Art Licks launched in 2010 and has since grown to provide an essential platform and voice for the lesser-known and under-represented activities that form the grassroots of visual culture in London. Art Licks exists as a website, tours, printed magazine, learning programme, commissioning programme and annual London-wide festival: the Art Licks Weekend, all supporting the work of artists at a critical early stage in their careers, providing the situation to create new networks & audiences. This has become vital given the financial pressures on UK-based artists with increased costs of living, lack of studio provision & competitive funding streams.

Director: Holly Willats
Advisory Group: Pio Abad, Holly Graham, Anna Hart, Deborah Herring, Lawrence Lek, Sophie Risner, José da Silva, George Vasey

Art Licks was founded in response to a frustration that information about independent initiatives was not easily accessible to the public, but by word of mouth and exclusive networks. Art Licks offers promotion to these spaces through its weekly listing of events and exhibitions.

The weekly listing presents exhibitions and events from artist run spaces, project spaces, galleries, collectives, curatorial groups and non-profit galleries and organisations.

Art Licks also has an Opportunities listing, which includes available studios, open calls and competitions for artists.

In October 2010 Art Licks launched its printed magazine. This unique magazine is a pioneering, discursive space for the voice of artists and curators to sound out new and experimental ideas and projects. The Art Licks magazine is important as it offers support to young creatives at a critical point in their career.
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The annual Art Licks Weekend celebrates the contribution that emerging artists and grassroots projects make to the cultural life of London. For the three-day festival, artist-run projects, curatorial collectives and young galleries across the city open up their spaces for the public, with free events and exhibitions of young artists' work.

The Art Licks Weekend has been funded by: Arts Council England, Cockayne Grants for the Arts, The London Community Foundation, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, Outset, Chelsea Arts Club Trust, Southwark Council and the Art Licks Weekend Patrons; and sponsored by Cass Art.
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For 2017, Art Licks launched a commissioning programme that offers new opportunities for artists to make work for Art Licks exhibitions and events. 2017 projects include House Work and On the heights.
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Art Licks runs regular paid walking tours in Hackney, New Cross and Peckham. Taking up to 15 people, these tours actively introduce audiences to new project spaces, studios and independent galleries.
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This film was made by Leila Hussein and Vilja Achte as part of the REcreative Film School. For six weeks in February-March 2013, six young filmmakers were mentored by professional filmmakers while responding to a creative brief set by the REcreative Editorial Board to make content for the site. The Film School is part of REcreative's commitment to creating and supporting professional development opportunities for young people interested in the arts.

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