Ladbroke Grove’s Westbank Gallery will host the first London Art Battle, live competitive painting – you decide the winner. This exciting social art event has been gathering a cult following in Manchester over the last three years. The premise is that 10 artists have 30 minutes to paint, draw and create on a blank A3 canvas in two rounds, the audience are given tokens when they enter and vote on the rounds resulting in an Art Battle Champion – the atmosphere is clubby, yet relaxed and very supportive. It is being touted as the most inclusive arts event ever, ‘art by the people for the people’. The art on the night gets auctioned off in a silent auction with money split between the artist and local west London charity ‘ACAVA’ (Association for Cultural Advancement in Visual Arts). It is an event that has to be attended to really understand the atmosphere – like an open mic night for artists, but more fun.
Two seasoned art crusaders, Dean Stalham formally of ‘Arts Saves Lives’ and me from arts charity Stretch went to the events in Manchester and immediately fell in love with the concept. It was unlike any arts event I had ever been to, really supportive, accessible and fun. I am always interested in new and exciting ways of ‘presenting’ art and opening it up to a new audience, I immediately wanted to take part and to somehow use the format to encourage other people to have a go’.
The whole evening will compered by Hattie Pearson from XFM and 5Live who has been compering the Manchester events and is: ‘’stoked to be hosting the first ever Art Battle London after holding the fort in Manchester’’. There will be music from DJ and Art Battle contestant Nick Spiers and an after party in the gallery. The Golden Paintbrush for Art Battle I will be handed over by Kirsty Allison, an infamous and highly regarded London based artist and writer and editor of Cold Lips, who will also be donating a piece for the auction.