Margate, Organised, the full list of confirmed artists taking part…

Cultivated? Well of course, but are you Organised? We blog about Cultivate related things here – event, shows, Cultivate artists, we blog about art, music and many other shades of underculture over on the Organ pages. Here’s one from a couple of days ago;  Organ Thing: Start the riot, painter Kim Leutwyler, activist Ollie Henderson and the Archibald Art Prize 2015… A post goes up on the Organ pages most days, a thing of the day, a piece of art, a gallery review, a piece of music, a painter, an event, an opinion….Organ, digging it out and sharing it with you…

MORE ON MARGATE….  The full list of artists has now been announced… here’s the official Art Car Boot Fair press release….


Rendezvous with us and over 100 artists and performers at Rendezvous Margate outside Turner Contemporary, under the Turner-esque skies of Thanet, in between the Dover Straits and David Chipperfield’s facade, flanked by the RNLI lifeboat station and the Harbour Arm of Margate’s fair seafront.

We’ve got (literally) shed loads of art, airstreams full of it, crates stacked high, beach hut art substations and, of course, car boots popping with originals, editions and startling curiosities. In between and amongst it all will be parades of knitted-swimsuit clad people, exhausted drag queens, men sporting loin cloths and powering strange Methods of Alternative Transport, the Clowns of Jestminster, Tracey Emin calling a charity raffle, Dreamboys and Dreamgirls and to celebrate our Year of the Dog there’ll be hot dogs, black dogs, cool hounds, four legged art and an actual dog show, partly taking place in a vintage Vauxhall Viva car boot.

We’re also bringing Richard Strange’s Cabaret Futura featuring bands of Holy Joy and cool, punkish delights from Ray Gun plus the excitingly nautically named Orlando Seale and the Swells…whole cabaret line-up to be announced next week…..

Follow us on instagram to see what’s going to be on offer so you can plan your art buying in advance! This is the day that artists do business directly with their public at unbelievable prices, come and haggle with them, chat to them, make your own mongrel copies of their art with The Copy Shop and get them to sign it! It’s all possible at the one and only ART CAR BOOT FAIR – bought to you by Ashton Hayward in association with Turner Contemporary and courtesy of our vintage (12 years and counting) sponsor Vauxhall Motors and for the first time with the added support of the  Arts Council of England

As well as the Art Car Boot Fair, Margate’s August Bank Holiday line-up is simply staggering – amongst it all don’t miss Sink the Pink on Saturday night, a chance to catch ‘Provincial Punk’  Grayson Perry at Turner Contemporary all weekend, Margate Tribes and Kent Pride,  plus the pure joy to be had by jumping on (and off) the rides at Dreamland There’s something for everyone and so much more besides….

aaa_culticarboot_margateThe Art Car Boot Fair/Margate Full Line Up:

Tracey Emin & Emin International  · Gavin Turk · Vic Reeves and Michael Hogben · Rachel Howard · True Rocks· Holly Allan· Jessica Albarn · Lizzy Rose & Kate Hare · Crate including Charley Vine and Leigh Clarke · Limbo including Paul Hazelton, David Price, Tessa Farmer, Steve McPherson, Tasha Marks (AVM Curiosities), Sarah Wicks, Sarah Craske and Katie Welsford · Resort including Dan Chilcott , Charlie Evarist Boyce, Crowther/Plant, Jo Elbourne and Jason Pay, Kate Harrison, Steve Ibb, Nick Morley,  Heidi Plant, Julia Riddiough, Sara Wicks, Rachel Wilberforce, Leise Wilson and Angeli Yara · Bon Volk Studios · Tinsel Edwards and Twinkle Troughton · Nicole Mollet and the Kent Cultural Baton · Tom Thumb Theatre and Jessica Jordan-Wrench · BeDRAGgled from Amy Redmond / SINK The PINK · Sir Peter Blake  (TBC) · Soul Fast Food · Kristjana S Williams · Moniker Projects · Turps Painters · Bumble and Earwig · Alice Herrick & Keelertornero · Hantverk & Found with C.A.Halpin, Angela Frederico, Tom Swift, Jason Pay, Sam Zine · Alteria Art · Binnie Sisters · Wilma Johnston · Silvia Ziranek · Dolores De Sade · Marty Thornton · Art on a Postcard with Rankin, Robert James Clarke, Ray Richardson, Dougie Wallace, Hayden Kays, Cosmo Sarsen, Margo Bowman and Benjamin Murphy for the Hepatitis C Trust  · David J Batchelor · Frances Richardson · Jake Clarke · Kate Knight · Joseph Gibson · The Juncture ·Andrew Cunningham · Cultivate feat. Sean Worrall, Emma Harvey, Quiet British Accent and Julia Maddison · Dylans Mobile Book Store · Francis Thornburn· Swifty ·Lucy Soni · Jealous Gallery · Club Shepway · Paul Sakoilsky · Mark Jones · X-ray Fog, Ian Dawson and The Copy Shop

