As much as we love the V&A and Tate, it’s time to pay some attention to the heaps of burgeoning galleries in the city. Launching this year, Art Licks Weekend is a three-day event for young non-commercial galleries, not-for-profit projects and artist-run spaces to open to the public with events and exhibitions of emerging talent. The festival (starting today until Sunday) will take place across south and east London – areas that have always been a hub of creativity – with over 70 spaces, showcasing the work of 250 artists.
Make sure you stop by at A Brooks Art on Hoxton Street, who will be hosting Opera Rose, the 3D acrylic and PVA sculptures of Jonathan Gabb and visit Rachel Reupke’s exhibition Wine & Spirits, which will be held in not-for-profit Cell Project Space. Other highlights include the ‘Performance as Publishing’ showcase at Rowing on Holloway Road and Space in Between’s series of panel discussions and screenings about the work on show. The event is free and open to all, and there are also paid tours you can book of galleries in Hackney, Hackney Wick, Bermondsey and Peckham over the weekend.
For the full programme or to book a tour go to artlicksweekend.com