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 festival collaborates with artist-led spaces and independent projects across London to celebrate the contribution early career artists and curators make to the Capital. To mark its fifth anniversary, the festival is themed for the first time with the title: Finding Solutions.

In recent years, the situation for artists and creative practitioners in London has become increasingly difficult. Rents and costs have rocketed, studio provision plummeted and funding has been severely cut. In these situations it is important to find positive solutions and supportive communities, which we hope to highlight through the festival programme.

For 2017, the Art Licks Weekend considers the current creative climate in London and explores the different ways artists and curators are working together to continue to make challenging new work, to collaborate and exhibit.

The Art Licks Weekend is free to all.

We hope you enjoy your time at the festival!

Public opening times:

29 September – 1 October 2017

Daily, 12-6pm

Preview: Thursday 28 September, 6-9pm

Thanks to the Art Licks Weekend 2017 Review Group: José da Silva, Deborah Herring, Lawrence Lek, and Eva Rowson.


With thanks to the Art Licks Weekend 2017 Patrons


Art Licks Weekend 2017 has partnered with the following organisations to deliver its programme: ArtquestLUXArt Rabbit

Gallery Partners: CGP LondonGasworksSouth London GallerySPACE


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

In the press:

2017: Evening Standarda-nDoggerlandThe Art NewspaperLouisa Buckthis is tomorrowRough VersionLondonTown

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


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

Director: Holly Willats

Learning Coordinator: Jen Aarvold

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