FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBT: The final Vyner Street weekend and an album of First Thursday images

firstoct27FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBT:: From September 1st 2011 until October 5th 2014, the space and idea known as Cultivate operated on a corner on Vyner Street (Bethnal Green, East London).

The space was operated as a rather full-on artist-run challenge of a gallery. The sometimes rewarding, sometimes infuriating space was run, on a daily basis, by two artists, Sean Worrall and Emma Harvey. A constant never-closed run of some 112 events, group shows, solo shows and more, all over a non-stop period of thirty seven very active open-door months. We think we can feel rather pleased with what we achieved.

firstoct37Three and a bit years was more than enough for us and for the street. On October 5th 2014 Cultivate left Vyner Street, we shall be taking the idea to new spaces and places. The corner space in Vyner Street has now been renamed and taken over by a new group of artists – we wish them well (we believe they will be open this Thursday morning and keeping the same hours as we did).

More Cultivation soon, watch the website and various Social media feeds, both Emma and I are busy painting this week, more organising in a bit, we shall be back in five minutes. We thank all who have been involved, see you soon.  (Sean, Emma)

AND HERE’S HOW THE LAST WEEKEND UNFOLDED VIA SOCIAL MEDIA….

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Sunday evening, 5th October:  Clearing out, mustn’t forget the kettle…. Big big thanks to everyone who came along to Vyner Street this afternoon, thanks to everyone who came and hung out, collected work, came armed with Guinness, bought art, bought my art and generally dropped by for the final day today. Big thanks to all the artists, the real locals, everyone who’s supported us and good luck to the new set of artist makers who take over the space this coming week (I thing they plan to open the doors on Thursday morning), hope they enjoy it as much as Emma Harvey artist and I have, been a most excellent three and a bit years, we shall be back with more in five minutes, back with new things, we had a blast and it feels just right to be moving on and evolving it all yet again

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Sunday morning, 5th October:  Very last day at Cultivate in terms of Vyner Street then. from tomorrow the space is in the hands of new people and gets a new name and a new way of doing things. Final show ends today, final clear out of all art today, we’re open from 11.30am until 6pm. Last chance to explore the space that has been our home for the last three and a bit years, last chance to grab a slice of art. Lots of bargains today, clear out those painted record sleeves, growth covered packing cases and more, everything must go, come buy a plinth, clear out the print rack, found an old bit of 616 in there yesterday, still got one last Carne Griffiths print, come see what we have EVERYTHING MUST GO TODAY!

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Late Saturday evening, 4th October:   Everything Must Go, lots did go today, one final day of Cultivate, Vyner Street this Sunday, lots of art to come and bag, both mine and pieces from others, things in the current I’ll Be Back In Five Minutes show and things left around the place over the last three years. We close for the last time at 6pm this Sunday…. Today was fun

emg_thursdayFriday evening, 3rd October:   EVERYTHING MUST GO: Final weekend at Cultivate then, come clear us out, everything must go (even the plinths), for this final weekend all my (Sean) work (big pieces as well as small) is for sale at just £20 a shot (well besides the pieces that are £1, £5 and such), if £20 is too much make an offer, I imagine I shall be given some pieces away over the weekend. I expect there will be some selling off of work that people have left over the last three years, some bargains from some art stars. By Sunday evening we want an empty gallery for the new people to come fill up on Monday Come explore Cultivate’s corner of Vyner Street for one last time…

All you artists in the current show, please remember all art must leave today or tomorrow, as for the rest of you, I think we’ve said many times that all uncollected work is assumed to be unwanted and will be sold off, given away, recycled or disposed of this weekend…. EVERYTHING MUST GO

