Coming up on First Thursday June 6th until June 18th, we hold the CULTIVATE SUMMER FLOWER SHOW This time we intend filling the gallery with flowers, plants, leaf-growth, bees, painting, drawings. Small scale 3d work, prints, maybe a photograph or twoWANT TO GET INVOLVED?
We open our door and invite London-based contemporary painters, illustrators, forward thinking street artists, exciting rule breakers, William Morris lovers, small scale sculptors, print makers, pop artists, sticker artists, maybe one or two challenging photographers, we invite everyone who wants to get involved in an exciting vibrant busy two week show More from firstname.lastname@example.org
Had one or two what you might take as almost complaints in the last few weeks from artists thinking we should be chasing around packages, paying courier fees, customs tax (the recent Free Art Friday event ended up costing us over £150 in Customs fees, unpaid postage and such), artists from outside the London area, overseas artists and such…
Here come the facts: Cultivate is an artist-run beast, we are currently based in a space in Vyner Street, East London. We’re London-based working artists doing it ourselves (we had hoped to get an artist collective together but collectives always seem to be good ideas that never actually work in reality, so it is mostly myself – myself being Sean – and Emma Harvey holding this thing together against the odds)
We don’t have finance, we don’t have backing, we’re not trust-fund rich kids, we don’t have Arts Council backing or any of that stuff, we’re working artists, we don’t have enough hours in the day as it is, we don’t have time to be dealing with the problems of chasing up couriers, lost packages, sorting out customs, sending art back, standing in line for hours at Hackney post offices or package depots and all that stuff. We’re not trying to cut people out, we’re just being realistic, we don’t have the time and we don’t have the money . this is a DIY space run by working artists, the space is mostly for artists based here in the London area. for those of us fed up with the way we London-based artists are treated, with excessive fees and large gallery commissions that really don’t seem that fair .
Running Cultivate often feels like a thankless task, keeping Cultivate alive is tough, we hear the frustration of you artists from out of town “Perhaps there’s a patron of the gallery that would like to take a chance on me? I’m established over here…” said the frustrated guy from somewhere in the USA. No we can give the guy who says he’s a street artist from Guatemala city, or the artist from…. no, we hear you, we’re sorry, we can’t help, tough enough helping ourselves and our fellow London-based artists.