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.

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.

The Art Licks Weekend is free to all.

We hope you enjoy your time at the festival!

Public opening times:

30 September – 2 October 2016

Daily, 12-6pm

Preview: Thursday 29 September, 6-9pm

Thanks to the Art Licks Weekend 2016 Review Group: José da Silva, Deborah Herring, Lawrence Lek, and Eva Rowson.


With thanks to the Art Licks Weekend 2016 Patrons


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.

Art Licks Weekend 2015 has partnered with the following organisations to deliver its programme: A- – -ZArtquestBrick BreweryDeptford XLondon OvergroundLUXVideo 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:

2016: Dazed Digitalaqnba-n NewsThe Art NewspaperLondonistArtRabbitSomething CuratedKitMapperArt Newspaper Frieze special

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 taking part in the festival were shortlisted by Artquest for the prize.

The 2016 shortlist was as follows:

– Castor Projects, Dream On, Claire Baily

– DIRT, It’s not the digging, it’s the dirt, Meg Ferguson, Maito Jobbe-Duval, Kineret Lourie, Lou-Atessa Marcellin, Helen Michael, Susannah Stark, Peter Glasgow, and guests

– Finishing Touch, The Little Book of Answers and Act of Memory (Brixton), Laura Malacart & recital of Monica Ross’s ‘Act of Memory’

– Solid Gone, Solid Gone In The Back Room, Agnieszka Szczotka, Eloise Fornieles, Hannah Brown, Marianne Spurr, Mark Beldan, Toby Ziegler

– The Ballad of Peckham Rye, Hesitant desire shall flourish in a soil not too strong, Ilona Sagar

– Transition Gallery, Isolation Chamber Vacation, Kirsty Buchanan, Juno Calypso, Hannah Ford, Nicola Frimpong, Katerina Jebb

Artquest announced Finishing Touch with Laura Malacart as the 2016 winner of the prize on Sunday 2 October.

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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