“Your warehouse space is quite ugly” she said. It is indeed, beautifully ugly, gloriously so…

play_warehouse01On once more with the herding and the sorting of the details, the careful selection of artists for whom it means something….

“Your warehouse space is quite ugly” said one uninvited artist in a rather negative way…

How could anyone not be excited by those beautiful walls? Look at those scars, the dirt, the faults, what a gloriously ugly space

“Your warehouse space is quite ugly, I was really only interested in working around some of my friends again in London. That was the attraction, not your space or the area it is in”.

What a glorious area this is (was) who wouldn’t be excited by this area, these people, these walls? Those real walls in those real streets, a last stand as the gentrification chases out communities, pulls lives apart, and as far as we’re concerned, as gentrification and redevelopment closes down every creative space left save for the sanitized white cubes where only the chosen ones can play. We love the walls of this “ugly warehouse”, we love this “area it is in”. These walls and spaces are where the reality is. Art that is not in touch with reality, that hides within pristine white walls and keeps itself to itself is not where we want to be, take us to the “ugly” places, the open door spaces, the art that engages with everyone, the art that want to be part of a community, not the art that looks down at it and says this ugly area is not for me.. We don’t want the artists who think these “ugly” walls beneath them, we want the artists excited and honoured by these walls.

warehouse_image1“Your warehouse space is quite ugly” – it is indeed, beautiful ugly, gloriously so, these ugly streets are where beautiful people once made boots, where beautiful people lived lives, where lives once evolved in beautifully ugly ways, where brutally messy buildings pulled people together. This is where everyone can play, we don’t put on these things for you hang out with your artist friends, we put on these things in these places to engage with everyone, to create in the beautiful ugliness, to share with people of “the ares it is in”, we don’t want the artists who think themselves above it all, who think the walls are too ugly for their art, and only want to hang out with their friends .

“Your warehouse space is quite ugly I was really only interested in working around some of my friends again in London. That was the attraction, not your space or the area it is in”.

this ugly warehouse and the area that it stands in excites me, I want my art to be seen here before it all goes, what a gloriously ugly space it is, I can’t wait…

A little more than just hanging out with… (sw)

LONDON FIELDS: FURTHER READING

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PRESS RELEASE: CULTIVATE presents PLAY, A MAXIMALIST ART EVENT @ LONDON FIELDS, E8

play_warehouse01PRESS RELEASE:  CULTIVATE presents PLAY, A MAXIMALIST ART EVENT @ LONDON FIELDS, E8

Cultivate presents PLAY, a two day maximalist art event in a great big beautiful shell of a soon to be demolished warehouse, just by London Fields, London, E8.

Saturday 6th June (1pm until 9pm) / Sunday 7th June (10am until 6pm)

Gransden Avenue, E8 3QA. One minute from London Fields railway station and right by Broadway Market, the field itself (and all that that involves on a summer weekend).

A two day maximalist art exhibition called Play, artists doing it ourselves in a great big warehouse (guarded by a Burning Candy cat) with walls and floors alive with paintings, sculpture, installation and more, street artists jousting with contemporary painters, sculptors juggling around installations … An art event brought to you by Cultivate and curated by Sean Worrall and Emma Harvey

Where were we? Cultivate, as far as Vyner Street is concerned, is now a flattened pile of rubble. Time to play…. Cultivate is evolving again, until we throw out an anchor and settle on a new space, Cultivate will roam around, pop up, do things in strange spaces, in not so strange spaces, conventional spaces, not so conventional spaces The next Cultivate event of will be an art exhibition called Play, a two day art show in a great big beautiful shell of a (soon to be demolished) warehouse, just by London Fields, a stones-throw from the railway station, London, E8.

Expect painting, installation, sculpture and… well watch this space, all about artists coming together to make things happen. Play will happen on the weekend of June 6th and 7th. A gathering of pro-active artists who either showed work at Cultivate during the three year Vyner Street period or worked alongside Sean or Emma at other events in recent times.

