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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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!

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the open sign outside Cultivate….

SO CULTIVATE WENT TO FOLKESTONE, THE ART CAR BOOT FAIR, THE FRINGE AND THE TRIENNIAL….

Well we had a great time in Folkestone, an inspiring time, a brilliant time…. here’s some words that were spilled all over the Organ pages a couple of days ago

folkestone_tri9Sunday Sunday, it has been an interesting week, not much time for sleeping… Yesterday was all about a day trip on the train with bags full of art and a visit to the Folkestone seaside where the Folkestone Triennial as well as the Folkestone Fringe are currently taking place. The Fringe yesterday included the third and final Art Car Boot Fair of the year (Brick Lane, East London and Liverpool being the first two parts of this year’s Art Car Boot Fair adventure). A mad early morning rush out of London, bags and rucksacks heavy with art, seaside treats in store, catch the train, get out of the city… Been looking forward to this one, the on-line tasters, the programme promises and advance videos from both the Triennial and the Fringe have had us anticipating and the Art Car Boot Fair is always a pleasure to be part of.

evh_folk6There’s an ITV news video here that gives you a flavour of the event that is the Art Car Boot Fair. People lined up along the harbour waiting to get in at midday, excitement in the air, artists frantically getting their boots ready (the event is sponsored by Vauxhall, they gave us the same blue car they gave us in Liverpool to use as a “boot”), personally I was lusting after one of the old ones, but hey, they gave us a fancy modern blue one (for the day)

Tracey Emin was the main headline of couse, well alongside Sir Peter Blake and Gavin Turk and such – “Her work is usually sold in galleries fetching thousands, if not millions, of pounds. But today Margate’s Tracey Emim was among many high-profile artists selling their work at a car boot sale as part of the Triennial in Folkestone. Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to artists Jim Moir, Gavin Turk, Julia Riddiough and organiser of the Art Car Boot Fair, Karen Ashton”. .Tracey was there by the way, just not while the reporter and cameras were.

We were there as Cultivate, we this time being myself, Emma Harvey and Quiet British Accent as well as Folkestone painter Tim Skinner (well it would have been rude to take Cultivate to Folkestone without inviting a local painter to come get involved and Tim is one of our favourite painters)

folkestone_tri17A day of seaside treats then, not sure where the Triennial ends and the Fringe starts (and not sure if it matters), but we can report that Folkestone is a town alive with art and a town that looks, on first impression, to be a town regenerating itself in the right way There a buzz provided by the art, a buzz that’s there from the moment you get off the train and encounter the big Yoko One Earth Peace billboard. The goldrush is helping of course, people engaging and mostly having lots of fun digging on the beach (seems to be a lot of ska around the place as well), we liked Folkestone and out day of seaside treats.

folkestone_tri62This not a review, this is not a piece of critical artistic analysis of the opening weekend of events (that might just come along later), these are just some photos of my day, our day, by the seaside taking part in the Art Car Boot Fair and the Fringe, leaving art around the town (pleased to see people twittering about finding it) and enjoying being artists.

Some photos of the day then, photos from the Cultivate “boot” at the Folkestone Art Car Boot Fair, the other artists, a flavour of the Fringe and the Triennial as well as more of my art drops around town – pieces painted on recycled cardboard found on the street and put back out on the street. Enjoy the photos, click on one to enlarge it or run the whole slideshow

Thanks for a great day Folkestone, we shall be back soon if you’ll have us, it was indeed a much needed seaside treat (Sean)

Group shows are cool, WE ARE THREE: A celebration at CULTIVATE, opening on SEPTEMBER FIRST THURSDAY

aaa_cultevolved_isthreeWE ARE THREE: A celebration of three eventful years of CULTIVATE in Vyner Street, Eat London. A show opening on SEPTEMBER FIRST THURSDAY and running for one week

Three years of Cultivate in Vyner Street. Come celebrate the achievement of being here doing it non-stop for three full-on years.

WE ARE THREE features the art of MOB, SEAN WORRALL, JULIA MADDISON, EMMA HARVEY, QUIET BRITISH ACCENT, ZOE CROSSE and MATHEW TUDOR plus special guests PIKY and ROMEN GOUVEIA as well as other invited guests sharing our walls and celebrating with us, and we are cellebrating, you have no idea of the battles we’ve gone through to keep bring you al lthis for three full-on non-stop years … Other invited guests:  AGATA CARDOSA, Hackney’s very own born and bred proper EastLondoner CHARLEY McFARLEY, JULIE CAVES, MARCELINA AMELIA and the considered darkness of MIA JANE HARRIS. And just maybe one or two more surprises t.b.c

GROUP SHOWS ARE COOL…

Cultivate, September First Thursday, 2013

Cultivate, September First Thursday, 2013

 

 

And look at this list of all the artists who have featured in our artist run DIY space over three years. Group shows are cool, don’t ever let anyone say they are not, group shows open doors, they provide stepping stones.We recently heard a London gallery owner proclaiming group shows to be a compromise that he wouldn’t never take. Don’t tell us well hung group shows put together in a picky way aren’t cool! They’re extremely cool, and anyway your gallery is hardly ever open, nothing worse that a hardly ever open ’cause your far too cool to do it gallery. We’re rather pleased to have put on all those busy group shows over the last three years as well as all the solo shows and the other events that have flowed through Cultivate.

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A group show….

CULTIVATE at the Folkestone leg of the Art Car Boot Fair, now with added Tim Skinner

aaa_cultevolved_folkestOFF TO THE SEASIDE….

Where were we? Why am I asking you? You don’t know where we are, well you do know we ddin;t go on holiday, Art Does Not Go On Holiday. Thanks for all the postcards, and we are off on another day trip, this time to Folkestone and the third and final part of the 2014 Art Car Boot Fair adventure that has taken us from Brick Lane, via Liverpool to this week and the Fringe of the Folkestone Triannual and a Saturday by the seaside… We’ve documented it in previous blogs, with full details of the artist line up both in terms of Cultivate and the Art Car Boot Fair in general, Tracey, Gavin, Peter and such, and no doubt we shall mention it a few times more before (and after Saturday)

 

Tim Skinner

Tim Skinner

It would be rather rude of us London-based artists to take Cultivate to Folkestone without including a Folkestone artist though, awfully bad form (as Julia might say) And we do have one of our favourite painters down there (is Folkestone down there or up there?)  in the shape of a painter who has regularly shown his work on out Vyner Street walls over the last almost three years

So joining the Cultivate Evolved regulars – SEAN WORRALL, EMMA HARVEY, QUIET BRITISH ACCENT, MATHEW TUDOR, JULIA MADDISON and such down by the seaside this coming (no doubt very sunny) Saturday , is Folkestone painter TIM SKINNER.  We do hope we see some of you down there, looks like there’s lot going on both at the Art Car Boot Fair and in terms of Folksteone and the Fringe ans the Triennial in general

The Folkestone leg of the Art Car Boot Fair happens on Saturday August 30th, Midday until 4pm, all part of the Folkestone Triennial….  See you by the seaside for Art Car Boot Fair part three…. There’s a whole load of photos and flavours from part one and two, London and Liverpool here, as well as more details… Art does not go on holiday, but it does go on day trips to the seaside…

TIM SKINNER

TIM SKINNER

BRICK LANE ART CAR BOOT FAIR, EAST LONDON, 2013 (Sean W)

BRICK LANE ART CAR BOOT FAIR, EAST LONDON, 2013 (Sean W)