Art Licks Weekend 2019: Interdependence

For its seventh year, the Art Licks Weekend takes on the theme of Interdependence: considering how participating projects work within a network of friendship, exchange and shared dialogue.

For its seventh year, the Art Licks Weekend (17-20 October) takes on the theme of Interdependence: considering how participating projects work within a network of friendship, exchange and shared dialogue.

Grassroots projects have often been described as ‘independent’ but this implies being in isolation, outside of the system; and this does not fully reflect how people are now working today. Instead, these projects and practices depend on community and rely on exchange and support from one another.

The Art Licks Weekend presents projects that thrive through collaboration, and share a cooperative mentality: programmes that develop through alternative economies of reciprocity. This is a community that acknowledges the importance of 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 Art Licks Weekend 2019: Interdependence is about collectivism; positively depending on, and trusting one another as forms of production and art making.

The festival programme is comprised of exhibitions and events in response to the festival theme, from projects based in London and some based across the country, hosted by a selection of London spaces.

Finally, this year will see the launch of an Art Licks Weekend radio station run in partnership with TACO! and RTM. Commissioned artworks will be broadcast daily, alongside scheduled content from arts practitioners nationwide. The radio will act as a forum for further conversation around the festival’s theme of Interdependence and the questions it prompts.

2019 Partners include thus far: Artquest, Cubitt, east bristol contemporary, Flint, Gasworks, Recent Activity, RTM, TACO!, The NewBridge Project

Art Licks Weekend 2019 Advisory Group: Holly Graham, Anna Hart, Deborah Herring, Lawrence Lek, Sophie Risner, José da Silva, and George Vasey.

The Art Licks Weekend 2019 is funded by Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts