Hackney WickED Launches Full Fledged East End Arts Festival 28-30 July

Hackney Wick-ed 2017

London’s most exciting art’s festival celebrate a Summer of Love at Hackney WickED DIY Open Studios (28th – 30th July) For one weekend only, art lovers from across London and the world are invited to Explore the labyrinth of spaces that make up “London’s creative square mile”, be Inspired and Buy new art works from a range of artists – from renowned international names to the exciting new generation of the grassroots scene, students, and everything in between.

“What people don’t realise about Hackney WickED is the honesty of the festival”

“What people don’t realise about Hackney WickED is the honesty of the festival; it is made from the energy of the artists… It really is quite different to any other festivals that people will have gone to. Go to Hackney WickED for a real artist festival! – Gavin Turk – Hackney WickED Patron

With more than 20 creative spaces joining forces the jam-packed schedule running throughout the weekend includes exhibitions, dance, music, theatre, art installations, live art, tours, workshops, jams, cafes, markets, evening fringe events & more.

A snapshot of the many activities includes offering visitors the rare opportunity to view studios of over 150 of London’s leading contemporary artists from SPACE Studios, Stour Space, Mother X and more; Hackney Wick Group Show in partnership with Gavin Turk, opportunity to view Studio Wayne McGregor in rehearsal; Hackney Wick Floating Museum of narrow boats exhibiting sculpture; open workshops at the London Centre for Book Arts; Hackney Wick life drawing classes, #SaveHackneyWick’s ‘Dis’place’ themed panel talks & performances, Gay Photographers Network Annual Exhibition at Arebyte Gallery, Artigon’s Emerge Exhibition at Stour Space, The Yard & Hub 67 Community Celebration with creative activities for all ages, Live Art Development Agency’ ‘Leaving Party’ & more

A full rage of wick-ed events awaits you
A full rage of wick-ed events awaits you

This year Hackney WickED successfully applied for Arts Council England funding that will enable a range of commissioned work, engagement with the local businesses, and Open Studio bursaries to help artists develop their spaces for the weekend.

The weekend kicks-off on Friday from 6 pm with the official Private View of the Hackney WickED Group Show at Here East, co-curated by HW’ED Patron Gavin Turk, HW’ED Director Anna Maloney & friends. RSVP HERE

The intention is to showcase Hackney Wick’s diverse range of artists and talents and explore the inside workings of the artist studio, outside of its natural habitat of warehouses and yards. It may also be a representation of inner emotions, ideas, shadows and trauma expressed outwardly and publicly at a time of great change in and around Hackney Wick.

Although this is a vulnerable time for the community, Hackney WickED aims to create a union, a ‘bridge’ between the existing creative community and the new comers to the area within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, forging positive new relationships and opportunities for artists to be supported, acknowledged and continue to thrive in the changing landscape, and not become extinct.   Book Free Festival Tickets Here 

Hackney Wick.THINGS TO DO

Full Weekend programme of events & gallery openings coming soon but scroll down for a glimpse of some of the events planned for the Open Studios weekend:

Artigon Presents: Emerge Stour Space

The second exhibition of emerging and graduate artists’ works by Artigon, an art platform that was created to support and maintain emerging and graduate artists.

UNititled: Installation by Marie Louise Jones Mother X (Top Floor)

A mixed-media installation comprising of film, sculpture, and a live soundscape composed by experimental musicians, the UNtitled installation features contemporary urban materials that combine and contrast with organic forms from the natural landscape.

LADA’s Leaving Yard Sale

LADA is leaving Hackney Wick after 5 years. To mark our departure and celebrate our time at The White Building, we’re holding an open day and Yard Sale inc Screenings, a Live Art Auction, Market, Raffle & performance live performance from LADA’s Board member Katherine Araniello.

White Post Café Open Studio Weekend

The Cafe will be bustling mix of multi media arts, music and film screenings, brought to you by the Leftover Collective, Creative Wick Film School, Cedric Christie’s Corridor Gallery, Floating Museum, Pleasures All Day BBQ, MixMotel and more

Creative Wick Film School Screening

Grow The Grow Village Fete hopes to create a spectacle within a Spectacle, which frees us, even for a moment. This Village Fete will focus on collaboration. Through interactions, sociality, and play we will attempt to disentangle ourselves from our everyday lives.