Richard Strange’s Cabaret Futura presents the Daylight Cabaret/ Margate Edition! Including: Johnny Brown and the Holy Joy Scrap and Salvage Movement, Kria, RayGun, Otis Coulter and Orlando Seale and the Swell plus special guests, lots.


Off to Margate, we’ll have a beer and go on pier…

aaa_culticarboot_margateWhere? What? Who? when? Haven’t posted here for a bit, been busy “dropping” things and such.  I don’t know, I thought the Play show was a positive thing, an exciting thing, a defiant thing. it felt like a last stand in so many ways, the last playground, the end of a big chapter (we were rather pleased Darren Coffield and his vital documentation of Joshua Compston was a part of Play).

We enjoyed Play, of course we did. of course some of it was stressful, putting on a big show always is. Play was about unity, about artists coming together to make things happen on something near our terms. We loved the buzz of the Play weekend (it went mostly uncovered by the so called London art media of course, but then we expected that will be the case – “we need at least two month’s warning and you need to pay” said one London art website that claims to be run by artists for artists), we expected the media to mostly ignore Play (big thanks to Whitesao, they did turn up). What we didn’t expect was the almost laughable backlash from artists, we started to notice it before hand, a couple of mysterious pull outs, a couple of no shows, seems some of what we’re saying and doing is stepping on a toe or two, we’re a “threat”, I need to just “shut up”, seems Organ coverage is not welcome either, having an opinion or seeing things a little differently or asking a question or two is not welcome and well, the main thing we’ve found post Play is that artists, on the whole, are a rather conservative lot and if you do dare to ask a question or two about how things work then doors are going to be closed. Enough of all that, we didn’t come here for all this today, only came here this morning to invite you to the seaside, came here with news of seaside treats, ice cream, and goings off and things in Margate at the end of the month…

Cultivate, in the shape of myself (Sean Worrall), Emma Harvey, Quiet British Accent, Julia Maddison and maybe a guest artist or two, will be heading to the seaside and Margate with the Art Car Boot Fair… (SW)

Cultivate artists off to the seaside, four of us this time (well five, Quiet British Accent are two)  The Art Car Boot Fair, Margate Edition with the Turner Contemporary Sunday August 30, 12-4pm, £3 entry

“Lured by the sea, the light, the tradition, the eccentric and the eclectic and thanks to the generous invitation of Turner Contemporary, we will be rolling into town this August Bank Holiday with the artworld’s most exuberant event. Margate, former home and inspiration to both Turner and Emin, quintessential seaside town and freshly buzzing with vibrancy and a sense of adventure – it’s the perfect place to bring the Art Car Boot Fair! Our car boots will overflow with local and London talents including exciting new collaborations with Margate based independents, Resort, Crate and Limbo and many other individual artists and performers who’ll bringing beach huts, matt black caravans, The Kent Cultural Baton, an ex-Nato campervan turned Camera Obscura, maybe the odd Bathing Machine to boot….plus a full 3 hour cabaret from Cabaret Futura’s inimitable Richard Strange and there’ll be lots of random performances and happenings besides…and fresh from success at our London event in June we’re delighted to bring The Dog in a Vintage Vauxhall Viva Boot Show!”

