Lucy Sparrow’s Warmongery at Boxpark now open

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The Warmongery is the second in a series of large installations by Lucy Sparrow, the textile artist who brought the outstandingly successful Cornershop to East London in the summer of 2014. This is the artist’s fourth solo show and her third major installation in East London.

Visitors walking into The Warmongery will be entering an armoury where the walls are lined with an arsenal of felt guns, knives, pistols and explosives. Purchasers of weapons will receive a felt firearm licence while behind the counter there will be a range of biological and chemical weapons, dispensed from sweetshop jars. Shop assistants in full biohazard suits will be checking visitors to The Warmongery for traces of radiation and bacteria while the more discerning arms shopper will be able to discuss a range of bespoke felt nuclear devices with the artist.

For those who saw Lucy Sparrow’s Cornershop show in Bethnal Green, in 2014, The Warmongery will seem like an aggressive and slightly controversial older brother, but the artist is keen to emphasise that the weapons themselves aren’t inherently evil. The people who wield weapons are the evil in this equation. With weapons made entirely of felt, Sparrow hopes to ‘disarm’ the entire subject of weaponry and enable people to handle items that are entirely inert and completely unthreatening.

Lucy Sparrow has been making commentary on the important subject of mental health for some time and hopes that The Warmongery will focus the public’s attention on what drives people to extreme violence.

Sparrow comments, “The aim of The Warmongery is to draw people’s attention to what drives a few individuals to stockpile weapons and to ask why people are growing up in a world where a tiny minority feel so stressed and frustrated that they want to kill people. Although the exhibition isn’t intended to be a glorification of guns, what is clear is that obesity, alcohol, tobacco and drugs claim far more lives than firearms do in our high-stress society. Rather than banning guns we should look at better mental health treatment because if people are stressed they will always find a way to unleash their distress. The Warmongery hopes to decouple the subject of guns from mental illness.”

Despite the serious subject matter, The Warmongery promises to be an ingenious installation and is open for just a very short time. Visitors will judge for themselves what the artist is saying and engage with weapons in a way that will completely disarm the viewer.

Lucy Sparrow’s Warmongery is open to the public from Tuesday, 12th May 2015 at BOXPARK, 2 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6GY. All work will be available at www.thewarmongery.com from 2 May 2015.

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The Warmongery-New Solo show opening 12th May at Boxpark, London

The Warmongery

‘Love is a Warm Gun’

Unit 26, BOXPARK, 2 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6GY

12th-17th May

10am-6pm (8pm on Thursday)

The Warmongery is the second in a series of large installations by Lucy Sparrow, the textile artist who brought the outstandingly successful Cornershop to East London in the summer of 2014. This is the artist’s fourth solo show and her third major installation in East London.

Visitors walking into The Warmongery will be entering an armoury where the walls are lined with an arsenal of felt guns, knives, pistols and explosives. Purchasers of weapons will receive a felt firearm licence while behind the counter there will be a range of biological and chemical weapons, dispensed from sweetshop jars. Shop assistants in full biohazard suits will be checking visitors to The Warmongery for traces of radiation and bacteria while the more discerning arms shopper will be able to discuss a range of bespoke felt nuclear devices with the artist.

For those who saw Lucy Sparrow’s Cornershop show in Bethnal Green, in 2014, The Warmongery will seem like an aggressive and slightly controversial older brother, but the artist is keen to emphasise that the weapons themselves aren’t inherently evil. The people who wield weapons are the evil in this equation. With weapons made entirely of felt, Sparrow hopes to ‘disarm’ the entire subject of weaponry and enable people to handle items that are entirely inert and completely unthreatening.

Lucy Sparrow has been making commentary on the important subject of mental health for some time and hopes that The Warmongery will focus the public’s attention on what drives people to extreme violence.

Sparrow comments, “The aim of The Warmongery is to draw people’s attention to what drives a few individuals to stockpile weapons and to ask why people are growing up in a world where a tiny minority feel so stressed and frustrated that they want to kill people. Although the exhibition isn’t intended to be a glorification of guns, what is clear is that obesity, alcohol, tobacco and drugs claim far more lives than firearms do in our high-stress society. Rather than banning guns we should look at better mental health treatment because if people are stressed they will always find a way to unleash their distress. The Warmongery hopes to decouple the subject of guns from mental illness.”

Despite the serious subject matter, The Warmongery promises to be an ingenious installation and is open for just a very short time. Visitors will judge for themselves what the artist is saying and engage with weapons in a way that will completely disarm the viewer.

Lucy Sparrow’s Warmongery is open to the public from Tuesday, 12th May 2015 at BOXPARK, 2 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6GY. All work will be available at www.sewyoursoul.co.uk from 2 May 2015.

