Last month we went along to the annual Art Licks Weekend Festival - a showcase of up and coming artists and their work in project spaces across London. Funded by the Arts Council England, Cockayne and the London Community Foundation, the 3-day festival was an opportunity for artists and curators to share their work with the public from the start of the creative process right through to the finished product. Ranging from sculptures, to printing, to performance art, there was something for everyone amongst the 300+ young artists on display. Here are some of our highlights from the weekend.


Chisenhale Studios

Across the weekend Chisenhale Studios, Hackney, opened its doors to the public and we were able to see the artists in action. With 3 floors of studios, there was a whole range of work going on. The dance studio was also open for visitors, with classes and live performances on show.

Chisenhale also runs a public programme through the year including talks and workshops. Visit their website for more information.


East London Printmakers

We also stopped in with the East London Printmakers @ SPACE Studios during the day they had their open studio. It was a fantastic opportunity to see ELP in action and find out more about their work and the printing process. 

Members of the public were able to get involved and try their hand at some printing alongside the team. Their collage work was also on display, a central part of ELP’s work. 


Pangea Sculptors’ Centre

Another highlight of the Art Licks Weekend was the Taking Shape: Sculpture on the Verge, a contemporary sculpture exhibition curated by Marsha Bradfield and Lucy Tomlins. 

It was a striking group exhibition dealing with evolution and transformation. Artists on show were Byzantia Harlow, David Rickard, Emily Motto, Jamie Fitzpatrick, Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau and Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen.

The artists will be developing similar projects throughout the course of their residence programme at Pangea Sculptor’s Centre. For more information about the artists:


The ARKA Group

The ARKA group, composed of Ben Jeans Houghton and Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau, held an exhibition curated by Space In Between - a contemporary art gallery known for its experimental and engaging exhibitions. 

Their interactive installation featured film, sound work and images centred around dismantling cinematic ideas. A small but enjoyable exhibition, this was one of our favourites. 

Get tickets for next year's Art Licks here:


By Olivia Odubanjo (@oliviazao_)