Art Licks Annual, 2012. Photo: Mariona Otero

The dominant picture of the capital’s creative sector does not represent the wealth of projects happening amongst younger artists and curators in spaces outside of central London. Art Licks launched in 2010 and has since grown to provide an essential platform and voice for the lesser-known and under-represented activities that form the grassroots of visual culture in London. 

Launching this year, the Art Licks Weekend 2013 will be a three-day event for which young galleries, not-for-profit projects, artist-run spaces and independent curatorial projects will be open to the public with special events and exhibitions of work by emerging artists.

With over 70 participating spaces showcasing 250 artists, the Art Licks Weekend is a unique event that will encompass the most exciting artistic talent and innovative ideas in London; celebrating the creative energy of this young art scene. The festival will concentrate on those pockets of artistic activity in east and south London where some of the most interesting exhibitions, events, screenings and performances take place – including Bermondsey, Bethnal Green, Deptford, Elephant & Castle, Hackney, Hackney Wick, Haggerston and Peckham.

It is important that these initiatives and individuals are supported and their contribution to the diverse cultural landscape of London is celebrated as they form the future of its art scene. The Art Licks Weekend represents galleries and spaces that are risk-takers and have set themselves up on their own initiative often with little or no funding, delivering programmes that are exciting, relevant and innovative.

The Art Licks Weekend is free to all.

Public opening times:

4 – 6 October 2013

Daily, 11am-6pm

Preview: Thursday 3 October, 6-9pm


With thanks to the Art Licks Weekend 2013 Patrons:

Cosima Bucarelli

Ed Campbell

Carroll / Fletcher Gallery

Ryan Gander

Yasmine Datnow

Victoria Miro Gallery

Prue O’Day

Katharina Ottmann

Eva Rothschild

Ben Sassoon

Libby Silver

Stephen & Stephanie Willats

Zabludowicz Collection

Alma Zevi

And those who wish to remain anonymous.


Art Licks Weekend 2013 has partnered with the following organisations to deliver its programme:

Artquest: Launched in 2001, Artquest is hosted by University of the Arts London and is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England. The Artquest website has over 1000 pages of advice, articles, listings and opportunities for artists and is free for anyone, with no registration required. Artquest is staffed part-time by a team of visual artists, with all content written in-house, or commissioned from practicing artists, curators or other arts professionals.

ArtStackthe online platform to see and share art you love. The community includes some of today’s most exciting artists, curators, writers, creative thinkers and art enthusiasts from across 200 countries. 

ArtStack’s website and free iPhone, iPad and Android apps make it easy to discover art anywhere and to share and remember works that inspire you.

Art on the Underground: Provides a programme of contemporary art that enriches the Tube environment and customers’ journey experience; and continues the long-standing tradition that excellent art and design is at the core of London Underground’s identity and services.

bubblebyte.org: Founded in January 2011 as a collaboration between artist Rhys Coren and curator Attilia Fattori Franchini, bubblebyte.org was an online gallery platform, exhibiting 70 international artists over two years in both solo and group shows. Since March 2013, with the addition of artist Paul Flannery, bubblebyte.org now specialises in integrating artwork within the fabric of already functioning websites through curated take-overs. 

Flint Public Relations Ltd: A specialist cultural communications agency focusing on profile-raising, brand management and revenue generation. The agency directs integrated 360º promotional campaigns that deliver comprehensive print, broadcast and digital media exposure whilst developing meaningful strategic alliances and brand affiliations for clients.

REcreative: An online community and resource for young people interested in accessing, exploring and unpacking the contemporary art world. A platform for young artists to share and showcase their work, the site also provides resources and opportunities that focus on participation and process – who makes things happen and why, and how to get involved. REcreative launched in 2011 and is managed by the South London Gallery, who founded the website in partnership with Tate, Whitechapel Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts and the Southbank Centre.

This is Tomorrow: A comprehensive archive of contemporary art, providing those restricted by place or time with the chance to visit some of the most innovative and culturally significant exhibitions around the world.

This Is Tomorrow believe that contemporary art has an intrinsic value for society that enriches people’s lives, offering multiple reflections on how we live and how our futures might be constructed.


For full programme information, interview requests and images please contact: press@artlicks.com

Download full Art Licks Weekend 2013 pdf press release.

In the Press:

The TimesEvening StandardTime OutBritish CouncilDazed DigitalThis Is Tomorrowa-n magazineThis Is Tomorrow review


For more information on the festival programme, tours, access and volunteering please contact: info@artlicks.com

Director: Holly Willats

Festival Coordinator: José da Silva

Learning Coordinator: Jen Aarvold

For press enquiries, please contact: press@artlicks.com

For further information on Art Licks Learning: jenny@artlicks.com

Workweek Prize

To celebrate the contribution of artist-led and independent curatorial projects in London, and their support of the local and international art scene, Artquest has launched the Workweek Prize to support critical, risk-taking projects involved in the Art Licks Weekend 2013.
Five galleries and project spaces that took part in the Art Licks Weekend were shortlisted by Artquest for the prize. The five shortlisted spaces were:

Five Years
Vulpes Vulpes
xero, kline & coma
]performance space[

The winner, announced on Saturday 5 October is 38b.
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