Art Fair

Daniel Lehan and This Happy Band - Lighting The Wayward Ways

6 Mar 2010

Event times

All day throughout Margate town

Cost of entry


Substation Project Space

Margate, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Half-hourly trains from London Victoria and St Pancras. London-Margate takes 1 hour and 30-40 minutes.

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In the tradition of troubadours and travelling minstrels, This Happy Band will parade around Margate, commemorating its past, and the themes of Winter Dormancy, and Glorious Resurrection with their eccentric and eclectic performances. Lord Lehan will continue into the night when he transforms himself into a human lighthouse.

Charlie Fox (aka Urban Bear)
Since 1999, Charlie Fox has worked as the Artistic Director of counterproductions. Promoting socially engaged and experimental artistic practices, counterproductions produce and collaborate on education, community and transdisciplinary art projects in the UK and internationally. Fox has just submitted his practice-as-research PhD thesis 'In the Event of Laughter' and is working on a new commission from Rational Rec.

Daren Callow
A singer, songwriter and guitarist with a growing reputation for performances that combine strong rhythmical elements and clever use of technology, with thought-provoking lyrics ranging from the deeply emotional to the humorous.

Calum F. Kerr
Kerr's Instrumento-Being, a walking percussive instrument, has performed with This Happy Band in its various incarnations and has also appeared at the ICA's 'Calling Out of Context' festival. as an artist, Kerr's work encompasses performance, audio installation and frequent interactive enquiry. He exhibits extensively in the UK and internationally, and is also the lead vocalist for the undead psycho-country musical group, the Lonesome Cowboys from Hell.

Tim Flitcroft
After studying music, Flitcroft wrote music for both film and TV. Later after studying film at Central St. Martins, his work broadened to include installation and other media. He lives and works in London and is part of the artist collective Area10 based in Peckham.

Daniel Lehan
Lehan has worked on a wide range of visual arts projects, including collaborations with writers, dancers and musicians, and works with galleries and museums to deliver creative projects to children, young adults, the elderly and those in prison.Daniel's works often begin with simple instructions that any man or woman in the street can follow: 'Make a sign saying what you want', 'Write down your darkest thoughts', 'collect unusual stories from the newspaper', 'Draw a pie chart of your emotional life'. He uses understated calm and reassuring charm to encourage people to interact and create these works with him. The end product is a rich patchwork of thoughts and ideas gathered up from the minutiae of people's lives.

At 6pm, Daniel Lehan, as the Human Lighthouse, will illuminate the dark and dead places of Margate, with his performance Shine The Light, a work that commemorates the presence of notable writers and artists in Margate, and casts light upon future creativity in his own hometown. Inspired by the former presence of Betjamin, T.S Eliot, Thomas Ingoldsby, Keats, Charles Lamb, and Turner, Lehan will celebrate, and invoke their creative spirits at specific locations in and around Margate.

Looking to the future, Lehan will illuminate the way forward, casting a beam of light upon the uncertain, and possibly treacherous path of future creativity in this seaside town.

Frog Morris
An artist, poet, performer and curator. Morris' eccentric brand of performance art has appeared in museums, galleries and art festivals across Europe. Frog Morris can also be seen hosting his own regular variety show at the Montague Arms in New Cross, London.

Pierrette Socobaz
The name of a multi-faceted artist with musical comperial and facilitorial skills developed over twenty-five years of performance, including; T.I.E theatre, site specific, comedic, forum, corporate and playback.

Mr Solo
As the singer from the mid-90s cult heroes 'David Devant And His Spirit Wife', Solo is no stranger to the limelight. Now, as his adequate moniker suggests, Solo has gone solo. Not to be outdone by his previous outlandish antics, his music is equally and unrelentingly brilliant, and as undeniably indivual as it ever was. The lead single taken from his forthcoming album, 'It Makes You Wonder' is the perfect anthem for the rained upon, the ideal ode to the visionary as we plummet into the unknown mythical abyss of the financial meltdown.

His Majesty Rex Nemo
His Royal Highnes Rex Nemo will defy the prognostications of the many rogues and cheats presently plaguing his realm, and will enjoy his own again, in his loyal town of Margate and elsewhere, when all will be well.

A minimalist art rock band fronted by artists Paul Good and Kirsty Wood.

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