Back for its fourth year, the annual Art Licks Weekend celebrates the contribution that emerging artists and grassroots projects make to the cultural life of London. For this three day festival artist-run projects, curatorial collectives and young galleries across the city open up their spaces for the public, with free events and exhibitions of young artists’ work.
The festival presents the work of early career artists and collectives who are rethinking how art can be seen and experienced. This unique situation provides a fantastic opportunity for you to see the new work of artists in exceptional circumstances that is both fun and challenging.
WAVEY THINGS is the first solo exhibition by London-based illustrator Bans. Celebrating and questioning aspects of modern youth culture, Bans’ work playfully explores the lifestyle that revolves around fame, pop, hip hop & rap, and social media. Her fragmented, pastel-infused world is inhabited by hip hop icons, rabbit-boys, dog-puffs and other anthropomorphic characters – finding life in ceramic sculptures, skateboard graphics and apparel.
The show will includes a series of custom skate decks, range of urbanwear (including hand-painted one-off garments) and a set of 100 hand-sculpted and painted ceramic hip hop/ rap musicians – a homage to contemporary urban youth culture. A blend of hip hop, skate culture, fashion and art.
A showcase of work from locally-based talent through an open call that invites artists to go and install work in Deptford.
In the past they’ve had art occupying shop windows, libraries, roundabouts, public walls, railway arches and pubs! No nook or cranny is left unfilled. This year they have over 80 different exhibitions and events across 40 venues creating a genuine celebration of local culture!
Alfie Dwyer, Dani Smith, Katie South & Will Butterworth
ALW at APT
Christy Symington MRBS
DEPTFORD DOES ART: TRIANGLE
Ellen Watson Curates
Eva Fàbregas and Rachel Pimm
Flâneurism (Rik Moran)
Helena de Pulford
James Furzer / Made In Greenwich
Joshua Drewe & Devora Tancheva
Lara Proctor & Shaun Harrigan
Levantes Dance Theatre
London Drawing Group
Lucie Kordacova, Karolina Mikeskova
news of the world
Nicholas Burwell and Tom Ravenscroft
Nomad Art School
Paul Abbott and Alex Roberts
Propeller Foundry Open Studio
Sound is sound is sound
South London Art Map
Stan’s L I F T
Steven Morgana & Matthew Verdon
The Interview Room
The Jericho Orchestra
To celebrate native oyster season, Guinness and renowned seafood and oysters specialists, Wright Brothers, are collaborating to offer guests the ultimate Beer and Oyster Masterclass.
Led by Wright Brothers’ legendary oyster expert, Simon Lamont, and a Guinness beer expert from Guinness’ Open Gate Brewery in Dublin, four unique masterclasses will take place during October.
The classes will be held at the Wright Brothers’ restaurant in Soho, each 90 minute class will give guests the chance to learn about the history of Guinness and oysters, whilst tasting sumptuous oysters and perfectly matched beers. Simon will also lead guests in an interactive oyster shucking session.
Since British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, claimed the perfect combination of oysters and stout was ‘the most remarkable day’ of his life in 1837, the two have been inextricably linked. Known as a great palate cleanser, the carbonation of Guinness helps lift the flavours off the tongue. The dry roasted, slightly bitter taste of the ‘Black Stuff’ really brings seafood, in particular oysters to life, making them the perfect pairing.
Oktoberfest season is upon us! Visit the inaugural Hoxtoberfest with the of the best of German food, beer, and cocktails, spiked with just a trace of East London. It will be something you want to see.
Based in a multi-room Bavarian extravaganza, taking over a whole block of canal side warehouses and yards. Within the Hoxton Docks Timber Warehouse.
The main warehouse features a live music space, decked out like a traditional Oktoberfest tent where you’ll stumble across the first Berliner Pilsner bar (for East German balance). Taking a little jaunt outside, you’ll find the legendary Herman Ze German, on hand to deliver mouth-watering Germanic delights straight from the bratwurst grill, besides more Berliner and Erdinger goodness.
