PRESS RELEASE: Cultivate presents Fragile and more pro-active cross-pollination…


Cutivate returns once more to Dalston and that beautiful basement gallery known as BSMT Space for the third in a trilogy of artist-led group shows  .

Opening on Thursday February 9th at 6pm, Fragile will be another gathering of pro-active artists and another maximalist exercise in artist-led cross-pollination. A room alive with contemporary painters, street art flavours, performers, print makers and more….

Opening on Thursday evening and then a short sharp shock of a show through the weekend and closing on Sunday, no messing about, just artists, walls, people and….  Once more this is about taking art and artists out of those comfortable little boxes that the London art scene appears to need, mixing things up, messing with the rules, nothing fragile.

Last time show curators Emma Harvey and Sean Worrall invited a wallpaper printer (currently hanging in the V&A), alongside a street artist currently painting East London walls, a London dress-maker currently raging against London Fashion week, a contemporary painter currently exploring the view found through a circle, a performance artist freshly returned from her LA performance next to a pro-active artist still questioning the destruction of the mining communities, this time…. well come and see

Opening night is on Thursday 9th Feb, 6-9pm at BSMT Space, 5d Stoke Newington, Dalston (then open Fri, Sat, Sun February 10th – 12th, 11am until 6pm)

OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCES: Amy Kingsmill, Marnie Scarlet


Emma and I shall be pulling the  final bits of the line up together in the coming days, we like to hold back a little space for some spontaneous last minute gathering together of things like a banner or two from that Anti-Trump Woman’s March last week (have you got one? Did you see Cait’s, she’d call him what?). Expect a couple more names to be added to the Fragile list before the window closes.

BSMT SPACE is at 5d Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, London N16 8BH

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BLUE ART LIST Press release: Five years on from that infamous September First Thursday with the naked honey covered red men..


Five years on from that infamous September First Thursday with the naked honey covered red men, the messy punk band in the back of a truck, the opening of Cultivate in a space that 24 hours before had been a storage room for a junk shop and full of old beds and all kinds of diabolical rubbish (we picked up the keys in the afternoon, cleared it out and three hours later we had a First Thursday exhibition open and a group show hung on the walls of a new gallery. We’d put the word out and invited artists the night before, people turned up with art and drills, rolled up their sleeves and it all came together), the story is taken up on the Organ magazine pages

There’s been something like 150 solo shows, group shows, events and more cultivated now, but rather than celebrate the fifth birthday and Cultivate shows in Vyner Street, in East London warehouses, in North London basements, on streets, under railway bridges, in car parks, rather than spend time celebrating the first five years we’d rather get on with the next things…

debased_sept2016This September Cultivate returns to Dalston and that beautiful basement known as BSMT Space. In March it was Debaser and slicing up eye balls, on September 22nd it will be Debased.

Debased will be nother gathering of pro-active artists and a maximalist exercise in cross-pollination. A room alive with contemporary painters, so-called street artists, performers, print makers and more gathered together by Cultivate’s Sean Worrall and Emma Harvey…. Watch this space…. Opening on Thursday evening and then a short sharp shock of a show with events  through the weekend and closing on Sunday, no messing about, just artists, walls, people, oil paint, spray paint, fabric, zines, performance and more….

Full artist line up and lots more about Debased and Cultivate at BSMTspace coming up very soon, watch this space….

aaa_cultevolved_dogs2016v2Oh and because art should engage and because all dogs matter, we shall be taking Cultivate to the Victoria Park dog show again this coming Sunday 11th September

Sean Worrall
Emma Harvey

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BLUE ART LIST press release11: Opening this Thursday, Debaser, an art show underground…

Debaser: Cultivating in a basement, artists doing it ourselves, doing it on our terms…
debaser_march2016v2The next Cultivate event will happen this week at the rather exciting BSMT Space over in Dalston, London N16. A cross-pollinating group show curated by Cultivate the team of Sean Worrall and Emma Harvey, the busy show will open on Thursday evening March 24th at 6pm, all are welcome.

