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. 

Now in its second year, the Art Licks Weekend 2014 is a three-day event for which young galleries, not-for-profit projects, artist-run spaces and independent curatorial projects are open to the public with special events and exhibitions of work by emerging artists.

With over 70 participating spaces showcasing 200+ artists, the Art Licks Weekend is a unique event that encompasses the most exciting artistic talent and innovative ideas in London; celebrating the creative energy of this young art scene. The festival concentrates 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, Lewisham 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:

3 – 5 October 2014

Daily, 12-6pm

Preview: Thursday 2 October, 6-9pm


With thanks to the Art Licks Weekend 2014 Patrons.


Art Licks Weekend 2014 has partnered with the following organisations to deliver its programme:

Evening Standard
Shoreditch House
Transport for London
This Is Tomorrow

Partner Galleries:

Chisenhale Gallery
South London Gallery


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

Download the Art Licks Weekend 2014 pdf press release here.

In the Press:

2014: Evening Standardthis is tomorrowApolloBritish CouncilDazed DigitalTime OutCaustic CoastalCulture Whisperaqnbthis is tomorrowMedia SpaceEmerald Street

2013: 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 Coordinators: José da Silva & Eva Rowson

Learning Coordinator: Jen Aarvold

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

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

Workweek Prize

Artquest’s Workweek Prize supports critical, risk-taking projects involved in the Art Licks Weekend. Five galleries and project spaces taking part in the festival were shortlisted by Artquest for the prize. 

The shorlisted spaces were:

Common ObjectsEnclaveFrench RivieraPeer SessionsStudio/ParlorD.I.G. Collective

This year’s winner was D.I.G. Collective

Read more on the Artquest website