekend at Hackney Wicked last week. There’s plenty of conflicted thought, words, turmoil, fractured photos and long pieces in terms of the show and the whole weekend to be explored over on the Organ pages, the plight of Hackney Wick and the community there is something very emotive, The Organ is the place for more of what happened during the WickEd weekend, including a word or two from the opening night of Inside Out. This page is about the actual art – although the  art and the emotion of what is happening in Hackney Wick right now can’t really be divorced –  – the actual art and the notion of leaves and fresh layers growing on the things we throw out, the old unwanted frames, the pieces of wood, the beer bottles and pieces of astroturf, the books, the pieces of wood picked up from outside the building, and the canvas found in skips as studios are emptied and closed by the arrogant developers.

The installation at the Inside Out show (curated by Gavin Turk and Anna Maloney) was called “If You Throw It Out The leaves Will Grow”, it consisted of several recent paintings and leaves (tags if you wish) on found objects including a piece of red fabric from the Neo Naturists show at the ICA last year very diliberately places within the pice alongside several beer bottles drawn on as the opening night evolved and people threw them away – if you throw them away then leaves will grow     And there may have been a bit of leaf growth elsewhere around the Wick….

Clcik on an image to enlarge or to run the slide show (lots more photos of the night on the Organ page)




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….

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

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…..





White walls, white cars, trains to Lime Street (and back), no sleep ’till Fulham

Art Car Boot Fair, Liverpool - glorious walls...

Art Car Boot Fair, Liverpool – glorious walls…

No sleep ’till Fulham…. More about Fulham later….  Brick Lane, Bethnal Green, Liverpool, Fulham, Hoxton Square, Fokstone…  sleep is not a serious option.  yesterday was the Liverpool Biennial leg of the Art Car Boot Fair – there’s three Art Car Boot Fair events this year – the original fair at Brick Lane (East London) and this year an event in Liverpool followed by a third as part of the Folkstone Triennial  at the end of August (hopefully not the end of summer).

Fulham next,  this Thursday – BIG DEAL! MARVELOUS MIX UPS X1 at LOUD AND WESTERN  – Loud & Western Building, 59-65 Broughton Road, Fulham, London, SW6 2LE.   A show curated by Vanya BALOGH & Danny POCKETS,  a group exhibition that open with a private view on July 10th and then runs from July11th until the 25th July (open daily from 12pm until 6pm). I shall be exhibiting a floor-based sculptural piece featuring a number of recent found and painted objects – the radiator, packing cases… that’s on Thursday though, today in Sunday, we’ll think about Fulham on Monday, today we’re coming down from Liverpool yesterday. 

artcarbootliverpool34Out on the early train, Euston to Lime Street, there in time for a morning set up, there’s a whole load of photos and such on the Organ pages “Second leg of this year’s Art Car Boot Fair happened yesterday as part of the Liverpool Biennial. it happened in a rather atmospheric car park (beautiful walls to hang art on) in Wolstenholm Square, next door to the Cream (under the shadow of Cuban sculptor Jorge Pardo’s Penelope, a large piece in the middle of the square).  Early train our of Euston, bags of art and off to Lime Street and a day in (very) sunny Liverpool, Cultivate goes to Liverpool.    Here come some photos 

So anyway, Liverpool Art Car Boot Fair, inside so no sun-rays melting the painting vinyl, glorious walls to hang leafhearted canvas on, pieces of wood dragged in and painted on,then left in the car park (for Gavin Turk to park by)



Left it there, the na long came Gavin Turk to park his car…