The Art Licks Weekend is an annual festival that celebrates the activity of artist-led and non-profit project spaces across London; it launched in 2013 and is part of the larger organisation, Art Licks.
For its seventh year, the Art Licks Weekend (17–20 October 2019) takes on the theme of Interdependence: considering how participating projects work within a network of friendship, exchange and shared dialogue.
Interdependence is important to consider today, as the outlook for artists starting a career across the country becomes ever more difficult alongside growing economic and political pressures. The Art Licks Weekend explores how artists are responding to these challenges. Rather than working in isolation and being ‘independent’ from the system, these groups depend on community and acknowledge the importance of collectivism, support, care, and friendship as structures for working.
This year’s festival asks, what is most important when working together? What is it to care and what investment does that require? What structures need developing for sustainable outcomes?
The festival includes exhibitions and events programmed by 63 participating project spaces and collectives across London; working with 290 artists.
The festival also includes fifteen exhibitions from projects based across the country who will be hosted by London spaces for the festival, such as Caraboo, Bristol; EastCheap Studio, Letchworth Garden City; Edition Residencies, Manchester; Common Clay, Hastings; Gaada, Burra Isle, Shetland; Recent Activity, Birmingham; Underpinning, Aberdeen; Women Artists of the North East Library, Newcastle.
This year also sees the launch of the Art Licks Weekend radio station run in partnership with TACO! and RTM.
Art Licks Weekend, Director: Holly Willats.
Art Licks Weekend 2019 Advisory Group: Holly Graham, Anna Hart, Deborah Herring, Lawrence Lek, Sophie Risner, José da Silva, and George Vasey.
2019 Partners: Artquest, Cubitt, east bristol contemporary, Flint, Gasworks, Recent Activity, RTM, TACO!, The NewBridge Project
The Art Licks Weekend 2019 is funded by Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts; and the Art Licks Weekend Patrons