We’re off to Margate, we’re doing things our way, bring your buckets and spades, we’ll have a beer and go on pier…

Artist cash cows funding their holidays, brand new boutique developments and…



Summer holiday time, I see some of those galleries and organisations who really should know better are once again turning to their artist cash cows to pay for their holidays again. I’m getting to a point now where I’m starting to think well it serves you artists right. How much does it cost to open an e.mail?  Let’s say it again, as working artists we have no problem with sharing reasonable costs of a show that we’re actually taking part in, but it really is far far too easy for curators and organisations to exploit artists with these pay just to submit an e.mail to an open call scams. And the thing is, these shows are very rarely any good, the cynics who put these shows on never really do the things they claim they’re going to do, they’re all about exploiting new young artists who don’t know the score, we’ve said enough about it already, too many of you artists who have been around long enough to know better happy to support these things….

So anyway, no summer holiday for us, these are busy times. I think we can say the Warehouse show went well, lots of people, art, cross-pollination and artists coming together to do it ourselves and make it happen. Couple of weeks on from Play now and still feeling it was alright, yeah, it was alright, as was this year’s Art Car Boot Fair down Brick Lane, and last weekend’s Hackney WickED events over on Fish Island – words and images from Hackney WickEd here on the Organ pages.  .



Vyner Street

What are we doing next? Well besides registering an interest in buying a private luxury apartment in a brand new boutique development down on that building site in the middle of Vyner Street (maybe we should do an artist open call to fund our interest? £20 to submit and image via e.mail, what do you think?). So anyway, we’re doing things, swan like feet are working away underneath our calm serene surface.  More soon, including the Margate leg of the Art Car Boot Fair. Watch this space and don’t be fooled in to thinking you have to be a cash cow, I think Play proved we can do it a different more artist-friendly way.



more in a bit….


R.I.P Ish, that was indeed one of the best nights down Vyner Street…

RIP ISH – We’re really really broken up to learn of the news of of the passing of the always larger than life energy force that was and always will be Ish (one of the people behind Lay Lo). As co-conspirator Charlie Mcfarley has just pointed out, the LayLo night indeed was one of the very best nights at Cultivate and it was always a pleasure to work with or just bump in to Ish and his always infectious smile. Our thoughts are with Ish’s Family and friends… we’ll miss bumping in to you man

The 2015 Brick Lane Art Car Boot Fair, here’s what went down from our point of view….

The 2015 Brick Lane Art Car Boot Fair, here’s what went down from our point of view…. The East London weather was overcast, raining when we got there at 8am, the lines of people waiting to get in were already around the block (it opened at Midday). We were there again this year as Cultivate, and for this day the Cultivate artists were painter Emma Harvey, stitch and word duo art duo Quiet British Accent with their Metal in the New Black, embroiderer, print maker, installationist, sculptor Julia Maddison and me, Sean Worrall. We always enjoy the Art Car Boot Fair, one of the best days of the London art year, (especially once the people only interested in getting their hands on a bargain by a big name have been and gone and rushed home to ebay whatever they’ve got, do they even care what it is as long as Tracey signs it?). Once the mad first half hour is out of the way and the flippers flipped off, we enjoyed it. We had a great day actually, the sun came out in the afternoon, people engaged, art was sold, the sixth One Hundred Pieced Piece (a piece of work made up of one hundred parts, all painted on recycled cardboard, each piece sold at £1) was engaged with, dogs joined in, (dogs were the theme this year). We were joined at our stall by London dog rescue organisation All Dogs Matter.

