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EXHIBITION: The Living Free Art Collective

October 6, 2015-November 1, 2015

The Living Free Art Collective is a group of creatives mainly based in South London.  The heart of the collective is community. Grass roots. Coming together to create something special. The two bonding elements are freedom and the inclusion of all. The freedom to express and exist without limits.  Secondly the inclusion of all. Hence the use of ‘art for all’ on the flyer.

Living Free Art Collective - Alec SaundersWhat bonds all the work together is the energy of artists, photographers, poets, performers and creatives. The positive energy about what they do and the ideas they want to express. Each person in the collective is unique to themselves and a creative in their own right. Rather than a single creative idea or theme to the art, our main purpose is to bring people together and share. The individual messages of each artists in one place symbolises the idea of co-existing together side-by-side. Perhaps the challenge for the audience is to contextualise a broad range of creations. To accept them as one.

With the saturation of artists in certain parts of London and the changing face of Croydon, it Living Free Art Collective - Nahwand Jaffonly made sense to create our own movement. To show off the talent and skill of people from all types of background. This is something we are proud of. A collective which includes local artists from the north part of the borough as well as surrounding areas. You don’t have to compromise your vision in order to fit in. We don’t believe in sanitised art.

Living Free Art Collective - Priya Barot

With the help of Matthews Yard (who support a broad range of artists) we have been able to get together our first exhibition as a collective. A great chance for those involved to showcase and inspire. Hopefully inspire others to creative their own art or even join the collective.

About the artists

Currently 10 creatives make up the collective:

Hark1karan – Painter, photographer and creative (Croydon, Thornton Heath)

Leon Bartholomew – Drawing, sketching and illustrator (Croydon, Thornton Heath)

Alec Saunders – Mixed artists covering all forms of art (Croydon)

Vega – Painter, illustrator and photographer (Croydon, Thornton Heath)

Anjali Barot – Poetry (Tooting)

Priya Barot – Painter (Finbury Park)

Lee Fairweather – Film and music writer (Wandsworth)

Danny Sloff Hedges – Painter (Croydon)

Grace Humphreys – Sketching and drawing (Croydon, Thornton Heath)

Nahwand Jaff – Photographer

Living Free Art Collective - Danny Sloff HedgesPerforming and entertaining at the launch party we have:
Oliver Sudden – DJ (Upper Norwood)
Mike Lawse – DJ (Croydon, Thornton Heath)
Darren Christopher Randon – Spoken Word (Croydon, Thornton Heath)
Michael Balamwezi – Spoken Word (Croydon, Thornton Heath)

More information – http://www.hark1karan.com/livingfreeart/


October 6, 2015
November 1, 2015
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