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. The organisation currently exists in several strands of activity: as a website, tours, events, printed magazine and its festival, the Art Licks Weekend.

Director: Holly Willats
Festival Assistant Coordinator: Lily Hall
Learning Coordinator: Jenny Ohlson

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 will keep you in touch and right on date with what is going on in the emerging London art scene. Art Licks seeks out the best up-and-coming artist run spaces, artist collectives, curatorial groups, exhibitions, performances 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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“We all had a great time on the Art Licks tour and will promote it to all our friends. Two of our delegates said it was the best part of our “British Art Show” study visit to London. Perfect arrangements, very diverse and entertaining programme, excellent!”—Dr. Elke Ritt, Head Arts and Creative Industries, The British Council, Berlin

Art Licks runs regular paid walking tours in Hackney, Bermondsey and Peckham. Taking up to 15 people, these tours highlight and promote the younger generation of London artists, curators and spaces, actively taking audiences to visit and meet them.

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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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