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Friday morning, 3rd October:  Big big thanks to all who came to the final show last night, we go one for one more weekend, open today (Friday), Saturday and Sunday. All Sean Worrall pieces left in the space are for sale at £20 or less, we have Julia Maddison hand made prints for £5 and £10 we have a room full of art to explore Emma Harvey artist, Bruce Lovelock, Gareth Morgan, Tim Goffe, Joanna Georgiades, Zoe Crosse, Vanya Baloghh, Glenn Fitzy Fitzpatrick, Monika Tobel and more we’ve got one (now rather rare) Carne Griffiths print left in the space for sale, we clean up the walls paint them and empty the space on Sunday, then hand on to a whole load of new artists who are going to run the space from Monday onwards…. come clear us out, everything must go, one last weekend down Vyner Street

beckroadVery early Morning, 3rd October:  Sold this painting tonight, so we took it on a pilgrimage along Beck Road and the real spirit of the East End and Vyner Street and number 50 Beck Road. A fitting full stop to this chapter of Cultivate and three years down that street

Thursday morning 2nd October:   Looks like a good day for a last ever Cultivate, Vyner Street First Thursday on our rather special corner then. One more Thursday evening and one more weekend down Vyner Street before we hand over the space to the next group of art makers. I expect there shall be six or seven other galleries and spaces open on the street tonight, we have a gallery full of diverse art ready to explore, poke in the corners and you never know what you might find lurking….

And here’s the photo album from the final Cultivate First Thursday down Vyner Street

 

 

 

Dear Vyner Street, we’ve had a great time, it really isn’t you, it’s me, it really is, I’ll be back in five minutes…

Show_CE_FiveMinsSo where were we? On our corner for one more week, Cultivate, Vyner Street, been quite a n affair, it was only going to be a six month fling, nothing serious…. Well no, extremely serious, art is a serious matter, running a gallery is not to be taken lightly, this has always been a serious commitment, always been about walking it and not just talking it (anyone can write a fancy press release, opening the door and being there is the thing that counts So, 112 events, shows, openings, group shows, solo shows and such during Cultivate’s time in Vyner Street. 37 months or just over 3 years, 38 First Thursdays and hundreds and hundreds of artists up on our walls, plinths and such. Less that one week to go now, and then we’ll be back in five minutes with new things in new places, evolving again.

cultivate_vynerOne last show called I’ll Back In Five Minutes, one last show in Vyner Street, not the last Cultivate show, we will be back in five minutes. Three years in Vyner street, I think we’ve had enough of each other now, three and a bit non-stop years is enough isn’t it? Three years, the love affair is over, it isn’t your fault, it really is me, no really, you’re wonderful, I just need a charge, we’re too familiar, we’ve had a great time, we’re getting stale now, you’re a great street, you really are, you’ll find someone else, you don’t need me holding you back, you need to fly, you need new life, we can’t just go on like this, there is no love between us anymore… One last fling for old time’s sake, one last time and off we go, one more First Thursday, one more (dirty) weekend, let’s part on good terms, stay in touch, we’ve had a great time, you’ll always be special, we’ll always have the memories, the scares, it really isn’t you, honestly, its me, it really is.  God, do you remember that time when I dropped that head, or that time we had that big red painting on the wall or when Charley parked his van outside with the light show in it or when the Yeastie Girls took over or when that big… no no, okay we won’t go there, but it was good, we did have some great times… yes, let’s end it here, it feels right, let’s part on good terms, let’s not fight, not like when Nettie left you and stuck the knife in, never liked her for that, you were so good to her, whatever happened to Nettie anyway, she went bust in the West End less than a year later, really? Oh what a shame, she had it coming to her, I’d never treat you like that, you’ve been wonderful, we’ve had a great time, I’ll be back in five minutes, you’ll have lots of new adventures, you’ll soon forget about me…

plyme_juliaThis Thursday October 2nd we shall host our 38th and final First Thursday evening, with a group show (that opened last week, but you knew that already) called I’LL BE BACK IN FIVE MINUTES. The show will until Sunday evening 6pm, usual gallery opening times of 11.30am until 6pm Thursday through to Sunday as well as 6pm until late on Thursday evening.  A group show, we had to end with a group show, group shows are important, group shows are cool, they’re vital, group shows are the life-blood, group shows are where you first saw Tracey or Damien, where you first saw Hunt, where you first saw most artists, don’t come here telling us group shows aren’t cool. Just look at Ashley’s book next to Zoe’s single finger, Tim’s caravan next to Debbie, that mouth next  to that leafheart or that john and Yoko shirt

Three years ago...

