Art Licks Weekend 2015

2 Oct 2015 – 4 Oct 2015

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12:00-18:00 Daily

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From Peckham Rye to Hackney

England, United Kingdom

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Art Licks Weekend is a free event that celebrates the best emerging artists, galleries and projects.


With 90 participating spaces, Art Licks Weekend occupies areas from Hackney to Peckham Rye including galleries, libraries, and even living rooms.

Back for its third year, the annual Art Licks Weekend celebrates the contribution that emerging artists and grassroots projects make to the cultural life of London. Throughout the three-day festival, artist-run projects, curatorial collectives and young galleries across the city open up their spaces for the public, with free events and exhibitions of young artists’ work.

Founded by writer and curator Holly Willats in 2013, Art Licks Weekend offers a positive outlet for young artists and curators to build new networks and relationships with audiences, at a critical early point in their careers. Art Licks champions the emerging artists participating in the as the opinion formers of the capital’s cultural future and believes they should be supported as such, allowing for innovative and forward-thinking practices and ideas to develop.

The Weekend is free of charge, opening the doors to galleries and artists’ spaces to the public and introducing a range of arts events and activities. Engaging with younger visitors, Art Licks Weekend operates an education programme and works with local school groups to improve their access to the arts.

In 2014, over 70 spaces took part in the Art Licks Weekend, showing the work of over 200 artists collectively. The festival saw over 9,000 visits – 60% of which said they had never visited the galleries and spaces before and 92% said they would visit again independently. For 2015, Art Licks received an overwhelming amount of applications for the festival and is excited to announce that it has confirmed 90 participating spaces working with over 300 artists collectively; demonstrating how Art Licks continues to represent key grassroots activity, and its role in bringing it to a wider audience to experience.

Art Licks Weekend runs from Friday 2 - Sunday 4 October 2015 with all galleries & spaces open daily from 12-6pm, with an Opening Night on Thursday 1 October, 6-9pm. The event occupies areas across East and South London, where younger and non-commercial galleries predominantly operate including Bermondsey, Bethnal Green, Deptford, Elephant & Castle, Hackney, Hackney Wick, Haggerston, New Cross and Peckham.


Additional Programme

Festival Tours: Art Licks tours take groups around a selection of artist-run spaces and projects in: Hackney, New Cross/Deptford and Peckham

Radio Anti: Commissioned for the festival, Radio Anti will broadcast a daily programme of interviews, performances and music for the duration of the Art Licks Weekend

Online Project: Curatorial project Desktop Residency have invited four artists to present works available for visitors to download off the festival website and have as their desktop wallpapers. Part of an online group show by artists: Clémence de La Tour du Pin, Doug Bowen, Lucia Quevedo and Simon Boase.

Artist moving image programme, run in partnership with LUX and Flat Time House, including a film screening event at the Peckham Liberal Club


Galleries, spaces and projects taking part in 2015 include:

A---Z @ Four Quarters                                                                                                                           A-Side B-Side Gallery                                                                                                                       Aalto Projects
Ali Baba                                                                                                                                     Amatorska
Amersham Arms
APT Gallery
Arcadia Missa
arebyte gallery
Art Barter @ Studio Colbert                                                                                                           ASC Gallery
Assembly Point
Back Room Gallery                                                                                                   BalinHouseProjects                                                                                                                    Banner Repeater
Bede House
Block 336
Cheap Drinks Van                                                                                                                   Chisenhale Studios                                                                                                                 Clapham Orangery                                                                                                                     Conduire
DKUK Salon
Doomed Gallery
East London Printmakers                                                                                                               Five Years                                                                                                                                           Flat i
Hotel Elephant                                                                                                               HOUSERULES
Ingelow Gallery
Kingsgate Project Space                                                                                                                 Kiosk
Ladette Space
Lewisham Arthouse
London Sculpture Workshop                                                                                                   Lychee One
Martin’s Place
Menier Gallery Millington|Marriott
MMX Gallery
news of the world nowshowspace
Oros Orob
Pangaea Sculptors' Centre                                                                                                         Eternal Bronzer
Pomeroy TBK
RAUMX London                                                                                                                                Res.
Safehouse 1
Safehouse 2
Save the Date café                                                                                                                       Schwartz Gallery
Space In Between
St Augustine's Tower Standpoint                                                                                                  The Ballad of Peckham Rye                                                                                                             The Function Room
Transition Gallery
Tremolo Projects
Turf Projects
Unit 3 Projects                                                                                                                     UnitSixStudio
Vulpes Vulpes
Why Don’t You...? HQ
12ø Project Space
21 Willowbrook Road
42 Stairs 



Participating artists and collectives include:

Uliana Apatina, ARKA Group, Gabriel Birch, Hannah Black, Elena Colman, Philip Ewe, Katie Goodwin, Lewis den Hertog, Joey Holder, Emma Hunt, Lucy Joyce, Paul Kindersley, Lawrence Lek, Sophie Mackfall, Tamarin Norwood, Berry Patten, Anna Chrystal Stephens

Festival Partners: aqnb, Artquest, Evening Standard, Flint PR, Flat Time House, LUX, Mayor of London, Transport for London

Gallery Partners: CGP London, Chisenhale, Gasworks, South London Gallery, SPACE 



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