Hackney WickED: Community Celebration

Hub 67 & The Yard Let’s celebrate summer in Hackney Wick!

Join us at The Yard Theatre and Hub67, The Yard’s Community Centre, for a day of free events and creative activities for all ages. BBQ, Face painting, art workshops, music, tours and talks about The Yard, Gainsborough School Zine Exhibition, storytelling & More

Coconut Jam Session

Grow The Coconut Jam Session features the band Three Soundman and A Bassist, and Selectors from the Black Cat Sound System of Fish Island. Strickly roots and culture vibrations with at least 50% improvised content. The jam is open to all musicians who love roots music.

Gavin The Patron Saint of Hackney Wick
Gavin Turk The Patron Saint of Hackney Wick

Gavin Turk exhibition ‘Transit’ Béton Brut

Gavin Turk is one of Britain’s most renowned artists. In ‘Transit’ he presents a new series of etchings derived from the exhaust emissions of his white van. ‘Transit’ etchings will be rehung especially for Hackney Wicked festival. The artwork sits alongside Béton Brut’s collection of 20th-century furniture and lighting.


Join The Hive for a weekend with contemporary art, live performances, photography, immersive installations, drinks and music. An artistic programme created in collaboration with international emerging artists. Final copies of Contemporary Lynx magazine will be available to purchase along with photobooks and other artistic publications.

Matryoshka: Hackney Wick Open Studios edition. A stellar lineup for our f***l edition?

Music : Hotdoggirl and the Sesame Buns, Years of Denial, Tulia Benedicta, Sculpture, LukeHekate, Onkalo, James Manning, Las Capivaras & More TBA

Films & Visuals : Onkalo, Kent Hugo, FLMRS

Creative Wick Film School Screenings

White Post Cafe The 2017 Creative Wick Film School ran from March to May and gave a select group of young people from East London the opportunity to work with professional film makers from Hackney Wick and Fish Island to make their first short film.

DIARIES of the cities Gaia Pulses

An ongoing photographic project of the Italian graphic designer Marco Belardinelli. His passion for photography and travelling blend together in a form of observation of the reality.

Slick Wick Stour Space

THE LMNade Associates & #UNiTY crew (THE SAME GUYS WHO BRING YOU JAMUARY) present their first ever summer dance jam and party at Stour Space. Come down and celebrate 6 months of our continuous free dance sessions POWER SPACE.

Studio Wayne McGregor Open Studio

Studio Wayne McGregor will open its doors to allow visitors the rare opportunity to view Company Wayne McGregor in rehearsal, attend a sharing event from the Summer School programme and to tour the exciting new creative space. The event is free to attend, but please RSVP!

Save Hackney Wick’s Open Studio Weekend

A year since launching the SaveHackneyWick Campaign during Hackney WickED 16’, with 3 days of music under the banner ‘Wickstock’, neighbours have relentlessly worked together over the past 12 months to preserve the unique character + spirit of the area.

Gay Photographers Network Annual Exhibition

Arebyte (Wallis Road)o

The collaborative group show GPN17 brings together an eclectic mix of new contemporary images by more than 30 photographic artists. The exhibition features imagery from both established and emerging practitioners and features a wide range of subjects, characters, and moods.

London Centre for Book Arts Brittania Works

LCBA will be running demos using their presses, and will have artist books and prints for sale. Their new book being launched and on general release from August will be available for sale exclusively at LCBA over this Open Studio Weekend!


A multi media, site specific  Butoh performance conceived by Mai NGUYEN TRI, Stuart GLENDAY and Xuan SINDEN.

An exploration of the issue of DISPLACEMENT, currently faced by many Hackney Wick artists, through the metaphor of the hermit crab and its many shells.

Theatre at The Yard The Yard Theatre’s First Drafts Theatre Festival gives over 20 artists the chance to try out their work on a willing audience. Make sure to catch 2 of the shows during the Hackney WickED DIY Open Studios 2017 weekend; -29th July – llinca Radulian’s Roulette Player  -28th 29th July – Rachael Young’s Nightclubbing

Bouldering Center Open Studio

A new pop up climbing wall with a hidden artistic gem. Anyone is free to come and have a look at our hidden artistic gem. If you’d like to have a go at climbing at the same time you can use the PROMO CODE: WICKED to get an intro course for just £10

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