“it is essentially about carefully selected artists coming together and doing it, we are being very picky about who we invite to take part and the show will be balanced and considered, but this is essentially artists coming together for a DIY punk rock style weekend art exhibition in a disused East London warehouse.. The vibe of this show is very much along the lines of events like the Chinese Open or the recent Broadway Pop Up”

More details to follow, watch this space. All about artists doing it ourselves.. Egos and attitudes left at home, artists coming together to make something happen, a busy show, maximalism in the ruins of the fast disappearing East London playground Everyone is invited to come have a look and explore the walls and floors, the art and the people making it…

Artists Confirmed so far, Alexandra Unger, Calum F. Kerr, Charlie Mcfarley, Danny Pockets, Darren Coffield, Deborah Griffin, Emma Harvey, Flora Deborah, Glenn Fitzy Fitzpatrick, Hugo Von Hugo, India Roper Evans, Jimmy C, Julia Maddison, John Lee Bird, Laura Bodo Lajber, Madeleine Strindberg, Maria Paz Garcia, Martin Sexton, Mathew Tudor, Megan Pickering, Meiko Kikuta, Mia Culpa, Mia-Jane Harris, Millie Easton, M.O.B, Monika Tobel, Patrick Morrissey/Hanz Hancock, Phillip Hawkey, Quiet British Accent, Rebecca Feiner, Roger Clarke, Romi Catalan, Samuel Brzeski, Sarah Sparkes, Sean Worrall, Sig Waller, Susana Sanroman. ThisOne, William Angus-Hughes, and more T.B.C

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The current state of Play, a forthcoming show in a warehouse by London Fields…

The Play show is coming together nicely, here’s an updated artists confirmed so far list for the London Fields show at the start of June…

Alexandra Unger, Charlie Mcfarley, Danny Pockets, Darren Coffield, Deborah Griffin, Emma Harvey, Flora Deborah, Glenn Fitzy Fitzpatrick, Hugo Von Hugo, India Roper Evans
Jimmy C, Julia Maddison, John Lee Bird, Laura Bodo Lajbar, Madeleine Strindberg, Maria Paz Garcia, Martin Sexton, Mathew Tudor, Meiko Kikuta, Mia Culpa, Mia-Jane Harris, Millie Easton, M.O.B, Monika Tobel, Patrick Morrissey/Hanz Hancock, Phillip Hawkey, Quiet British Accent, Rebecca Feiner, Roger Clarke, Romi Catalan, Samuel Brzeski, Sarah Sparkles, Sean Worrall, Sig Waller, Susana Sanroman, ThisOne, William Angus-Hughes and
more T.B.C

There’s a whole load of coverage via the Organ pages, here’s what it says…..

play_warehouse01Play will be a two day show in an East London Warehouse, A big empty warehouse, right by London Fields. The exhibition happens of Saturday 6th June and Sunday 7th June

What is Play about then? Simple really, a coming together, an art show, an art event and the gathering of artists to create an art exhibition in a soon to be pulled down East London warehouse. At the start of this year Cultivate, our art space in Vyner Street, closed. The space closed with very little warning, another victim of the property developers, we know it was coming (we thought we might have a little more warning). Of course the current climate, the cultural destruction and gentrification of London makes it tougher for artists to finds spaces and make things happen ourselves, the playground of empty buildings and unwanted spaces enjoyed by the YBAs back in the 90’s are all but gone now, finding rooms to play in is becoming tougher and tougher. Art spaces, like music venues are either being pulled down by uncaring property developers or converted in to hideously expensive gastro coffee pimping soul-sucking food-troughs for those lucky enough to be able to afford to live in this city, so when we find a place we’re going to play..

