It’s been a busy month for SKIP Gallery. Hot on the heels of the wildly successful David Shrigley show, Catherine and Lee decided that SKIP Gallery should present yet another world first for this year’s Art Night. Now in its second edition, Art Night, in association with the Whitechapel Gallery, presents a free one-night programme of contemporary art, performance, music and architecture, which takes place from early evening until dawn and moves to a different part of London each year. This year SKIP Gallery was part of its associate programme and our contribution was to present….wait for it…. alternative life drawing classes inside the skip, taught by the brilliant Jake Spicer of Draw Brighton
. Featuring a variety of models and poses, the classes encouraged visitors to take up their pencils and sketch a spotlit life model from the intimate, amphitheater style seating area. For amateurs and professionals alike, the SKIP Gallery offered a new type of drawing experience, and everyone who came had an incredible immersive learning experience. Thank you to everyone who helped to make it an amazing night.
But of course all that would have been too simple for SKIP Gallery. Not content with doing something this radical, during these art classes the magnificent globe trotting street artist, Ben Eine set to work creating a new artwork on the sides of the skip. Hailed as a pioneer of letterform street art, Ben Eine
came to prominence through his symbiotic partnership with street artist Banksy, with his work famously being gifted to Barack Obama from David Cameron in 2010. Always creating mischief, for his skip piece Ben decided it would be fun to decorate the skip with ‘SKIP HIRE’ featuring skip founder Lee’s mobile number. One word – cheeky.
For the rest of the week the skip, based in Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School playground, was home to a series of fantastic workshops for the school children, hosted by Nikki Shaill, playing the part of Piksa – a friendly creature who lives inside the skip. Through creative exploration the children learnt about the upcycling and adaptation of found treasures, while contributing their artworks to the museum of curiosities.