Well we had a great time at the Victoria Park dog show yesterday. The invitation to take part was a follow up to our Cultivate collaborations (well mostly Emma Harvey’s collaborations) with All Dogs Matter for the dog-themed Brick Lane Art Car Boot Fair earlier this year. Yesterday we spent the day in the sunshine with a gazebo, a table full of art, a bag of dog biscuits, some spray cans, some recycled cardboard, and some recent canvas paintings. Good to get out of the art bubble and engage, and as brilliant as things like going to Margate or Liverpool or Folkestone with the Art Car Boot Fair is in terms of engaging and getting out of the gallery, it is still the art bubble. Yesterday was brilliant, yesterday was fun, yesterday was engaging with people in a different bubble, loads of good conversations, loads of good chat about how “oh art galleries aren’t for me, I don’t get all that stuff”, lots of dogs, lots of smiles and “what is that really about, I just don’t get it?”. Not for one second do we think art should be “dumbed down”, and yes, we love a white cube as much as anyone, but surely art really should engage now and again? Surely art should take a moment once in a while to reach beyond the various art crowds? The car park takeovers and the Chinese Opens and such are fine, surely it does sometimes need to reach beyond the insular feeling you get in those spaces though . We enjoyed yesterday, dog biscuit roulette is fun, dogs always liked coming in through our open Vyner street corner door, we loved taken it to the dogs yesterday, all dogs, and indeed all people, matter.
And while we’re here, couple of parish noticeboard type notices. First up, yer man Stik has a rather impressively worthy charity print release happening this week…
Street Artist Stik to raise £50,000 for NHS hospital. Here comes the press release – “International Street Artist Stik is known across the globe from New York to Tokyo and his work hangs in some of the world’s most prestigious collections but his latest print ‘Sleeping Baby’ is being launched in his local NHS hospital.
All proceeds will go to the Homerton Hospital Regional Neurological Rehabilitation Unit (RNRU) Creative Media Room. The Trust offers long stay patients with acquired and traumatic brain injuries the chance to explore interactive art workshops as part of their rehabilitation and recovery. Funds will actively enable the Trust to develop and expand an arts workshop service for the ECU (Elderly Care Unit) specially formulated for people with dementia”.
‘We created the NHS and will not let it be sold off. We have been left holding the baby and we are going to protect it’ -Stik
‘This is an incredible act of generosity from Stik. His support will enable us to expand and develop our arts programme for patients, staff and visitors’ – Art Curator Shaun Caton.
The 112cm x 85cm hand-pulled silkscreen print (on Somerset Paper) is called Sleeping Baby. The print comes in four editions of 25 – a red edition, a yellow one, a silver one and an NHS Blue Edition. A total on one hundred prints, sold on a strictly ‘First Come First Served’ basis on Thursday 24th September 2015 (5-8pm) at the The Education Centre, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust., Homerton Row, London E9 6SR Here’s the link for more details or to Stik’s own website
Spill Your Guts is an exhibition opening at The Underdog gallery on Friday 2nd October. An exhibition of artwork to honour the life of Ish Sahotay. The Six Artists of varied disciplines and styles have been invited to spill their creative guts over the walls of Underdog gallery culminating in an outpouring of street art, photography , live painting, and video work.
Featured artists are Charlie Mcfarley, Mikey Brain, Teddy Baden, Ish Sahotay, Seapuppy and Trav. The opening night also features an after party hosted by Road to Nowhere. (labyrinth SGP). Live painting by a host of different street artists will be taking place on the opening night and continued over the course of the opening weekend, sat 3rd & sun 4th Oct (12 until 5pm).and the show runs from the 3rd until the 9th October, The Spill Your Guts exhibition was originally conceived by artists Charlie Mcfarley and good friend Ish Sahotay before his tragic and untimely passing in July. “This exhibition is our salute to a fallen comrade” so said Charlie.
The Underdog gallery is at Arch 6, Crucifix lane, London, SE1 3JW, Opening night is on Friday 2nd October , 6pm until 9pm, the show then runs until 9th October, the Underdog Gallery opening hours are Sat/Sun 12-5pm and weekdays 11am – 7pm. More from the Underdog website