A blank canvas of a warehouse

A blank canvas of a warehouse

Play is a show curated by Sean Worrall and Emma Harvey from the new evolving thing that is Cultivate “it is essentially about carefully selected artists coming together and doing it, we are being very picky about who we invite to take part and and the show will be balanced and considered, but this is essentially artists coming together for a DIY punk rock style weekend art exhibition in a disused East London warehouse.. The vibe of this show is very much along the lines of shows like the Chinese Opens or the recent Broadway Pop Up

Shows like this year’s Chinese Open and the events over at Broadway Studios (over in Tooting) as well as events like last year’s We Could Not Agree show in that underground car park that was generally acknowledged as the best thing to happen in London during Frieze week, the left-field art events that tend not to be in formal spaces, places and spaces where artists come together to (almost defiantly) make it happen themselves.

There’s an Organ interview on the subject of last year’s We Could Not Agree show with one of the curators, Vanya Balogh here and there’s a film of that show, a film made by Marina Organ, just there (a video photographed and animated on the opening night last year). There’s 164 photos from the We Could Not Agree opening night here and some more from a second visit here. Play will take the spirit of those shows in the carparks and alternative spaces and blend it with the maiximalism that was the three years of Cultivate in Vyner Street (as well as previous Cultivate curated events such as the Stinging Netil)

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Play will be a two day show in an East London Warehouse, Gransden Avenue, E8 3QA. A big empty warehouse, right by London Fields and a minute from London Fields railway station, Broadway Market and the rest of it. The exhibition happens of Saturday 6th June and Sunday 7th June. The show opens at 1pm on Saturday and runs until 9pm, and then 10.30am until 6pm on Sunday. The Facebook event page is here for those who need such things

if you missed it when it went out live, the News Agents radio show interview where we talk about art, about Play, about Cultivate, the London art scene, the beauty of Huge Baby, running a record label, painting leaves (that some may see in other ways), art drops, affordable art, exclamations, artists being proactive and doing it themselves, community, Peter Predergast and more, the interview on line to listen to in your own time should you wish to.

The News Agents - 25th April 2015 by Resonance Fm on Mixcloud

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Here’s some photos of the work of some of the artists taking part, click on an image to enlarge or run the slide show…..

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Cultivating on the radio…. an interview about art, galleries, artists doing it ourselves, leaves, growth…

if you missed it yesterday when it went out live, the News Agents radio show interview where talking about Cultivate, the London art scene, the beauty of Huge Baby, running a record label, painting leaves (that some may see in other ways), art drops, affordable art, exclamations, artists being proactive and doing it themselves, Peter Predergast and more, is now up on line to listen to in your own time should you wish to.. big thanks to the News Agents, to Rebecca and Resonance for putting up with me for an hour, it was a pleasure.

The News Agents - 25th April 2015 by Resonance Fm on Mixcloud

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Cultivate, Vyner Street, 2015

Cultivate, Vyner Street, 2015

Cultivate at the 2015 Art Car Boot Fair, on Resonance FM this weekend….

We shall be taking our Cultivate Car Boot to the 12th Annual Brick Lane Art Car Boot fair, London, E1 again this year  This year the Cultivate team of artists will be EMMA HARVEY, JULIA MADDISON, QUIET BRITISH ACCENT and SEAN WORRALL

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Here’s what the Art Car Boot Fair organisers have to say about things,,,,

“The Art Car Boot Fair is a cross between an art fair and a car boot sale – an eclectic one day event that brings famous and up and coming artists together to meet their public face to face and to sell works in at atmosphere of fun and frivolity with the added frisson of some serious just-for-the-day art bargains to be had. Everyone, whatever their budget, can become a collector for the day with artworks ranging in price from a few quid to a few hundred.

