Back for its third year, the annual Art Licks Weekend celebrates the contribution that emerging artists and grassroots projects make to the cultural life of London. For the 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.

With ninety spaces taking part, showing the work of over 300 artists collectively, the festival demonstrates how Art Licks continues to represent key grassroots activity, and its role in bringing it to a wider audience to experience.

The Art Licks Weekend is free to all.

Public opening times:

2 – 4 October 2015

Daily, 12-6pm

Preview: Thursday 1 October, 6-9pm


With thanks to the Art Licks Weekend 2015 Patrons


Art Licks Weekend 2015 has partnered with the following organisations to deliver its programme:

aqnbArtquestEvening StandardFlat Time HouseFlint PRLondon AssemblyLUXTransport for LondonVideo In Common

Gallery Partners:

CGP LondonChisenhale GalleryGasworksSouth London GallerySPACE


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

In the Press:

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

2015: Evening StandardaqnbApolloTime OutDazed DigitalThe Art Newspaperi-Da-nFADTo Do ListEmerald StreetLondon CallingRA MagazineThe Art Newspaper – Louisa BuckCandid MagazineArt Map LondonEast End Reviewthis is tomorrowSMBHmag

Workweek Prize

Artquest’s Workweek Prize supports critical, risk-taking projects involved in the Art Licks Weekend. Six galleries and project spaces that took part in the 2015 festival were shortlisted by Artquest for the prize. The winner was announced Sunday 4 October, with the prize going to David Blandy and A—Z for 16-bit.

The shortlist was as follows:

  • DKUK: It Want It, Jack Strange
  • Seen Fifteen Gallery @ Safehouse 1: Intervention: Cottages of Quigley’s Point, Jill Quigley
  • VERBureau: The Gift, If There Is Any, Annette Krauss, Travis Meinolf, Savage, Standart Thinking, HE Wiseman
  • A-side B-side Gallery: The Poor Door, Alison Berry, Rebecca Byrne, Tinsel Edwards, Mars Gomes, Kin, Lee Maelzer, Reena Makwana, S.P.A.R (with Brian Guest courtesy of Calum F Kerr), Tom Rizutto, Julia Russell
  • Art Barter @ Studio Colbert: Mini Barter – Monsters & Masks, Charlotte Colbert, Laura Clarke, Laurence Owen, Maria Thurn Und Taxis, Mat Collishaw, Nancy Fouts, Philip Colbert, Polly Morgan, Renee So, Seana Gavin
  • A—Z @ Four Quarters: 16-bit, David Blandy

Read more on the Artquest website.


For enquiries and further informaton on the festival programme, tours, access and volunteering, please email: info[at]artlicks.com

Director: Holly Willats

Festival Coordinator: Lily Hall

Learning Coordinator: Jen Aarvold

For press enquiries, please contact: press[at]artlicks.com

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