Three years ago…

Artists featured in this final show – ASHLEY FITZGERALD, BRUCE LOVELOCK, ADE COLDBLACK, DEBORAH GRIFFIN, EMMA HARVEY, GLENN FITZPATRICK, HARLEY PRICE, JOANNA GEORGIADES, JULIA MADDISON, MADELEINE STRINDBERG
MERVYN DIESE, MATHEW TUDOR, MONIKA TOBEL, SEAN WORRALL, SHARON REEVES, TIM GOFFE, VANYA BALOGH, QUIET BRITISH ACCENT
and ZOE CROSSE

Mia Pfeifer film projection and Something Blue at opening at Cultivate, December 2011

Mia Pfeifer film projection and Something Blue at opening at Cultivate, December 2011

On Monday morning the freshly renamed gallery space will fall in to the hands of a new set of artists led by painter and curator Mathew Tudor. We shall be taking our Cultivate signs with us and cultivating other things in other places, Mr Tudor and his collective will take over the space and hopefully keep art flowing on the corner for the next six months (as long as the properly developers hold off, that threat is still hanging, planning permission is granted, just a case of when now)

Bodies, a group show at Cultivate, June 2012

Bodies, a group show at Cultivate, June 2012Vyner S

ARTIST CALL: I’ll Be Back In Five Minutes…

Show_CE_FiveMinsAnd then… The last ever group show on our corner down Vyner Street will open on September 25th, run until October 5th

I’LL BE BACK IN FIVE MINUTES….. One last cool as flip explosive salon hang of a group show at Cultivate and down the thing we know and love(d) as Vyner Street, one more before it goes bang and we let it all evolve again.

A ten day show to put a full stop on this chapter of our ongoing Cultivate adventure..

I’ll Be Back in Five Minutes will open on Thursday morning 25th September, run for one week The show will include a late opening on October First Thursday evening, one last First Thursday – our 38th First Thursday in an unbroken row. The show will end on Sunday October 5th (anyone want to buy some plinths?)  .

COME JOIN IN, THE LAST CALL FOR ARTISTS, one last chance to be part of one of those legendary First Thursday group shows….

We’ll be back in five minutes – if you wish to be considered, then please contact info@cultivatevynerstreet.com for more info.

it would be good to have at least one artist we’ve not heard of yet on our walls next week. We’re rather proud of our record over the last three years in terms of our group shows than the platform they have provided…

What next? Watch this space, we’ll be back in five minutes, Vyner Street is only one chapter,  a longer chapter than we expected, only one chapter though…

BIG BIG THANKS

SEAN WORRALL / EMMA HARVEY –  CULTIVATE

VYNER STREET, LONDON, E2

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Sean – http://seanworrall.wordpress.com/
Emma - http://www.evh-art.co.uk

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WHAT PRICE ART? This weekend at Cultivate the price of a pint or a horse or a house or a cake…

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This Thursday and on through the weekend at Cultivate as we continue to evolve and and prepare for big change. I’ll be back in five minutes with more news and exit plans…  For now, this is happening

SEAN WORRALL & Guests – WHAT PRICE ART? An art event at Cultivate, Vyner Street, London, E2.

What price art? An event where you name the price and there is no debate….. An original piece of art for the price of a pint or a cake or a house or a horse or…. What price art?

From Thursday 18th September until Sunday 21st September one half of the ever evolving art space called Cultivate will be devoted to another What Price Art event. The event starts at 11.30am and the gallery is open 11.30am until 6pm from Thursday until Sunday.