For 2015 we’re packing even more into our fabulous Brick Lane car park with over 80 artists, amazing new art commissions on CAR BONNETS, astonishing art bargains just for the day and some amazing performances! Anyone with a few quid in their pocket can become a collector for the afternoon, and there’s so much to do and see besides! The wonderful spirit of the Art Car Boot Fair gets a fresh injection of talent every year and all artists are hand picked to let their hair down and flog their fabulous art from their car boots! You’d be hard pushed to beat it! Over 70 pitches, with Gavin Turk, Sir Peter Blake, Marcus Harvey & Turps Banana, Bob & Roberta Smith, Polly Morgan, Mat Collishaw Billy Childish, Jessica Voorsanger, Pure Evil, Ian Dawson, Le Gun, David David, the Bethnal Greeen Working Men’s Club and so many more – full list on our artists page. Plus! This year is the Art Car Boot Fair YEAR OF THE DOG! Dog in a Boot, Dog Portraits, Best Dog in Show… We welcome and embrace our canine friends… Looking forward to seeing you all there…”

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The NEWS AGENTS – I, Sean, shall be on the radio on Saturday afternoon, April 25th,  2.30pm-3.30pm on London arts radio station Resonance 104.4FM  – A hybrid news-arts programme curated by Jude Cowan Montague, Rebecca Feiner and Alice Foster. This week, Underculture arts in East London –  Sean Worrall, London-based painter and veteran of the underground arts community has many active identities, past and present. He is the curator of gallery Cultivate (currently in a pop up manifestation) and the driver of long-term music and culture zine, the Organ. He talks about arts strategies in underground London past and present and discusses stories of today’s art world as represented by current media. Includes new and unsigned music and Sean’s selection from his label’s back catalogue.  – Hosted by Rebecca Feiner.- Catch it via your FM dial in London or on line worldwide via Resonance 104.4FM

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Time to come out and Play in a great big beautiful shell of a warehouse

play_buttonWhere were we? Five minutes up yet? Time to play…. we’re evolving again, until we throw out an anchor and settle on a new space, Cultivate will roam around, pop up, do things in strange spaces, not so strange spaces, conventional spaces, not so conventional spaces    The first event of 2015 will be an event called Play, a two day art show in a great big beautiful shell of a warehouse, just by London Fields, London, E8.  Expect installation, sculpture, painting and… well watch this space, all about artists coming together to make things happen. Play will happen on the weekend of June 6th and7th.  More news very soon, we have other irons in fires, you can never have too many irons in the fire.  Right then, we have work to do, things to build, paint to throw, artists to invite…. .

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Cultivating is a punk rock state of mind, all about getting out there and doing it, making it happen, art events should be exciting and alive…

shoesinthegallery77Cultivating is a punk rock state of mind, all about getting out there and doing it,, making it happen, art events should be exciting and alive….  Cultivate is about artists doing it ourselves

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“So when are the five minutes going to be up?” she demanded, “I’m pretty sure it has been more than five minutes now?”

Doesn’t seem like five minutes if you ask me. Then again, Vyner Street seems like several life times ago now, sad to see what it has been allowed to become. I guess everything evolves, but it is rather sad to see that big building site hole on the corner, and to see most of the other art-enabling DIY spaces down the street gone as well.   Things do evolve though,  things are evolving quickly in East London, and although finding spaces for us artists to do things ourselves is become tougher and tougher,  we’ve been busy doing just that. That’s right, we haven’t just been sitting around growing leaves, painting our mouths, using the street as a year long gallery and such…

Rather pleased to quietly hint that we have a number of Cultivate events pretty much ready to go then, including one that looks like it will be happening in a nice big brilliantly located East London warehouse.  other things boiling up nicely as well, a car park style event or two, along with another couple of things we’re cooking up in more “formal” gallery spaces.   More news in five or so minutes.

Emma Harvey

Emma Harvey

Fellow artists, watch your in-boxes, invites will be going out, and when they do we shall need you to react quickly, we’re talking spontaneous b of bang here, Cultivating is a punk rock state of mind, all about getting out there and doing it,, making it happen, art events should be exciting events

it has only been five minutes hasn’t it? Time to fill floors with your shoes again, and the walls with paintings and such…

Everything evolves, we’re excited.

Oh yes, we haven’t forgotten about the book either, like we already said, things have been very busy around here, if we told you, you wouldn’t believe us. Watch this space, lots more news very soon….   (SW)