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Crowdfunding Talk featuring Lucy Sparrow-V&A Friday Late

Crowdfunding: Produced by the People

Friday 30 January
18.30-22.00

Crowdfunding is a phenomenon that has changed the landscape of design production and dissemination, allowing the most unexpected projects and products to become a reality.

January’s Friday Late celebrates the culture of the sharing economy, fuelled by viral internet campaigns and self-motivated individuals pooling their resources on platforms like Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Crowdfunder.

Meet the entrepreneurs behind urban projects, technological widgets and subversive performances, learn how to crowdfund your own project and experience the museum as it’s transformed into a marketplace of creative start-ups.

All events are free and places are designated on a first come, first served basis, unless stated otherwise. Filming and photography will be taking place at this event.

Please note, if the Museum reaches capacity we will allow access on a one-in, one-out basis.

#FridayLate

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Modern Panic SAT 8TH – SUN 16TH NOVEMBER 2014

MODERN PANIC V
Curated by James Elphick of Guerrilla Zoo 

A unique and powerful collection of surreal, controversial & provocative international artists.
Featuring (in alphabetical order)Karina Akopyan | Jean-Luc Almond | Rhine Bernardino
Anne ‘Blondie’ Bengard | Jules K. Bloom | James Bloomfield
Jean-Francois Bouron | Paul Micheal Browne | Christophe Richart Carrozza
Rowen Corkill | Freyja Dean | Olivier Dzo
H.R. Giger | Sandra Heeks | Orli Ivanov
Ann-Marie Johnson | Sequin Kay | Kayleigh O’Keefe
Shannon Rose Lane | Simon Lejeune | Iain Macarthur
Vort Man | Michelle Mildenhall | William Nagle
Dominic Negus | Demitri Nezis | Nihil
Stefy Pocket | Scabbage | Lucy Sparrow
Webbo | James Wheeldon | Trystan Williams
Charlotte Wosiek | Rococo Wonderland | Fred McVittie
[Artist Information]

LIVE ART PERFORMANCE
Phil Bedwell | Missa Blue | Bang Crosby
William Frampton | Bettina Fung | Amy Kingsmill
Venus Raven |
Twice Shy Theatre | Silvia Ziranek
[Live Artist Information]

MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED


OPEN TO PUBLIC
SAT 8TH – SUN 16TH NOVEMBER 2014
11am – 7pm
APIARY STUDIOS | 458 Hackney Road, London E2 9EG
£3 Admission | Support The Arts
ALL ART IS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE
via POP UP SHOP
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The Cornershop 1st-31st August 2014

Dear all, you are warmly invited to the opening night at The Cornershop on 1st August at 6pm. We’re then open everyday thereafter from 10am-7pm until 31st August.

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An art show truly worth making a fuzz about, Lucy Sparrow’s Cornershop is the fluffiest, furriest shopping experience imaginable. She’s filled a former derelict store in Bethnal Green with over 4,000 handmade felt versions of familiar grocery items – from fish fingers and cans of SPAM to sanitary towels and newspapers, rocket ice lollies and oven chips to ciggies, veggies, and what is most certainly the softest loo roll ever manufactured.

Every single thing inside the Cornershop – the till, the functioning pricing gun, the contents of freezers, the pick ‘n’ mix stand – is fashioned from fabric, and the whole lot took Lucy seven months to complete.

All her highly huggable versions of everyday essentials are for sale, but will stay in the store for a month, during which time a variety of sewing workshops will take place, designed to engage the local community (particularly individuals with autism and sectors often socially excluded) in relatable, accessible art that’s relevant to them and their neighbourhood and has been brought right to their doorstep. People can sign up to these workshops in the shop and group workshops for charities can be arranged through Lucy.

This exhibition has been supported by the Arts Council, Tower Hamlets Council and Kickstarter. The event is sponsored by Swizzel’s sweets.

Working at the intersection between contemporary craft, her previous works have included ‘Mini Structures’ – a series of supersoft London landmarks created for Time Out magazine – activist creations for Greenpeace, and exhibitions alongside notable street artists such as Banksy. Her creations often discuss issues spanning the politics of consumerism, sidelined social groups and mental wellbeing.

She’s a total softie.

OPENING NIGHT:

6pm-9pm, Friday 1st August 2014

Sponsored by Swizzels, opening night will feature free sweeties, performances from GuerillaZoo

THE CORNERSHOP IS THEN OPEN:

Every day, including Sundays, 10am-7pm, until Sunday 31st August.

19 Wellington Row, London E2 7BB

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The Cornershop Episode One

It may look rough and ready but come 1st August, everything will be top banana. Full details coming imminently.

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Six weeks until The Cornershop Opens

A relatively short update from me in terms of text mainly because I seem to have lost the ability to do anything apart from sew these last few months. Stringing sentences together has become a bit taxing.

