Happy New Year from Sweet ‘Art!!!………..and to mark the end of an amazing first year we have decided a Sweet ‘Art blog is just what’s needed! We want to launch our blog with giving you an overview of all the fun we had in 2013 and also to ask for your help in making 2014 even better.
So to start us off lets cast our minds back to those awesome vagina cakes! In March we launched with our first show in aid of international women’s day as part of the One Billion Rising campaign while raising funds for Wise Dolls, a charity supporting female survivors of domestic violence through arts therapies. We showed the work of 40 artists from all over the world in a celebration of the achievements and contributions of women as well as a critique of the way in which women are perceived, shaped and contained within society.
Held at the atmospheric Crypt Gallery, St Pancras, we hosted a fun private view event with over 400 guests enjoying drinks courtesy of our sponsors Asahi and Black Cow vodka and of course those delicious vagina cakes. Highlights were the incredible digital fashion installation by Shara Hayz where guests were invited to drink at the Futuritual alter in the depth of the Crypt, and the haunting instillation of Laura Jean Healy who’s film Siren was projected life size, seamlessly into one of the Crypts eerie caverns. The after party wasn’t too bad either apparently although most of us have a hazy memory!
Next up was our hotly anticipated Summer Show that took place at the Espacio Gallery in Bethnel Green, only a stones throw away from Brick Lane for a sneaky bagel. We did eat a special amount of bagels but worked incredibly hard on this show and it was one hell of an arty party, with the mighty Sipsmith as our sponsors our guests enjoyed their delicious summer cup while relaxing on deckchairs, taking a break from viewing the art of over 30 artists in the mediums of painting, illustration and sculpture. To fit perfectly with our end of pier vibe we invited the wonder that is JoWOnder to perform ‘JoWOnder and the Psychic tealeaves’ on the private view night. Her spooky entrance causing quite a stir on the Bethnal Green road!
Then we had a mini event, ‘Aneurithms’ that brought together the work of two artists Sweet ‘Arts Jerome Beresford and director Corrina Eastwood who’s work visually and conceptually explored the contrast and tension that can be created between a desire for precision and an appreciation of the beauty in error. A First Thursday event and with Sipsmith on board again it was quite difficult to get people to leave the Wayward Gallery on Vyner St for the private view night! People loved our Sweet ‘Art anatomical heart cakes (which are getting quite a name for themselves we hear) and a collaborative interactive installation where visitors where invited to create their own Aneurithms art work by moving their bodies in front of a sensor and projector. Sounds complicated but proved to be awesome fun!
The Espacio Gallery were so impressed with our Summer Show they asked us back and we finished the year with the packed-out Freeze show in December. This was our most ambitious and fun show to date and with sponsors like Ocado and old favourites Sipsmiths, guests enjoyed winter cocktails, mulled wine and mince pies around the Sweet ‘Art Christmas tree and the amazing talent of a range of works by over 40 artists. This included fun winter themed instillations involving a magical kinetic interactive snowstorm though a Narnia style wardrobe created by the Sweet ‘Art team as well as lots of brussel sprouts courtesy of super talent Siân Spicer!
All works were sized A3 and under, with the aim to supplying London with a choice of art Christmas gifts that could be carried home on the tube and with a shop-in-shop from hot designer brand Maison Twenty, with art t-shirts for sale lots of people had some pleasing gifts in their stockings this year thanks to our amazing artists. We also raised a generous amount of money for our chosen charity Shooting Star Chase with thanks to our sponsors Bodos Schloss who donated an amazing raffle prize. We even saw our first Sweet ‘Art marriage proposal at Freeze, congrats Mark and Mark!!!
So its been quite a year and that’s not to mention our Box Park pop up with Jester Jacques, artists portraits by the likes Louis Orchison, working with amazing photographers such a Richard Edwards and all the fun filming promos, attending events and meeting new amazing people including our incredible intern Karina Geddes who’s hair often matches our logo!
So what will 2014 bring?
Well watch this space, and with this space in mind we would like to invite you to get involved with our blog! Are you an artist who would like to add a blog post about your current practice for us to share? Have you seen a great inspiring exhibition lately you would like to shout about and have your musing published here? How about seen a great film or read a great art book, or a rubbish one for that matter? Well let us know by emailing us your work. We can’t wait to hear from you.