Art Licks #24

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This issue of Art Licks magazine responds to the title of Interdependence. Coinciding with our annual London festival, the Art Licks Weekend (17-20 October 2019), both the festival and magazine explore ideas of artist community, support, reciprocity, and networks. Art Licks #24 invited a selection of artists participating in the 61 festival projects to develop their work and ideas for print and give further opportunity for discussion around Interdependence. Rather than acting as a festival guide, their contributions to the magazine give further insight to their broader practices.

Grassroots projects have often been described as ‘independent’ but this implies being in isolation, outside of the system; and this does not fully reflect how people are now working today. Instead, artist projects and practices positively depend on community and rely on exchange and support from one another. It is about collectivism; trusting one another as forms of production and art making.

We want to ask: what is most important when working together? What is it to care and what investment does that require? What structures need developing for sustainable outcomes?

Contributions to the magazine acknowledge the importance of support, care, and friendship as structures for working.