Well, with six weeks to go, sometimes it feels like that’s loads of time and then it occurs to me that it’s frighteningly soon. Amazingly, I’m right on track with everything and the list is looking really good. I’ve forgotten half the stuff I made back in March and it seems like a lifetime ago. I feel like this is the last big push of making and then the rest is a mad PR campaign, lots of emails and invitations and printing.

I’m really sorry to everyone who has messaged me in the past couple of months and I haven’t replied. I’m honestly getting round to it but yeah, as I said, I’ve pretty much not left the house for a good few months now. I think I’ll really miss this intense time when it’s over and my day isn’t planned hour by hour and I don’t have an excuse to watch back to back episodes of Dateline.

So without further ado and rambling, here’s what you’re all here for and what wouldn’t be happening without any of you guys.

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Marburae Art Gallery, Influence | Contemporary visual arts exhibition OPENS THURS 5TH JUNE

Giant felt spray cans, visually bold and graphic illustrations looking at sexuality and a site specific projection influenced by William Morris’ pattern work. ‘Influence’ is set to be one of the most anticipated art exhibitions of the summer.

London based artist Lucy Sparrow, Polish born artist Marcelina Amelia and British Artist Kate Lynch will transform the gallery and the intersection between art and craft is explored within ‘Influence’ and is epitomised with Lucy Sparrow’s work. Lucy sets the agenda for textiles within the urban art scene and her felt giant spray cans epitomise this and steal the show wherever they are exhibited!

Lucy’s work has been shown alongside Banksy in the ‘Urban Art Takeover’ and the Victoria and Albert museums touring art show ‘ Urban Art Show’

In stark contrast to the bright, bold, felt work our influence exhibition also features the delicate experimental print work and site-specific projection inspired by William Morris and created by Artist Kate Lynch. For those of you, like us, who long over William Morris’ pattern work then this is an exhibition not to be missed!

Our third and final artist is Marcelina Amelia, Polish born and London based. Her illustrations draw together the urban and funkiness of Lucy’s work with the delicate line work of Kate Lynch’s pattern work. Her work consists of glorious bold illustrations that look at sexuality and relationships in a style that is inspired by German Expressionists Ernest Ludwig Kirchner and Egon Schiele.

Marburae Gallery is choosing to showcase 3 outstanding artists for ‘Influence’, in a twist to their usual exhibitions of 12 artists. This is in order to allow each artist space to showcase large projects that draw the viewer closer to the artist and their way of working.

The big opening for the exhibition will take place at Marburae Art Gallery at 7.30pm – 9.00pm on 5th June 2014. The exhibition will run from 5th June 2014 – 26th July 2014. For more information please visit www.artinmacclesfield.co.uk or follow the gallery on Twitter @artinmacc.

Marburae Art Gallery is a new space in Macclesfield dedicated to national and international contemporary visual Arts.

 

Exhibition open evening:

5th June 2014:  7.30pm – 9pm

Exhibition dates:

5th June 2014 – 26th July 2014

 

Location:                 

Marburae Gallery, Athey Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6QU

Monday – Saturday  9.30am – 5.00pm

Admission Free

 

Contact Marburae Gallery:

Kaite Helps, marburaegallery@gmail.com

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The Cornershop Marches On!

So you’re probably all thinking it’s about time Lucy updated us on her progress with The Cornershop….well you are right! For those of you following me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, you’ll have seen that the Cornershop is growing by the day. I’ve barely left the house and when it’s unavoidable, I’ve been taking my sewing with me everywhere I go which has resulting in me sewing in some pretty weird places and getting strange looks from everyone. Last Sunday, I went on my friend’s narrowboat and we sailed down the Thames. I sat on the roof getting sunburnt and sewing all the crisps section.

Apologies for not updating you all sooner but as you can imagine, it’s been wall to wall sewing and friends, family and basic hygiene has pretty much gone out the window in the last three weeks. I’m walking to and from the kettle in a daze, grasping the intimidating list and a fluorescent highlighter in my mouth.

In other news! I was on BBC Radio London talking about the Cornershop with Gaby Roslin and you can listen to it here:

To make up for the lack of updates however, I’m now going to inundate you with photos of what I’ve been up to. As always, if you want to see more progress, please follow me on:

Instagram: sewyoursoul

Twitter: @sewyoursoul

Or just follow either of my blogswww.sewyoursoul.co.uk www.thecornershopblog.com

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Canned goods & Confectionery

Hi Feltfans,

I haven’t updated you in a while as predictably, I’ve been sewing my little heart out but boy, have I got some treats to show you! The canned goods section is 90% finished, the confectionery is at about 70% and I’m well on my way with the cigarettes and tobacco. I’ve been taking lots of photos as I go to keep you all updated with the progress so enjoy! Don’t forget, I’m also on Instagram as sewyoursoul, Twitter as @sewyoursoul and here on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sew-Your-Soul-Art-by-Lucy-Sparrow/101382316577592?fref=ts

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