For one last time in Vyner Street, Sean Worrall and a number of guests will show a selection of work, all work will be on sale, none of the pieces will be priced. Viewers can name their own price on any of the pieces, there will be no debate, whatever the viewer offers for a piece of work will be the price accepted and the viewer/buyer can take away the piece for the price they wish to pay.

galleryemma2There will be no discussion, no debate, I shall be delighted to see you leaving with a piece of art exchanged for whatever you think is fair or or indeed for a price that that you think you can afford. Original art for everyone who would like a piece.

If you think it too intimidating then please please don’t be, this is a relaxed event, we are happy for you to leave with a piece, and do remember, I have left hundreds of pieces of art out for free this year around places like the Hackney WickED art festival, the Folkestone Fringe, around the streets and canal banks of London, the Liverpool Biennial and beyond, I am happy for you to pay a little (or as much) as you like.

If you don’t want to name a price in the gallery with one of us standing there then fine, we can understand that, instead put your payment in an envelope before hand (or in one of the envelopes provided and we shall take your envelope and not look in the envelope until you have left with your piece of art.

zz_today19Come buy a piece of art for as little as £1 (or less) or as much as £1000 (or more), or just come have a look anyway, we run an art gallery, not a shop!.

The only rule is no more than one piece per person. If you wish to buy a second piece then we will reserve the right to say no.

A percentage of the money made will go towards the evolution of Cultivate, a percentage to St Joseph’s Hospice, you find St Joseph’s around the corner from us in Vyner Street and we believe those who run art spaces, galleries should join in with the community, not take over the community, and yes a percentage will go to the artists (I need to buy fresh paint and maybe some food, paint doesn’t taste nice).

What price art?

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We Are Three was an excellent celebration of something that really had….

We Are Three was an excellent celebration of something that really had no right to last three years, or at least had no right to survive against all the odds for three years in Vyner Street. Cultivate was never just about Vyner Street of course, we’ve always made that very clear and this week we find ourselves exploring our options, do we battle on down the street? Do we reinvent and evolve again? Certainly interesting time for us, for galleries and artist-run spaces in East London in general, and, well, watch this space.

Today we want to thank everyone who came along to the opening last Thursday and ate cake, blew up balloons, drank wine and explored the art that is currently on the walls, as well as those who came along over the weekend…

Here’s some photos, expect more news soon… new shows, maybe here, maybe there, or over there, or here… or… we shall tell you when we know, irons are in fires, will we stay or will we go…

We’re in a rush today, no tome to blog, click on a photo to enlarge and run the slide show, more later…. busy times!

 

CULTIVATE: WE ARE THREE, A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AND A FINAL SHOW?

aaa_cultevolved_isthreeJust sent out a mail out to those signed up to the gallery mailing list, here’s what it said….

CULTIVATE: WE ARE THREE AND TONIGHT WE CELEBRATE

6pm until sometime after 9pm, tonight, Thursday 4th September 2014, Vyner Street, East London, bring yourselves, bring some refreshment,  bring friends, tonight we celebrate

That’s right, we opened our defiant artist-run space right in the middle of Vyner Street, East London on First Thursday, September 2011

Somehow, we made it to a point where we can celebrate Cultivate being three years old…. So tonight, please come join us for a celebration and for an art show called WE ARE THREE…

atoday7WE ARE THREE and we have a gallery full of art in the middle of a street full of art (we expect six other galleries and art spaces to be open in the street tonight as well as other things popping up during the evening (more naked red men covered in honey?)

