Winter Lights by Laura Bianchessi

So the last two weeks in London has been all about the lights!
While Lumiere Festival invaded Soho and King’s Cross, literally, as the crowds made it almost impossible to enjoy some of the works, “far east” in Canary Wharf the Winter Light Festival had great works and a less stressful audience.
As a lover of everything that’s lights and colours (and art of course), I couldn’t miss a chance to walk around some bright sculptures and installations in one of the parts of the city that, let’s admit it, I tend not to consider too much when taking a stroll.
Open for almost two weeks, Winter Light seemed less vast and ambitious (or advertised) then its central London counterpart, but it didn’t fail to fascinate and excite, rather, without the squeezing through the throng, I found it more interesting and enjoyable.
18 international artists and designers spread their works around the area, showcasing sculptures, structures and installations created with different forms of light technology.
Here are some of my best bits!
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Fantastic Planet by Amanda Parer

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Bit.Fall by Julius Popp

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My Light is Your Light by Alaa Minawi

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A Parallel Image by Gebhard Sengmuller

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A Parallel Image by Gebhard Sengmuller

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The Luminous City by Nathaniel Rackowe

 

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The piece that really interacted with the people was The Pool by Jen Lewin Studio in Montgomery Square. Everybody was running and jumping on the fields of whirl pooling lights, changing colour with the weight of the interactions and creating mesmerising patterns. I couldn’t resist trying it myself and taking the compulsory selfie!

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Why, Hello There 2016! – By Corrina Eastwood

So here we are! A new year and time to look back at all we achieved in the last.

2015 really was a great one for us, now Sweet ‘Art is 4 years old and we are loving being a mischievous toddler of the art world!

2015 started with a bang with Y Not? Our 2nd show in celebration of International women’s day. We partnered with two amazing creative organisations for an ambitious international collaboration. We loved working with Lensational, who empower women through photography in Pakistan and Indonesia and the LPM gallery who act as a creative hub in the heart of Austin, Texas. There was great art, international connectedness and solidarity, vagina cupcakes and Y fronts! We want to say a big thanks to Courvoisier for their sponsorship and support. We are now planning our next IWD show that will take place in March this year, but more about that later.

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The following month in April saw the launch of our curating and events management services and to start us off we were hired by the great people at Lyrix Organix and Gifted Auction to help curate an auction event at Canvas Restaurant in Chelsea. The event was a great success and raised a generous amount of money for the Education For The Children charity.

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On a roll, April became a busy month as we also were asked by Gabrielle at arts mag dressedandnaked to events manage their launch party. We had an amazing time with this one. It was one awesome arty party with live art, interactive artworks, great music and a lot of drinks! Big thanks to Karma Cola for their support.

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In the summer we embarked on our most ambitious project to date and in mid August Shoreditch was treated to Sweet ‘Arts first Summer Festival. We teamed up with young curator Shannon Rose and several venues including Juno bar, The Looking Glass Cocktail Bar and the Espacio Gallery for the week long festival that boasted 3 opening parties (Punch, Salad Days and Queen of Art’s), art, music, live art, workshops and London’s first ever art bar crawl! We were super excited to be sponsored by the mighty Sailor Jerry Rum that kept us in cocktails for all of our events and Vita Coco who quenched our hangover thirst! Big thanks to them. Even London Live came down to feature the whole event on their Live In London program.

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October proved to be another busy month with us being asked by director of the Art for Action charity to curate an exhibition of paintings, film and photography created with and inspired by, work with refugees. As if that didn’t keep us busy enough we also hosted our first ever Halloween special, Don’t Look Now, with spooky and macabre art, interactive manifestations, gruesome edibles, dressing up, horror life drawing and a horror short film night! Big thanks to Proper Corn for sponsorship.

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As some of you may know I have also been keeping busy with launching an arts therapy charity called Outskirts with the hope of supporting vulnerable women and other marginalized groups through the arts. I feel so unbelievably lucky to have so many artist friends who have become part of the Sweet ‘Art family and I was able to call on their support for The Art Take Away, a Sweet ‘Art hosted event to raise funds for Outskirts. Artists donated beautiful art works to be sold, so we saw the year out with selling gourmet art at take away prices at the Espacio Gallery, who generously donated their upper gallery space for the evening event. We can’t thank them enough.

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Outskirts trustees are still in the process of counting funds raised but it’s looking to be a healthy amount to get Outskirts on its feet! Big, big thanks an hugs to all that donated, bought works and spread the word, including London live who came to cover the event. Works that have gone unsold will be back in the Sweet Shop on the Sweet ‘Art website very soon, so there will still be a chance to grab a bargain and donate to supporting the vulnerable through the arts.

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….and now, what’s in store for 2016! Well, we have a lot planned already and our first adventure will be our next International Women’s Day Show in March. We already have our venue booked, the gorgeous Hoxton Arches Gallery in Shoreditch. Do check out our call for artists! The deadline is the 12th Feb so get submitting!

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With that in mind we are also excited to announce that we have a new way of calculating our exhibiting fees that we think you will like. Up until now we have calculated a flat exhibiting fee for all participating artists based on our projected outgoings for each show, the primarily outgoing cost being the quirky and awesome venues we source when considering the vibe of each show.

We have always felt it was the fairest way to go about charging exhibiting fees but have recently wondered if we couldn’t make things even more inclusive for artists with varying budgets and creative needs.

So we have come up with a new charging system that we hope will be just that!

We now have 3 exhibiting options based on what we consider to be SMALL, MEDIUM or LARGE spaces within a chosen venue. The charges for each option are still on a sliding scale, depending on our projected outgoings for a specific show.

When completing your submission form you will now need to check boxes indicating whether you are interested in a SMALL, MEDIUM or LARGE exhibition space.

SMALL: An exhibiting space of approximately 50cm2

MEDIUM:  Approximately between 50cm – 150cm2

LARGE: Approximately over 150cm2

The requested space can accommodate one chosen work or several, depending on the size of your work. We hope this will ensure that we can continue to be able to curate our shows in the same dynamic way, while making our pricing fairer.

We hope you agree!

For more information on our new charging system do check out our new and improved submissions form and help page.

We really hope you enjoyed a little reminiscing about our ace 2015! Here’s to an even more ambitious, creative and fun 2016!

Happy New Year Sweet ‘Arts!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM CHAR, CORRINA AND THE SWEET ‘ART GANG!!