Here’s the day in photos, mostly from our “car boot” – the art, the people, the dogs, the day… We’ll maybe write some proper words later, enjoy the imagery (click on a photo to enlarge or to run the slide show)

Emma Harvey on rescue dogs and her Dog Eat Dog pieces for the 2015 Art Car Boot Fair

evh_dogeatdog5The theme of this year’s 12th Annual Art Car Boot Fair is ‘dogs’. So, I really just couldn’t let this one pass me by. One year ago (almost to the very day of 2014’s Art Car Boot Fair) we picked up Daphne from Heathrow airport, an adult rescue dog from Cyprus.  This last year with Daphne has been a huge roller coaster ride of emotions. To cut it short she was (and still is) a very fearful, anxious, nervous dog. We soon learnt that we had to forget everything we thought we knew about dogs (having had dogs previously), as we were to discover that we knew absolutely nothing.  While Daphne had to come to terms with an entirely new existence, we also had to learn a new language of fearful dogs. It has been a tough, long year. Rewarding, yes, but also incredibly hard work.

So, in response to this year’s theme I have hand painted 8 individual different dogs. They are all painted in household gloss paint on 10cm square mdf board, ready to hang on gold chain with ‘DOG EAT DOG’ in gold and black lettering on the side.  I will also have some free artwork flyers to hand out on the day, with prints of my DOD EAT DOG’s on one side and some valuable information about how to spot the signs of fear in dogs on the other. Grab one while you can!

evh_dogeatdog8And, more importantly, alongside my work there will be free stickers and information from the London and Norfolk based dog rescue charity All Dogs Matter – indeed! Please, come say hello and find out more about all the brilliant work they are doing whilst you are also enjoying the art, the day, the stalls, the entertainment, the music, and more… (Emma Harvey)


The Art Car Boot Fair all happens on one day – Sunday 14th June, from 12pm to 6pm on the corner of Brick Lane and Buxton Street, E1, London. I will be there as part of the CULTIVATE car boot (also featuring the artwork of Sean Worrall, Julia Maddison and Quiet British Accent).We’re really looking forward to seeing you there, waggy tailed and muddy pawed – woof woof!

2015 bootfairsmall


Visit the ART CAR BOOT FAIR for the official info and line up here.  Visit ALL DOGS MATTER charity here. Find out more about our journey living with Daphne here.

Click on an image to enlarge or run the slide show….


Play, a maximalist art exhibition in a warehouse, here’s our take on what went down last weekend…

play_posterCULTIVATE presents PLAY: @ LONDON FIELDS, E8 – A maximalist art exhibition in a warehouse…

Play happened last weekend, something like forty-three or so artists gathered together under the umbrella of Cultivate. I think we ended up with forty-three artists? We haven’t done a final count yet, couple of no-shows, couple of last minute additions, couple of almost there in a minimal kind of glittery pyramid kind of way, couple of rule-breaking gate crashers, rules are there for breaking if the art is good enough. The venue was a now empty warehouse, by the railway station, just off the glories of London Fields, deepest Hackney, East London. A now tired looking warehouse apparently opened in 1980 by one time Labour prime minister James Callaghan MP, or so the rather tarnished brass plaque on the crumbling not so white wall says. The place was a frozen food factory until recently (those yellow stickers left on the back of the warehouse door will be familiar to many a person staggering home after a gig and grabbing a dubious late night snack from the local corner shop). Apparently the place was loved by the local squatters, always good for a touch of skip diving and some free food late at night. The place is empty now, a shell of its former self, crumbling and earmarked for demolition and no doubt yet more expensive flats that no one around here will be able to afford to rent. The tired old warehouse comes down at the end of the year, until then a sculpture collective have their eager hands on it, and for one weekend before the sculptors start doing their thing, it because the latest home for the ever evolving thing that is Cultivate

play_sat84Play then, we said it was to be a maximalist art event in an East London warehouse, did we achieve maximalism? Well we certainly blistered our feet. We’d been plotting this one for about a month and a half, we’d been waiting for the right situation to come along, the right space in the right place for our next cultivated adventure.


play_sat72Cultivate? What’s Cultivate? A quick refresh; Cultivate existed as an artist-run gallery for around three years down on a corner right in the middle of East London’s Vyner Street. The building has gone now, property developers have pretty much ripped the art out of what was once the heart beat of East London’s art scene, the building that housed Cultivate was knocked down at the start of the year, quite a few buildings reduced to rubble down the once gloriously creative street now. A street once alive with art and creativity is now, sadly, a street pretty much lost to property developers, gentrification, bland looking flats and well, time to move on, time to go play somewhere else.

