STIK, Patron of the Arts: In 2014 STIK created 'Big Mother' with us, the tallest public art in the UK in Acton. Since then STIK has supported ARTification and the work the Charity undertakes, particularly with disadvantaged communities.
STIK is a minimalist, figurative painter and sculptor who focuses exclusively on the human body in line form. STIK’s has created some of the largest public artworks in London, New York and Tokyo and his 12 ft (4m) bronze sculpture ‘Holding Hands’ is installed permanently in London’s Hoxton Square. As an activist STIK works with the N.H.S.,…Read More
Patron of the Arts: ARTification is honoured that Pioneering photographer, James Barnor, is our longstanding Patron. Since we first met in 2002, James exhibited his iconic photographs at the first Acton Visual Arts exhibition in 2003, remaining a supporter. Since then, his work has reached new heights and James is now recognised as a trailblazer.
Born in Ghana in 1929, James Barnor opened his renowned Ever Young studio in Accra, where he immortalized a nation at the moment of its independence. He was one of the first photojournalists to collaborate with The Daily Graphic, a…Read More
Celebrating 20 years of Artification with ARTi Trustee & Hikeyetna founder Sulaiman Othman, Arts Councils Symone Williams, MP Rupa Huq, Street Artist ATM, ARTi Director Rachel Pepper, DrumCams Mike McKenzie & many more at W3 venue, North Acton Pavilion.
“Now in our 20th year, we are celebrating our achievements and planning our development. There is much to celebrate as we move forward. Supporting local artists & creatives, ARTification has also brought a sense of community and pride to the streets and…Read More
Public art by ATM. Goldfinch mural at W3 Studio in North Acton Playing Fields.
ATM spoke of the piece: "Goldfinches were chosen as a subject by local residents because they are such a popular bird in the area. Local people stopped a smuggling ring for goldfinches, which were being illegally trapped in the park and playing fields for sale. That was a big success and shows what a good effect residents can have when they are aware and intervene."
The official unveiling took place on 28/10/23. A lovely gathering at ARTi's W3 Venue with creatives, residents, supporters,…Read More
Poetry Nights: We are pleased to announce monthly spoken word events at W3 gallery. Whilst we have held spoken word events in the past, the September evening sparked interest and a desire to hold more.
Fantastic poetry evening hosted by Anthony Smith, featuring the Acton Poets, author poets: Caroline Maldonado, Amir Darwish, Alice Thompson & others for Open-Mic. Plus special guest the Ealing Mayor, Hitesh Taylor. As this was such a success we are planning more.
More coming soon. Welcoming all spoken word artists and poets. Get in touch if you'd like to share.Read More
Place/Space & Walking Art: Applied Sociology through Art field-researcher Evgenia Kritikou will introduce you to the concept of walking art, the binary opposition of the terms place and space and how connections between the above can affect our sense of belonging. Together we will discuss a walker's immediate experience of the environment, from the aimless wandering of Baudelaire's flaneur to contemporary peripatetic artist's practices in connection with global issues such as migration and climate change. By reflecting on our own experiences and views on walking, we will discuss…Read More
Stimulating ideas and conversation. Community-led designer and practice-based researcher, Marcus Willcocks introduced tools for diverse voices to articulate & communicate around experiences of change in North Acton & Park Royal. Creative Industry Business Adviseror, James West spoke on how to turn an idea into a business case.Read More
The European educational Erasmus+ Programme in a collaboration between Greece, Italy, Poland, UK, and Turkey. After the previous meetings during the last 2 years, it was Turkey's turn to welcome organisers and participants. Getting ARTi with European colleagues, our official partner Double Helix & high school students in Gonen, Turkey (pictured here) at the final meeting of the Erasmus+ project.
The main pillar of the programme is the understanding of art and its impact on the lives of people who, discovering the beauty of art, manage to discover the value and meaning of life. …Read More