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GRAFT celebrates contemporary art across 3 festivals

For Autumn 2018, GRAFT presents FETE; a series of 3 events linked with festivals in Lancaster and London. FETE brings art out of the gallery and into public spaces, celebrating the importance of making together and using it to start conversations.

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Image credit:¬†Jayoon Choi, ‘Blend In’ film still

Light Up Lancaster
Indrani Ashe
Jayoon Choi
Hannah Catherine Jones
Eden Mitsenmacher
Ayesha Tan Jones

02 – 03/11/18


A Light Up Lancaster fringe event, GRAFT presents a trail of video art through the city centre, presenting exceptional films in unexpected locations.

The work will be shown on 5 screens installed in windows of local businesses – shops, cafes, offices, council buildings, hairdressers – facing the street around the city centre. Films will be shown on a loop; audiences may engage with them for a few seconds, or for several rotations of playback.

This project will consider video work as a means of exploring identity and image construction through visual language, relating to the importance of location and cultural background. Each work investigates various contexts for the role of place in building identities. The selected artists present a different approach to video art, ranging from animation to performance to camera, photo collage to digital manipulation.


SauerkrautImage credit: Foodsketz

Lancaster Harvest Market
Foodsketz: Alison Claire and Cat Smith
10 – 4pm

Market Square,

For the Harvest Market, and linked to the first Lancaster Health Festival, GRAFT will work with artist duo Foodsketz to run a free public workshop. Foodsketz will demonstrate how to make sauerkraut from local produce, which will be packaged into jars as colourful edible artworks for visitors to take away. The drips and splashes from the making process will be captured on fabric and presented as a collaborative art work.

All are welcome: drop by and have a go at making your own edible and beautiful piece of art! Suitable for all ages, and all equipment is provided.


image3Image credit: Joe Cotgrave

Art Licks Weekend
Paul Coombs
Joe Cotgrave
In collaboration with GAFF

LAUNCH 04/09/18, 6 – 9pm
OPEN: 05 – 07/09/18, 12 – 6pm
EVENT: 07/09/18, 2 -3 pm

48 Greville Road
E17 9HG

16 Cavendish Street

A conversation between 2 artists, 2 spaces and 2 cities.

Homework simultaneously brings together the work of artists Joe Cotgrave at GRAFT, Lancaster and Paul Coombs at GAFF, Walthamstow in a collaborative conversation. Each artist will occupy separate domestic spaces in London and Lancaster, producing and installing work over the course of the show.The video, performance, sculptural and light pieces created and exhibited over the course of these residencies will be both reflective of and responsive to each artists’ practice, as well as being shaped by the domestic spaces the work inhabits. Both artists explore themes of identity, sexuality and body through physical manifestations in sculpture, seeking to communicate their lived experience through collective experiences within performative or workshop settings.

Taking place as part of Art Licks Weekend 2018, Homework will explore means of using mutual support and resource sharing as a solution to creating new networks that branch outside of the dominant arts scene to smaller artist led communities in the wider UK. Collaboration between GRAFT in Lancaster and GAFF in Walthamstow will open a dialogue across the UK, offering each other a platform to become visible to audiences in London and Lancaster.



GRAFT LANCASTER CIC is a not-for-profit company working to support and exhibit emerging artists, and promoting the value of visual arts and creative education with schools and young people.