Meandering further, take a trip canal side where Fritz Kola will be hosting a Berlin cocktail bar, pairing booze with eye-opening mixers like rhubarb and Mischmasch (look it up), and when you’re in need of a snack to soak up those spirits, swing by the currywurst imbiss for your fix.
London Design Fair contains Tent London and Super Brands featuring exhibitions and features including Crafts Council, Craft Scotland, the Design Museum, Etsy UK, Heals, Form&Seek, Gallerie MICA, This is India, 100% Norway and nearly 500 more!
In 2015, the London Design Fair hosted over 450 exhibitors from 29 countries, making it the most international fair of the Festival. Exhibitors include independent designers, established brands, international country pavilions all launching new home products to the market.
‘Framed and Frame’ recreates a local landmark in the Chinatown of downtown LA and consists of two separate sculptures divided by a wall. ‘Framed’ is a ‘wishing well’ in the form of a biomorphic, concrete, grotto-like landscape, covered with spots of spray-painted colour and cheap religious statuary and tossed coins on its ledges and niches. A secret crawlspace complete with a mattress, candles and condoms is revealed at the rear of the well. The adjacent ‘Frame’ is a 9 × 15 foot enclosure comprised of a cyclone fence, faux brick walls and barbed wire, decorated to resemble a Chinese gate. The original wishing well, referred to as the ‘Seven Star Cavern’, has an unclear history. Variously attributed, the wishing well has been modified over the years by locals and visitors. The courtyard and its greenery fell into neglect sometime after the 1960s but it remains a popular tourist attraction.
These ground-breaking, thought-provoking and spectacular talks and events will showcase talent and stimulate new collaborations and ideas between filmmakers and creative leaders.
LFF Connects: Creative Technologies Friday 7th October
Featuring Dennis Muren (special effects including Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope), David Vickery and Kevin Jenkins from Industrial Light & Magic. Book tickets.
LFF Connects: TV Thursday 6th October
Featuring Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones (creators of Black Mirror) and Joe Wright (director of the new Nosedive episode). The night also includes a special screening of new episodes! Book tickets.
LFF Connects: Games Tuesday 11th October
Featuring David Cage (games writer and director including Nomad Soul) alongside Jonathan Ross talking about the artistry of games and collaborating with musicians such as David Bowie and Hans Zimmer. Book tickets.
LFF Connects: Art/Immersive Film Thursday 13th October
Featuring Lynette Wallworth (filmmaker including Collisions). Book tickets.
LFF Connects: Music/Performance Saturday 8th October
Featuring Liam Young electronic producer and Forest Swords (audio-visual In the Robot Skies premier, the first sci-fi film shot through autonomous drones). Takashi Maximo and Simon Fisher Turner (present The Picture From Darkness ‘musicfilmdream’). Book tickets.
DJ Yoda premier of DJ Yoda Goes To The Arcades: A History of Gaming, expect a mashup of your favourite retro games and beats! Book tickets.
A true celebration of the area, hosted by the creative companies who work in the area. It blends together a range of product launches, exhibitions, installations, workshops, talks and tours which will run throughout the London Design Festival.
Running consecutively for eight years, the event has gained a reputation as the largest and most exciting London Design Festival district, with a host of design-led events making it possible to spend a whole day wandering around the area on foot.
Truly collaborative, the event revels in the true spirit of London, a place that bursts with new ideas, historical places and spaces, and the colourful characters who have strode the East End for many a year.
The BFG in Pictures is an exhibition of original Quentin Blake illustrations, prepared for Roald Dahl’s classic story The BFG.
The exhibition, curated by Quentin Blake, contains 40 original artworks, including unpublished illustrations of The BFG which have never been exhibited in public before.
The illustrations were included in first designs but were not used when the book was published for the first time in 1982. They provide a unique insight into the character development of one of the most iconic characters in children’s literature.
These unpublished illustrations are exhibited alongside the final illustrations for the book, providing a fascinating insight into the collaboration between author and illustrator, and a glimpse of a BFG that might have been…