'A FETE WORSE THAN DEATH 2014 

19. Jul - 30. Jul 14 / ended Red Gallery

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Darren Coffield

Darren Coffield


'A FETE WORSE THAN DEATH' 2014

BLACKMAILING FACILITIES! LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRTS BY GAVIN TURK! ARTIST’S STALLS! LIVE ENTERTAINMENT! A BETTER WOOLWORTHS! CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITON! FACTUAL NONSENSE! HIGH VELOCITY PORTRAITS! TOMBOLA! FUNGARIUM! LIMBO COMPETITIONS! ARTWORK TO TAKE AWAY, OR THROW AWAY! GIANT BUBBLES! PIN THE TIARA! ANARCHIC CERAMICS! MYSTERIOUS MAGIC! WHITE ELEPHANT! POP UP COLLEGE! FORTUNE TELLING! LIVE BRONZE CASTING! ANTHROPOMORPHIC VEGETABLES…AND MUCH MUCH MORE!

Saturday 19th July 2014: the western half of Rivington Street EC2A will be transformed into a village fete with a twist for this will be ‘A Fete Worse Than Death’. Emerging and established artists bring their own unique contributions to the notion of a village fete and celebrate an important anniversary, which transformed the cultural landscape of Hoxton and Shoreditch.

‘HYBRID “POP CULTURE” EXTRAVAGANZA’

‘A Fete Worse than Death’, was an anarchic swipe at the notion of a traditional village fete staged in Shoreditch in the summer of 1993. Several artists including Gavin Turk, Gillian Wearing, Mat Collishaw, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas and Gary Hume manned stalls selling art and provided entertainment, Damien Hirst and Angus Fairhurst dressed as clowns and produced the first spin paintings at the fete (on sale for £1). In 1994, at his second ‘A Fete Worse Than Death’, which brought 4000 visitors to an area most people never knew existed, Compston encouraged ‘organised starry-eyed liberation’ whilst allowing anyone the opportunity to experience ‘art of all denominations’.

The 20th anniversary exhibition of ‘A Fete Worse Than Death’ hosted by Red Gallery, is allowing artists the chance to reclaim the area for a day whilst giving the public a rare opportunity to see and buy early artworks made by the YBA’s before they were famous. There will be a contemporary art exhibition of emerging and established artists connected to the area over the past 20 years as well as original memorabilia from the Fete & Factual Nonsense gallery – sold in aid of the Joshua Compston memorial fund and assisting in raising money for a memorial to be erected in Hoxton Square.

The Fete will run from 12-8pm on Rivington Street on 19th July 2014 with stalls & live performances from noon until midnight in the Red Market & Gallery. The exhibition will continue at the gallery until 31st July 2014. There will be a special evening reception with guest speakers at the Red Gallery on 30th July, to mark the actual day of the 20th anniversary of the Fete.

The 20th anniversary exhibition of ‘A Fete Worse Than Death’ hosted by Red Gallery, will allow artists the chance to reclaim the area for a day whilst giving the public a rare opportunity to see and buy early artworks made by the YBA’s before they were famous. There will be a painting by Gary Hume painted on a local warehouse wall for Joshua in 1994 as well as original memorabilia from the Fete & Factual Nonsense gallery – sold in aid of the Joshua Compston memorial fund and assisting in raising money for a memorial to be erected in Hoxton Square.

Coffield spent four years compiling a biography ‘Factual Nonsense, The Art And Death Of Joshua Compston’ on his art school friend. As Coffield explains:

‘’The book & exhibition came about because it seemed incredulous that this unique and brilliant individual who was one of the main driving forces in the regeneration of Hoxton and Shoreditch should be totally forgotten whilst others claim credit for his ideas.’’
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