“We’re not about grand manifestos or wordy statements or cultivating a new whatever, we’re simply about proactive artists just getting on and doing it, we’re about making art happen on our terms, we’re about the artists who excite us enough to make us want to share our space with them…”

Once again, in the style of the recent Reveal and Play shows (one in an East London railway arch, the other in a condemned warehouse), Debaser will be a coming together of artistic styles, expect the more adventurous rule-breaking side of street art jousting with contemporary fine artists, print makers, painterly painters, performers and more. Expect a four day gathering of pro-active artists in a rather exciting basement art space over in Dalston. London N16.


Cultivate - Play...

Cultivate – Play…

Debaser will open on Thursday evening March 24th at 6pm (open until 9pm) and then run from 11am until 7pm from Friday March 25th until Sunday March 27th


BSMT Space can be found at 5D Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 8BH. Just up from Dalston Overground station, on the main high street, just by the Vortex and such…If I were you, I’d come on the Friday when Ridley Road Market was in full swing…

In the next few months. as the days grow longer, expect Cultivate events to happen on a boat on the Regent’s canal, in  amongst the glorious colour of a tailor’s shop in East London, back under a railway bridge in Hackney, in an open-air square at the foot of Tower Bridge, and just maybe in a conventional art gallery or two as well, oh and back at the Brick Lane Art Car Boot Fair on Sunday June 12th, always one of our favourite days of the year  Cultivate will be five this year, five years of doing it our way…

For more information, images, or to talk to the artists or anyone involved in the show please contact Ellie at the Blue Art List by return of e.mail – cultivate.studio43 at


BLUE ART LIST press release no10: Have you checked out London’s BSMT Space yet?

bsmt_headerLondon’s artscape is evolving, galleries and spaces are disappearing; gentrification, property developers, London is losing those vital alternative underground art spaces, but over in Dalston there’s an exciting new space bucking the disturbing trend….

BSMT Space is a contemporary project space situated right in the heart of Dalston (London N16). The beautifully located underground basement space opened last year…

The basement gallery space has already hosted an number of significant contemporary art shows, street art events and exhibitions that dance to their own rhythms, including last year’s excellent Doing Lines show as well as the acclaimed Death in Dalston exhibition

bsmt_reshapeThe BSMT Space program continues tonight, Thursday March 3rd, with an enticing group show called RESHAPE – a show featuring Joe Furlong / Mr Wim / Krom Balgesky / Lady Gonzalez / Vesna Parchet  – five artists “who have been affected and moulded directly by the closure and disregard of autonomous practical creative space in the face of rampant and irresponsible gentrification projects throughout the capital”. Reshape runs until March 10th.

BSMT Space will then collaborate with Cultivate curators Sean Worrall and Emma Harvey. The now nomadic Cultivate will follow the recent ” Reveal – An Art Show in a Railway Arch” with a show at BSMT Space entitled DEBASER – An Art Show in a Basement. Debaser will bring together a cross-pollination of contemporary painters, performers, street artists and more for a show that opens in the basement space on Thursday evening March 24th

debaser_march2016v2In April BSMT Space presents INFLATION – the first solo show by acclaimed Street Artist Fanakapan, opening on the 8th of April with a private viewing on April 7th. “One of the most impressive artists on the scene, with a style of his own that he continually redefines, Fanakapan is set to push the boundaries of his visual masterpieces further in what will be a stellar exhibition that you really won’t want to miss”. The show will run until April 21st.

The programme continues throughout the year with a number of exciting shows and events. More about BSMT SPACE very soon.


The basement art space can be found at 5D Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 8BHWEB: BSMT Space

bsmt_logoFor more information, images or to talk to the artists or anyone involved in the BSMT Space or the shows please contact Ellie at the Blue Art List by return of e.mail (cultivate.studio43 @

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