The Art Licks Weekend

4-6 October 2013

Art Licks first launched its website in January 2010 and has since grown to provide an essential platform and voice to the lesser-known and under-represented activities that form the grass roots of visual culture in London. We are very excited to now announce our new annual project: the Art Licks Weekend.

The Art Licks Weekend celebrates the creative energy of the young London art scene. For this three-day festival young galleries, not-for-profit projects, artist-run spaces and independent curatorial projects will be open to the public with exhibitions of work by emerging artists and special events.

The dominant picture of the capital’s creative sector is one that does not represent the wealth of projects happening, establishing, and renewing amongst younger artists and projects in spaces outside of central London. The AL Weekend represents this side of the capital’s art scene and recognises the work as valid and substantial. Such galleries are risk-takers, setting themselves up on their own initiative, often with little or no funding, and the work produced is exciting, relevant and innovative.

It is important that we support these initiatives and individuals, and celebrate their contribution to the diverse cultural landscape of London as they form the future of its art scene. The AL Weekend offers a positive outlet for young artists, curators and gallerists at a critical point in their careers, to build new networks and relationships with audiences.

Art Licks will engage with local groups, families and schools to improve access to the arts, with tours of the AL Weekend to encourage an open dialogue between galleries, artists, curators, the local public and young people.

If you are running a space or project and are keen to be involved in the AL Weekend programme, then we’d like to hear from you. A Proposal Form for the festival can be downloaded from

Artquest: Partner Digital Partner

REcreative: Education/Outreach Partner (South)

The Art Licks Weekend 2013 is supported by Arts Council England, the Chelsea Arts Club Trust and the AL Weekend Patrons.

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