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49 Mowlem Street is the Cultivate building

ARTISTS featured tonight at Cultivate  MOB, SEAN WORRALL, JULIA MADDISON, EMMA HARVEY, QUIET BRITISH ACCENT, ZOE CROSSE, MATHEW TUDOR, PIKY, ROMEN GOUVEIA and a guest wall of art staring…AGATA CARDOSA, CHARLEY McFARLEY, JULIE CAVES, MARCELINA AMELIA, MIA JANE HARRIS and maybe one or two more surprises

TONIGHT is a celebration of three years, of non-stop art, of group shows, solo shows, events and of artists doing it our selves, of exciting diversity and proving it can be done without all the artist exploitation we see around us.

TONIGHT is almost certainly our final opening, our final show, we’ve known the building was going ot come down for some time now, several dates have come and gone, this time it really is the end of the line in terms of Cultivate in Vyner Street and We Are Three is almost certainly our very last show in the space  .  Tonight is a celebration though, not a wake

COME CELEBRATE, WE ARE THREE!

Read loads more news and see loads of images via the almost daily Cultivate blog…  oh and we never saw Cultivate was just a Vyner Street thing, we shall evovle again… …

Massive thanks for three excellent years….

SEAN WORRALL / EMMA HARVEY and all the artists
CULTIVATE EVOLVED..  

VYNER STREET, LONDON, E2

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cvsgallery
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Sean – http://seanworrall.wordpress.com/
Emma - http://www.evh-art.co.uk

Right then, First Thursday at Cultivate and down Vyner Street is almost upon us once more, this time things are extra special

aaa_cultevolved_isthreeRight then, First Thursday at Cultivate and down Vyner Street is almost upon us once more, extra special one this time, WE ARE THREE.

That’s right, it was three years ago this week we (Emma, myself and a small gang of helpers) frantically opened and here we are, three years later, battle-scared but still doing it. We’ve brought you three non-stop year of art, we think it has been exciting.. We opened on September First Thursday evening in 2011, we’ve been there for every single First Thursday since, sometime alongside a full street, sometimes the only ones committed enough to be there. For us Vyner Street is a special place, a special thing, a unique place, most of the other galleries seem to think it is all about them, but we know it is about a street, a community, a place that so many have put so much in to over the last 20 years or so, a place far bigger than any one gallery or person.

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MARC FIRST THURSDAY M.O.B, EMMA HARVEY, JULIA MADDISON

The street is dying in terms of art now, the DIY community that grew out of the squats, the artists taking over almost abandoned factories and turning them in to studios and galleries, that has all but gone, the spirit of artists coming together to make it happen all but chased out by developers, urbanists, estate agents, rents and the rest, but there is still something special there, one last stand before the tech hubs, the fancy food and the plush new developments kill it for good….

And First Thursday is still a thing, last month was an excellent evening and this month we shall be on our corner celebrating with what we think are walls full of strong exciting art. We’ll be there alongside Wayward, Hada, Wilkinson and the other galleries and spaces, the good people of the Victory, the artists who have hired Vyner Street Gallery this week, and whatever else pops up in and around the street on the evening (not expecting naked red men covered in honey this time).

can_opening51Three years of being there for every single First Thursday, we’re rather proud of it, we’ve taken a lot of crap in order to survive this long, I should put a link to Whitechapel Gallery First Thursdays but frankly they’ve done nothing to support our three years of commitment to their event and even more frankly, if we weren’t there on the corner with our open doors and lights full on the street their event would be a lot less alive on a First Thursday than it has with us there, what with the rest of them hiding behind closed doors or not even bothering and such… enough… this is a time to celebrate, anger may be a n energy, but this not the time, this is a celebration of what artists can do if they really want to

WE ARE THREE, WE’VE GOT SOME GREAT ART AND ARTISTS, COME CELEBRATE THE LAST ARTIST-RUN SPACE IN A VERY SPECIAL STREET…. YOU’LL MISS IT AND US WHEN IT HAS ALL GONE. THREE WHOLE YEARS, WE WERE ONLY GOING TO DO IT FOR SIX MONTHS!

the  open sign outside Cultivate....

the open sign outside Cultivate….