Play then, we said it was to be a maximalist art event in an East London warehouse, so did we actually achieve a maximalist state? Well I think we left the playground with smiles on our tired faces, left with a little glow of satisfaction as we brushed up the last of Alexandra Unger’s flower petals and lugged our big canvas pieces though the streets and back to the studio.

play_sat140So here then, well down there underneath this words, are all the photos from the entire weekend, from the first artist to arrive – Darren Coffield with his Factual Nonsense – that was really appreciated, the last of Darren’s vital biography of Joshua Compston left for the artists taking part to take, Darren said something about it being a good place to get the last of the books out and that Joshua would have approved of what was happening in the warehouse over the weekend. Truth is, without Joshua Compston this almost certainly would not have happened, whole slices of the East London art scene would not have happened, honoured indeed to have Darren say what he did, we all have a lot to thank Joshua for, he should not be forgotten, he won’t be.


play_sat18We’d been herding and selecting the artists for weeks, carefully choosing them, sending out invites, press releases, putting up posters, sorting out the legal side (insurance cover is expensive), getting the word out on social media, attempting to involve those in the area, London Fields Brewery aren’t that friendly are they? The Laundry not much better – but then the Laundry in one of those new places that have come along with the gentrification and the people who do very little besides drinking coffee and eating food. The Laundry is a so called arts centre that really is all about gentrification, first thing they did when they took over the building and kicked the artists out was to have the much loved beacon that was the big Stik figure up on the chimney of their building cleaned off – it was “messy” and “not the right image” apparently. Couldn’t get London Fields brewery or the Laundry to put up a poster, let alone get involved in something happening right on their doorsteps. When we first opened Cultivate one of the most important things for us was to engage with the people already living here, not hide behind closed doors and aloof attitudes, if you’re going to move in then surely you must engage and be part of things, don’t just take over and look down your nose (I’ve been living around here for years, still feel like I’m a guest of the Londoners, I’m in their manor, I’m honoured when they come join in, this is their borough, not ours, nothing gives me more pleasure than the people who been here for years feel they want to come in and see what we’re doing.

play_sun32So the artists were selected, a bit of cross-pollination, get some artists in a room who probably don’t know of each other, mix up the tribes, Skeleton Cardboard next to Martin Sexton, This One’s graphic style and some of his broken down doors and found bike frames next to the painterly fine art style of Romi Catalan or the porcelain figures, chains and collars of Mia-Jane Harris, the precise lines and bold mathematical colour of Patrick Morrissey and Hanz Hancock complimenting the detailed textures of John Lee Bird, the social statements and values of Megan Pickering next to the street art brightness of Hackney’s very own Charlie McFarley – important to have Charlie in here, he’s grew up around these parts, born and bred here, his bright bright paintings a result of a childhood growing up in the grey grime of 70’s/80’s East London, his way of escaping the lack of colour – East London wasn’t always as colourful as it is now, some of us remember the burnt out cars and the no-go areas, not every change is bad, lot of good things happening around here as well as bad, Charlie adds the colour.

Marnie Scarlet brought Marilyn along, Amy Elizabeth kingmill performed her “Discarded” piece on the Sunday afternoon, meanwhile spontaneous bit of painting happened outside, the rubbish piles were no longer just rubbish piles, kids played with toy cars, people explored, wrote on the name tags of Rebecca Feiner’s clothes drying rack or underneath Sig Waller’s big red umbrella…
play_sun116It all happened one minute from London Fields railway station and right by Broadway Market, by the park itself (and all that that involves on a summer weekend). The plan was a very busy two day art exhibition, a place to Play, artists coming together and doing it ourselves, doing it in a great big warehouse (guarded by a Burning Candy cat and sweet set of teeth, 2010 vintage rather then the fangs of now). We wanted to bring an unwanted building to life again, walls and floors alive with paintings, with sculpture, installation and more, street artists jousting with contemporary painters, sculptors juggling around installations, performance next to leaf growth, next to Emma Harvey’s bold red mouths or Julia Maddison’s Our Lady of The Chip Shop or the big banners of Danny Pockets … A two day art show in a great big beautiful shell of a (soon to be demolished) warehouse. A gathering of pro-active artists who had either exhibited work with is at Cultivate during the three year Vyner Street period or worked alongside us at other events in recent times. We were being very picky about who we invited to take part, we wanted the show to be balanced and considered, very much a curated thought out exhibition rather than a chaotic free for all, we wanted the exhibition to flow, you work as one whole, we wanted the black and white illustration of Mille Easton or Phillip Hawkey next to the intrigue of samuel Brzeski or India Roper Evans – but this was essentially artists coming together for a DIY punk rock style weekend art exhibition in a disused East London warehouse.. 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 and everyone is invited to come have a look and explore the walls and floors, explore the art and the people making it…


Meiko kikuta

So the first of the artists started arriving at the empty warehouse just before 8am on Saturday morning, installing all around, frantically directing people, Flora Deborah’s big red piece, slightly moving Meiko kikuta’s work (didn’t it look amazing as the light changed), fitting it all together, Deborah Griffin’s customary stylish arrival, by midday the space was full, Glenn Fitzpatrick’s throne in place, Roger Clarke’s pieces somehow standing up. Everyone working, making it happen, we knew the artists would make it happen…

Here, (well down there at the end) in some kind of chronological order, are the photographs of the weekend, from the first artists arriving (very) early on Saturday morning, to the lights going out on Saturday evening to the sunshine, bright clothing and ice cream of Sunday until the last petals were swept up late on Sunday night.


Megan Pickering

It was a pleasure to see it all unfold and happen, to see it all come in to play. To see people putting the jigsaw together, (yes MOB was there, or at least his work was). It felt good, it felt like it was about the art and the artists, the people and the place, about using a building where so much has gone on, a place where people once worked, where lives were lived. it was about creatively making use of a space and inviting everyone to join in before it all gets knocked down to make way for something that probably excludes most of us, about one of the last stands before we artists have to leave East London. It was about people coming together, working as one and making it happen – just people, art and a coming together to share it all, no egos, no power tripping curators with their bad attitudes, and hopefully no treating the artists badly, an antidote to the artist-exploiting cash-cow attitudes of so many galleries, the chew up people and spit them out attitude of some who should know better, It was no accident that this happened on the same weekend that the cynical Royal Academy show was being installed. This was about artists coming together, respecting each other, pulling together, sharing our art with whoever wanted to take up the invitation to come see it, it was about making things happen on our terms. Yes, it took a lot of effort (big thanks everyone) but, if nothing else, this proves things can happen if artists REALLY want it to happen – it really can happen, artists making things happen, artists saying no to the way the Lonodn art scene treats them is what Cultivate was about in Vyner Street , Play was about artists taking the doing it all ourselves a step further…

I think we pulled it off, I enjoyed it, I hope everyone else did. Yes, I shall say it myself, it was indeed a brilliant weekend, I was a little burnt out by the end of it all so sorry if I missed thanking anyone at the end, big thanks everyone! Enjoy the photos from the dying Cultivate camera. Now where can we play next? On with the Cultivation, here’s to maximum overdrive and an East London punk rock state of mind, you haven’t quite driven us away yet… (SW)

Big thanks to the Whitesao crew for taking the time to join in and make the video

Claick on an image to enlarge or to run the slide show (now who’s going to crowdfund a new Cultivate camera to document all these things, we’ve worn this one out)